Al Humdilawarhi by Valarie Napawanetz
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Illela, Niger, is a village south of Tahou, on the the southern edge of the Sahara in an area known as the Sahel. As a Peace Corps Volunteer, I went house to house speaking with women about nutrition and hygiene. On one of my visits, I met Al Humdilawarhi, a Tuareg, and was struck by the quiet dignity and strength of his presence. Shot with a Topcon 35 mm camera using Tri-X film.

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niger, africa, tuareg

Seeing the world through the lens of a camera provides both distance and intimacy. I have been interested in photography ever since my mother gave me my first SLR, a Topcon, four decades ago. I began writing poetry at about the same time. Both have made my life a richer experience.

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  • Magriet Meintjes
    Magriet Meintjesover 4 years ago

    Striking black and white capture, well done!

  • Thank you, Margaret.

    – Valarie Napawanetz

  • Geoff Dodd
    Geoff Doddover 4 years ago

    Congrats on your feature in Black and White Film

  • Thank you, Geoff.

    – Valarie Napawanetz

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