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John Kenny

Rendille mother and child

Country  –   Kenya
Culture   –   Rendille
Year        –    2011


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Like the Maasai, Rendille women and their children keep their hair very short. This mother, however, leaves a tuft of hair remaining on the front of her child which has been bleached lighter by the powerful equatorial sun of their home.

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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