Through the Eyes of a Himba Child

Himba Child, Namibia

For years, an ancient, semi-nomadic tribe of herders known as the Himba has drawn photographers to Namibia’s northwest. The community living among the majestic Makalani palms at Palmfontein invite visitors to learn more about their proud and ancient lifestyle and culture. While still a traditional tribe, they are becoming familiar with looking at themselves through a camera screen. When I arrived with a GoPro, though, their reaction was priceless. I showed a few children, both young toddlers and older teens, how to hold the GoPro and my Canon T2i and what things looked like through the viewing screen. They took a few photos and videos for themselves and results are beautiful!

Each of these photographs was captured by a Himba child, or myself, with either my GoPro or my Canon camera. I just showed them how to hold the camera.

Himba Boy, NamibiaHimba Boy, NamibiaHimba Girl, Namibia

Himba Dancing, Namibia

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Himba Lady, Age 16, Namibia

Himba Tribe, Namibia

Himba Feet, Namibia

Himba Tribe, Namibia

Himba Boy Waving, Namibia

Do you have questions about their lifestyle and culture? I’ll share more this week.

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65 thoughts on “Through the Eyes of a Himba Child

    • Thank you, Rick!

      Each day, I am reminded of the beautiful life that I live. I’m excited about my accomplishments and all that I’ve learned along the way. Life is beautiful 🙂

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    • Oh I, too, hope that you get to go! If you have any questions at all please let me know. I know a great company, ATI Holidays, that arrange everything down to the last detail. They are absolutely fantastic! I look forward to reading about your trip. 🙂

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  1. Gosh darn awesome pictures. The Himba youngsters who took these pictures, shows what is important to them through the viewfinder. Yes, do tell more about these people. I haven’t heard of this tribe before. 🙂

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    • I remind myself daily of how truly blessed my life is and I try not to take it for granted. I have been given opportunities that few ever experience in life. It is magical. 🙂

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  2. Wonderful pictures, they put you right there. Such awesome talent and isn’ it just wonderful to experience this! Thank you for sharing your adventure.

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    • I am blessed! It was an eye=opening experience. I have so much more to say. It’s difficult to write it all down. I may even create a video of my day with the Himba Tribe. 🙂

      Have you ever been to Africa?

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  3. These are so awesome!! Traveling with a camera is always such an unexpectedly compelling way to interact with the world, with people — I had a really similar experience on one of my first fieldwork trips in India. Kids, for some reason, seem to especially love messing around with pictures of themselves 🙂

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  4. As beautiful as you said. . . and priceless. Children in other countries are so open and express their joy so easily. What’s happening to our children? They are so wary, or else jaded of the camera.

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