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Taken in a Maasai village earlier this year.

These guys were amazing but I found this part of my trip a little disconcerting as the village is a 'tourist village' set up specifically to entertain visitors and provide an 'insight' into Maasai life. There is a fee to go in, set pieces of entertainment such as creating fire and dancing and a market where you can buy their goods. It all felt very sad and when I looked later at the pictures I took of the women singing there appeared to be no expression in their faces - all very resigned and compliant. No joy.

The trip was still fantastic however and I enjoyed speaking with them and their families - don't want this to be too negative!

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:24 Feb 2014 - 12:13 PM
Focal Length:24mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/6.3
Shutter Speed:1/320sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Manual
Title:Maasai Aerobics
Username:SisterPinkie SisterPinkie
Uploaded:5 Jul 2014 - 2:06 PM
Tags:Dancing, General, Kenya, Landscape / travel, Maasai mara, Photo journalism, Portraits / people, Sports / action, Traditional, Tribal, Warriors
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doerthe e2 Member 2doerthe vcard United States
5 Jul 2014 - 3:02 PM

Very nice photo, but you are right, this kind of life no longer exists, only kept alive for the sake of tourism.

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SisterPinkie e2 Member 3SisterPinkie vcard United Kingdom
5 Jul 2014 - 3:14 PM

I had just spent 2 weeks working in clinics in the north west Turkana Region where the rural, pastoral way of life still has real meaning and a lot of extreme poverty so seeing this afterwards made me very uncomfortable and cynical. In hindsight I would rather have spent 3 weeks in Turkana!

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