David Ballam - KANA 26 - Turkana Girl IV, Lake Turkana, Kenya.


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KANA 26 - Turkana Girl V, Lake Turkana, Kenya

David says: 

The photograph is a portrait of a young Turkana Girl.
Although the Turkana people occupy large terrotories of Kenya, I did photograph this girl on the southern shores of Lake Turkana which is found in the north of Kenya, bordering Ethiopia and South Sudan.
Livestock is an important aspect of Turkana culture. Goats, camels and donkeys are the primary herd stock utilized by the Turkana people. Livestock functions not only as a milk and meat producer, but as form of currency used for bride-price negotiations and dowries.
The Turkana people have elaborate clothing and adornment styles. Clothing is used to distinguish between age groups, development stages, occasions and status of individuals or groups in the Turkana community.
Women will customarily wear necklaces, and will shave the sides of their head completely leaving only the top hair which is then braided.

David Ballam was born and schooled in Johannesburg, South Africa. He first attended university in Cape Town but later moved to Rhodes University in the Eastern Cape. He was introduced to the camera by Obie Oberholzer and in 2004 gained his Fine Art Degree with Honours in photography. David returned to Johannesburg and after several years’ experience in the commercial world of photography he reverted his attention back to his Fine Art roots. Intrigued and inspired by new faces, places, culture’s and customs David focuses his attention on taking any opportunity to travel and explore the African landscape, finding and creating images that transcend the subject matter into Fine Art prints.

Size : 120cm x 80cm

Strecthed Canvas

Frame : 4cm OP Frame

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