This Series Captures Nambian Men Scaling Trees for Palm Wine Sap

By: Erica Francis - Aug 10, 2016
References: kyleweeksphoto & designboom
Cape Town-based photographer Kyle Weeks' 'Palm Wine Collectors' series is a beautiful visual documentary of a historical practice in Namibia. Set in the Kunene Region, the images are crisp with a slightly muted tone that mimics a painting. The shots capture Namibian men as they climb up to the top of palm trees to tap on the trunk to collect a milky substance that creates the wine. The tappers documented all descend from the Himba tribe, a culture that sees palm wine collecting as a traditional part of life. The practice is rather dangerous due to the heights the men scale in order to access the sap -- palm wine collecting in this manner is actually illegal in Namibia.

Kyle Week sheds light on African cultures through his work in a captivating way that would appeal to all nomads and worldly consumers.

Photo Credits: designboom, kyleweeksphoto