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John Kenny


Country  –   Kenya
Culture   –   Rendille
Year        –    2009


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I was drawn to this Rendille lady by her startling blue eyes and magnetic stare. It was fascinating to see one or two others in the community and other settlements of the Kaisut Desert in northern Kenya with the same unusual characteristic.

She was waiting with many other women for the weekly aid drop that provided much needed grain and oil. The drought which affected northern Kenya on and off for a decade has significantly altered Rendille life. Communities have become less nomadic as the land has become less able to support even the relatively modest resource demands of nomadic life.

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.


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