Namibia, Himba Front And Back, 2000
Namibia, Himba Front And Back, 2000

Namibia, Himba Front And Back, 2000 - The young Himba women in this photograph are wearing nearly identical costumes and have nearly identical hair. Himba women were both beautiful and gentle. The only other people I ever met in all my travels who inspired me in the same way were the Melanesians. This was remarkable to me in that both groups were among the most 'primitive' people left on Earth. It was through encounters with such people that I was imbued with the sense that as we travel away from our primeval beginnings to a more modern state of being, we are losing the precious gift of innocence and some other indefinable, intangible human quality that comes from living close to the Earth. It seemed ironic to me that in the most primitive people I found the most advanced behaviors: gentility, generosity, sincerity and artlessness.

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