Can you tell us about the motivations behind the artistic choice to have them posed against a black background?
My Tribal Muse series is a collection of intimate portraits of the beautiful Suri/Surma tribal people. Some of them were intentionally photographed against a black backdrop, so the focus can be on their beauty and artistic skills. The whole idea was that the focus of the viewer would be on the portrait itself with no other distractions whatsoever. The sense of individuality and creativity is very strong amongst the people and as a photographer, I felt that I need to share the story—the story of creativity and beauty, a story that goes beyond the world of poverty and beyond the fear of the unknown places.