TITLE: People of the Earth
Himba woman with child from the Kunene Region, Namibia.
For a Himba woman, her hair is her power. These semi-nomadic people live in one of the most extreme environments on earth, the deserts that border Namibia with Angola. As water is scarce they use a mixture of pastes on both their bodies and hair. These pastes blend the aromatic resin of the omazumba shrub with animal fat and ground red pigmented stone. This ‘otjize’ paste gives the women’s skin and hair a distinctive red glow which symbolizes both blood, the essence of life, and the earth’s rich red colour.
AUTHOR: Alex Tsarfin (Israel)
Alex Tsarfin | Conceptual Beauty, Portrait & Fine Art Photography at ATP Studio, Tirat Carmel, Israel.
The story of Alex's creative development as a photographer is a beautiful testament to the evolution of an artist. Starting out as a multi-genre photographer, Alex eventually found his true calling in capturing the natural beauty of the female form. This is evident in his beautiful shots and restrained photographic style.
However, Alex's growth as a photographer didn't end there. He began to explore the deeper psychological concept of aesthetics, and how our personal perceptions of beauty and appearance are shaped by societal norms and cultural conditioning. Through his work with models, Alex learned to strip away artificial notions of beauty and capture their true selves and inner beauty in a way that is both authentic and empowering.
This journey of self-discovery is reflected in Alex's photographs, which have become a celebration of the natural beauty that lies within us all. His evolution as an artist is a beautiful example of the power of creativity and the importance of personal growth in the pursuit of art.
2022 | Monochrome Photography Awards | 2nd Place in Fashion / Beauty
2022 | New York Photography Awards | Category, Gold, and Seven Silver Awards
2021 | New York Photography Awards | Three Gold and Seven Silver Awards
2021 | MUSE Photography Awards | Nine Gold and One Silver Awards
2020 | Le Prix de la Photographie de Paris | Silver in Fine Art/Nudes
2020 | Fine Art Photography Awards | 2nd Place in Fashion
2019 | International Color Awards | 2nd Place in Fashion
2019 | Le Prix de la Photographie de Paris | Bronze in Portraiture/Personality
2019 | Siena International Photo Awards | Finalist in Portrait
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