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A LOOK BACK at the beautiful documentary photography of Hans Silvester’s stay with the Surma and Mursi people of the Omo Valley in southern Ethiopia from 2006 - 2007. Focusing on these tribes’ ancient traditions of temporary body adornment via mineral paints and floral headpieces, Silvester created this portfolio as a means to “save… as much as possible of this truly living art, which is mobile, changing, subject to infinite variation, and whose constituent elements… form a link between man and nature.”

ALL IMAGES © HANS SILVESTER. 

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Two weeks ago today, my boyfriend of over a year broke my heart. I loved him with everything I had, and thought that we were perfect together. Apparently I was alone in that thought, and now I feel more alone than ever.
This is the hardest thing I’ve ever gone through. Every day is different, some are easier than others, but I am trying to find happiness and strength wherever I can. I have an amazing and supportive group of friends, and I have found that art is the one thing that will always be there for me, even when no one else is.
About a month ago, I mentioned to my boyfriend that I had seen photos of artists painting on people’s backs, and how I had always wanted to try it. He said I could do it to him sometime, and I was really excited about it.
But now he’s gone. So I did it to myself. 🌹I’m proud of this painting and the strength (and flexibility to paint on my own back??) I am finding in myself.

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“Her face was like the night sky…you could almost trace out the constellations with her star-like freckles”


Inspiration: @qinni ’s starred freckles painting.