Palm Wine Collectors A photography project by Kyle Weeks

“I photographed this series of eight portraits in 2015 on my return to the Kunene region of Namibia. A young Himba man named Wakarerera Tjondu, whom I had met earlier in 2014, led me through the palm groves and proudly introduced me to the palm tapping process for the first time.

The Himba people from this area have utilized Makalani palms for generations, passing down the knowledge and technique needed to carry out the process of obtaining the liquid. To begin the process, the collectors select a well-aged, sizable male palm. Its size and proximity to ground water will determine the amount of sap it produces. The most productive palms secrete over one hundred liters per tap. Once selected, the trunk is then pierced with stakes carved from harder wood. These act as steps upward toward the leaves and flower at the top.

Although the Makalani palm is a protected tree in Namibia and the tapping of palms a banned practice, the Himba firmly believe that it is their right to continue the tradition. They argue against Western law and instead follow ancient cultural traditions that respect these palms through their utilization. In turn, they promote their conservation on a local, cultural level.” – kyle Weeks

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Monthly Photo Contest

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2021 Street Photography AWARD Deadline: 23 September 2021

"It’s not the streets, it’s where the streets lead you that’s important." - Bruce Davidson

One of the most exciting and influential forms of photography, in September we are on the lookout for the best images capturing the pulse of the street.

From candid and unexpected situations to meticulous geometric scenes within the urban sphere, at home or abroad: we want to discover how YOU see the streets!⁠


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