The Beauty And Wonder Of The Samburu
Breathtaking Images Of A Remote Culture Captured by Hélène DeSerres
Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Hélène DeSerres is recognized globally for her art as a painter, photographer, and sculptor. DeSerres paints in a variety of styles, including abstract, impressionism, and realism, and her work incorporates acrylic paintings, sculpture, and photography, She has been using art to highlight some of the most distinct subjects from around the world, regularly flying to remarkable sites to capture exclusive sights through her photography.
Describing art as her “Oxygen,” DeSerres cares deeply about the environment and protecting animals. Natural landscapes, majestic creatures, and bold pigments are prominent features of her work as a painter, and many of her series delve deep into the theme of environmental conservation.
Recently, DeSerres traveled to Kenya to manifest subtle and arresting photographs of The Rift Valley, a province known for its dry and somewhat barren land. DeSeres takes a storytelling approach to each photo creating carefully orchestrated compositions that remain as witnesses of sublime moments spent with the locals. Located in Northern Kenya, the Rift Valley province is a place where one can find the Samburu people, a fascinating tribe of Kenya of semi-nomadic pastoralists who relocate every five to six weeks to find fresh grazing grounds. Samburu men are known for their strength and deep connection with nature, they’ve been known to use their bare hands to kill lions that attack their camels.
This notable tribe of Kenya is called Samburu because of its butterfly-like people. Samburu is a literal translation of the word butterfly. Both women and men of this tribe are vibrantly beautiful and adorn themselves in a wide array of colors, women’s tribal dress’ consist of several rings of beaded necklaces, symbolizing their wealth.
DeSerres has captured the true essence, soul, and spirit of Samburu people in her current series. She presents to us Images of locals in their day-to-day routines where men are tending young cattle while women are diligently working to gather roots and vegetables. Warmly welcomed in the households of Samburu women, DeSerres captured them in their organic state of being.
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