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John Kenny

Lady elder of Suguta

Country  –   Kenya
Culture   –   Turkana
Year        –    2009


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The Suguta Valley is separated from Lake Turkana by a chain of volcanoes . It is one of the most inhospitable places on earth with temperatures sometimes reaching  60 degrees centigrade and yet small numbers of Turkana families choose to make it their home.

I arrived at one of the villages with a cousin of a local woman, and received a warm welcome, including from this elderly lady.  We stayed until the temperature of the volcanic road had cooled enough for us to travel without destroying our vehicle’s tyres.  Not long after we left the valley was raided by Pokot tribesmen to steal the goats and livestock of these impoverished communities.

John Kenny’s work is all shot on location in some of the remotest corners of Africa. His images are all taken with natural light and his subjects in their day to day attire.

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

Oromo lady of Bati

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