Desert Song: Compositions of Kenya

A celebration of femininity and youth in the Kenyan Desert


 

Desert Song presents the women and children of the resilient Rendille and Samburu tribes in portraiture paying homage to modern + contemporary fashion photography. Dressed in the traditional clothing native to this desert territory, the visual language of this series blurs geographic and cultural lines and reveals a people exuding an enviable harmony with their land.

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The Ubiquitous Beads of Northern Kenyan Cultures

 


 

Worn by the women of the Rendille & Samburu tribes, these elaborate necklaces are created painstakingly by hand. Every detail, from the way beads are placed next to one another to the quantity of each color, indicates information about the wearer. Film coming soon.

Confident and regal, the women of the Samburu & Rendille cultures are classically and timelessly beautiful. I found their strength and pride in their heritage to be an extraordinary part of their identity.

Drew Doggett

  • Fabric of Youth


     

    “On the brink of her adult life Adato looks into her future. The abstract swirl of fabric around her is bold, just like her spirit.”

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  • time stands still


     

    “When taking this image, it was as if Mindisayo existed in a meditative state of fearlessness and courage.”

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  • Youth Reflective


     

    “No matter where you are, there is something universally innocent yet confident about youth on the brink of adulthood.”

    Drew Doggett

     

  • ray of light


     

    “In this image, Mindisayo savors the present moment in a vision of calmness and tranquility.”

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  • Arteti Leading Camels


     

    “Spear in hand, Rendille warrior Arteti guides his family’s camels to the sacred Korole Wells for drinking. Being a warrior is the highest honor.”

    Drew Doggett

     

  • kingdom come


     

    “The Samburu warriors eagerly showed me this lookout. They intimately know their land as if they were born to protect it and its inhabitants.”

    Drew Doggett

     

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    Culture & community in the Kenyan Desert

     


     

    In the salt flats, the unforgiving sun and heat seemed to be endless. The Earth was baked into a thick, thirsty crust.

     

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    Culture & community in the Kenyan Desert

     


     

    Since animals are considered part of the community, they are kept in secure enclosures near the people’s homes.

     

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    Culture & community in the Kenyan Desert

     


     

    A traditional village (as seen here from above) has a very specific layout that is designed to easily be packed up and moved.

     

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    Culture & community in the Kenyan Desert

     


     

    Every resident, no matter what age, plays a role in village life. Even the children would corral the animals at the end of the day.

     

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    Culture & community in the Kenyan Desert

     


     

    From above, you can see the smaller enclosures for pregnant animals and babies. They are afforded extra protection from any possible predators.

     

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    Culture & community in the Kenyan Desert

     


     

    Here a young boy carries the bowl used to collect milk, or blood, from the animals.

     

     

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