Ituri Forest Pygmies | Who Rules the Forest? National Geographic Magazine: Pygmy Woman Carries Fire in Ituri Forest | DR of Congo

Pygmy Woman Carries Fire in Ituri Forest | DR of Congo

Pygmy Woman Carries Fire in Ituri Forest | DR of Congo

I had no choice to use a strobe for this photograph, but the strobe scares the bejesus out of these folks… Paluku told me they’ve never seen a white guy before… and I felt it when the small children screamed and dogs barked at me

This is flash blur because it was dark, but I was also trying to get a feeling for the mystical quality of the forest and how these folks have to survive on their own and feed their families.  It’s like when they drop off the marines in some remote jungle with three matches and a fork—but this is not a week’s training—it is for the rest of their lives.

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