Kama Sutra Temples
she is gorgeous, I love how she did the wrap
Algeria, August 1973
Hands gleaming darkly with the indigo dye that colours her robe, a woman of the Tuareg- wandering Berbers of the Sahara- clasps her traditions close. The incised brass key marks her as guardian of the family’s saddlebags.
Oman 1917 National Geographic photographer unknown
Portrait of Nigerian people in the 1960s
Men dry betel nuts in George Town, Malaysia, 1938.
Photograph by Maynard Owen Williams, National Geographic
Cuautla, Mexico 1977 Tom Nebbia
One of the voids left behind in the digital age of photography is the excitement and mystery of picking up developed prints from a roll of film.
Imagine the thrill Senongo Akpemfelt when he and his family discovered a trove of slide film taken by their mother, Emily, during her work as a missionary and nurse in Nigeria during the 1960s and ’70s.
“I had no idea most of this stuff was there,” Akpem said about the images. “We knew this stuff was around, but I had no idea of the depth of it.”
A family friend in Nigeria collected the film and had it developed in the United States. Since then, Akpem has started to edit the film, scanning images and uploading them to a website he started calledLost Nigeria.
The images tell the story of his mother’s journey to Nigeria in the early 1960s, when she left her home in California to work as a missionary nurse at the Benue Leprosy Settlement. While there, she fell in love with a Nigerian reverend doctor and had three children—two daughters and a son, Senongo, the youngest born in 1979. The family moved back to the United States soon thereafter and lived between Michigan, California and Nigeria over the next decade.
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