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Masked ceremonial Dogon dancer near Sangha, Bandiagara escarpment, Dogon area

Masked ceremonial Dogon dancer near Sangha, Bandiagara escarpment, Dogon area


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Filename: 252-11101.jpg

Size: 4992 x 3328 (4.5MB)

Date: 25th July 2008

Source: WorldInPrint

Credit: Gavin Hellier/Robert Harding

© Gavin Hellier

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Masked ceremonial Dogon dancer near Sangha, Bandiagara escarpment, Dogon area

Masked ceremonial Dogon dancer near Sangha, Bandiagara escarpment, Dogon area, Mali, West Africa, Africa

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© Gavin Hellier

Arts Entertainment Bandiagara Costume Cover Covering Dance Dancer Dancing Disguise Dogon Enclosing Escarpment Festival Festivity Head And Shoulder Head Dress Head Piece Mali Mask Mid Adult Only Men Outfit Perform Performance Performing Portraiture Sangha West Africa Western Africa


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This print captures the essence of a masked ceremonial Dogon dancer near Sangha, located in the Bandiagara escarpment of the Dogon area in Mali, West Africa. The image showcases a male performer standing proudly under the warm sunshine, adorned in an intricate and vibrant traditional costume. The dancer's outfit covers his entire body, encasing him in a mesmerizing display of color and cultural significance. His headpiece is particularly striking, adding an element of mystery and intrigue to his appearance. With a close-up shot that focuses on his head and shoulders, we are drawn into the rich details of this African tradition. In this moment captured by photographers Gavin Hellier and Robert Harding, we witness the energy and dynamism of a festival performance. The dancer exudes confidence as he moves with grace and precision, embodying centuries-old customs passed down through generations. The blurred motion adds an artistic touch to the photograph while emphasizing the fluidity of dance. Despite being disguised behind a mask, there is an undeniable connection between performer and viewer as he looks directly at the camera. This image serves as both a visual feast for our eyes and an invitation to explore the diverse cultures found within West Africa. It transports us to this enchanting travel destination where traditions come alive through music, dance, and celebration – reminding us of humanity's shared love for artistry and expression.

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