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Portrait of masked ceremonial Dogon dancers near Sangha, Bandiagara escarpment

Portrait of masked ceremonial Dogon dancers near Sangha, Bandiagara escarpment


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Size: 3395 x 5092 (5.7MB)

Date: 25th July 2008

Source: WorldInPrint

Credit: Gavin Hellier/Robert Harding

Job Title: Photographer

© Gavin Hellier

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Portrait of masked ceremonial Dogon dancers near Sangha, Bandiagara escarpment

Portrait of masked ceremonial Dogon dancers near Sangha, Bandiagara escarpment, Dogon area, Mali, West Africa, Africa

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© Gavin Hellier

African Ethnicity Attention Attitude Authority Bandiagara Cautioning Change Conceal Concealing Curiosity Dancer Danger Decoration Disguise Display Displaying Dogon Escarpment Exhibiting Head Dress Head Piece Hide Hiding Identity Individuality Interest Jeopardy Life Style Mali Mask Mysterious Only Men Portraiture Power Sangha Waist Up Warn Warning West Africa Western Africa Young Adult Demonstrating Demonstration Personality Secret


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This print by Gavin Hellier captures the essence of tradition and mystery in West Africa's Dogon area. The image showcases two masked ceremonial Dogon dancers, standing proudly outside near the Sangha village, against the breathtaking backdrop of the Bandiagara escarpment. The male dancers exude a sense of personality and authority as they display their heritage through this age-old tradition. Their colorful decorative masks conceal their true identities, adding an air of secrecy and intrigue to the scene. The intricate headpieces worn by these individuals further emphasize their cultural significance. In this portrait, Hellier skillfully captures both the individuality and collective spirit of these dancers. Their front-facing gaze suggests a demonstration meant to capture attention while also warning viewers about potential danger or change in their way of life. The photograph's vertical composition draws our eyes towards these enigmatic figures, inviting us to delve deeper into African culture and customs. As we look at camera alongside them, we can't help but feel curious about what lies behind those masks - what stories do they hold? Hellier's masterful photography transports us to this travel destination where ancient traditions come alive before our eyes. Through his lens, he highlights not only the beauty but also the resilience and power that emanate from within these communities in Western Africa.

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