Foto’s Blog: Special Time of Life Photos with the Masai

Jul 12, 2012   //   Tanzania  //  Comments Off on Foto’s Blog: Special Time of Life Photos with the Masai

Setting up the individual photos with the young Masai

Showing the printer with Emmanuel, Herman Kiriama (our driver) and Carolyn

PhoDOGraphers Carolyn Lane and Emmanuel Munisi while on Safari in Northern Tanzania June 2012

While on an incredible safari with G-Adventures and with the consent of our fellow travelers we added photo diplomacy to our trip. The first time we practiced Dog Meets World was impromptu stopping along the roadside with young men having recently gone through the Masai ritual of Emuratta (circumcision) and were wearing the required special black clothing for 3 months or so after their ceremony. Emmanuel explained the idea of the photo sharing project and that we would like to take their pictures and then immediately make copies to keep. While understandably skeptical they agreed. They were curious about little Foto, the mascot, but liked holding the dog prop. Wide eyes and much excited chatter while the pictures were printed in front of them (less than a minute per photo). With smiles of amazement and pride we shared their photos. Not only were these the first photos they have possessed, but the brilliant 4×6 photos will document a very important period in their lives.

Can you imagine not capturing the special times in your life with photography?

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