Wednesday, 15 August 2012

THE PHOTOGRAPHIC DIPLOMATS OF AFRICA

TIM WILLIS WITH CAROL BECKWITH
Last night I was lucky enough to be invited on a boat for a beautiful evening near Albert Bridge, Martin Summers, is truly the Renaissance man. He has often supported people in their artistic chosen fields of opera, photography and art.
"THEIR BOOKS HAVE VISION AND UNDERSTANDING OF THE ROLE OF CULTURAL TRADITIONS IN THE PURSUIT OF WORLD PEACE"
In this modern day and age I think the tribesman of Africa are quite incredible, protecting their traditions when half of us, in  modern Europe do not bother to protect ours.  Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher have published the book called "Painted Bodies"  It covers things I am interested in, tattoos, scarification, and painted bodies.  Stark, realistic and totally beautiful. They are planning a series of lectures all over the world. Famous for creating 14 books at least ,and several films. Carol and Angela are photographic diplomats.  
Taking their cameras to remote parts of Africa filming ceremonies and also visiting among many others, the tribes of Ethiopia, the Dassanech, The Congo and Royal Kuba Kingdom,
where rare, ravishing and brave footage has been shot. 

Afterwards I went to see another talented friend, designer, Sera Hershman Loftus, it was getting late in her fairy grotto. A girl with style and taste she is hard to beat. Sera organised dinner on carpets with candles and cushions, outside, on this beautiful evening in London.

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