In my compound in the village of Illela, about 75 km south of Tahoua in Niger, West Africa, Il Batul sits eating dates with her daughter in her lap. An extended family of Tuareg herders had “adopted me” after I helped them secure medical care at the local clinic where they had previously been ignored. Each afternoon, some of the women would drop by and sit beneath the tree with their children.
I liked the triangle of their hands, the detail on Il Batul’s thumb, enlarged from pounding millet with mortar and pestle, and the look of concentration on her daughter’s face as she sucked on dried dates. Shot with Topcon 35mm using Tri-X film.