cape town-based photographer kyle weeks documents the dangerous practice of palm wine collecting
 
cape town-based photographer kyle weeks documents the dangerous practice of palm wine collecting cape town-based photographer kyle weeks documents the dangerous practice of palm wine collecting
aug 09, 2016

cape town-based photographer kyle weeks documents the dangerous practice of palm wine collecting

 

design indaba: cape town-based photographer kyle weeks captures the dangerous practice of palm wine collecting in namibia. the ancient cultural tradition involves extracting the sweet, milky, white sap from various palm tree species by fastening a container to their flower stump. the process is risky as it requires tappers (people who collect sap) to scale the towering trees in order to gather the beverage.

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kyle weeks, spent months in the kunene region of namibia to document the custom in which members of the dynamic himba culture climb up palms the height of tall buildings daily. while the practice is illegal in namibia, the himba people believe in its value as a traditional practice. in his series ‘palm wine collectors‘, weeks candidly captures the tappers as they go about their collecting, letting them direct their movements and poses so that they contribute to the final composition of the image; thus using his photography to empower african traditions.

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contemporary african photography aims to establish new narratives and identities, both personal and cultural; my work is often influenced by its past and present uses, as I hope to produce work that drives important dialogue on documentary photography as well as the ethics of representing cultural ‘difference’,’ he has been

 

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