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Animal Spirit Power
Photograph by Kenneth Garrett

Man was not just man when he entered the spirit world. In their trance dances Bushman artist shamans would transform into composite beings—in this case a human figure with pointed ears and antelope-like eyes and markings—as they harnessed animals’ spiritual power. After returning from the spirit world, they captured their experiences in paint.



Camera: Nikon F5
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia 50
Lens: 60mm f/2.8 Micro Nikkor
Speed and F-Stop: 1/4 @ f/11
Weather Conditions: Unrecorded
Time of Day: Noon
Lighting Techniques: Flashlight





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