John Kenny


Country  –   Kenya
Culture   –   Turkana
Year        –    2011


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I met Emon in a small Turkana village called ‘Sarima’ in the North of Kenya. It’s a wild place that seems to sit in a wind tunnel that takes its power from the enormous water mass of Lake Turkana around 30km away. It is always baking hot and a fierce wind blows throughout the day.

The aluminium leaf-shaped earrings on this elder Turkana women indicate that she is married, as does the simple metal (copper) ring necklace found near the bottom beads layers. Attached to the necklace on a string are keys, most probably for the door lock on her hut.

A return to Kenya.  On this trip John took a different approach to lighting.  Building makeshift studios from locally acquired white sheets held up by four warriors and their spears!  The suffuse light allows John to capture a remarkable level of detail.  His subjects calm demeanor belies the reality of harsh arid winds, extreme temperatures and dust.

The C-type prints are mounted with an acrylic face mount giving them a 3-dimensional appearance and a contemporary look.


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