TRIBE project with photographer Lee Howell has been featured in Dark Beauty Magazine, along some interesting and beautifully written thoughts from Lee. I was grateful for the opportunity to have some of my own thoughts included as well. The photographs speak volumes already, and are even more effective when paired with a little bit of commentary.
“Photography is an accessible medium; it holds great potential to inspire interest in and convey the beauty of a culture. Lee and I wished to create a series of photographs which would explore facets of these cultures through the medium of Lee’s unique photographic style.
Instead of placing the subjects in entirely realistic clothing and settings, but instead focused on creating photographs which would draw an emotional response from the viewer. For these photographs, we blended visual elements which allude to Maasai material culture with extraordinary settings. This series is intended to be a departure from typical “style” photography. This is a representation of the elegance of the Maasai, but also a reminder of the individuality of people worldwide – an awareness which can easily be lost.” -Stacy Jansen
“To have that powder blown up your nose is rather like being shot out of a rifle barrel lined with Baroque paintings and landing on a sea of electricity." - Explorer Wade Davis, describing a snuff-like hallucinogen taken by the Yanomami people of the Amazon rainforest
Watch the video here...
(In fact I'd encourage you to watch all of Wade Davis' TED talks. Pure brilliance, every single one.)
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