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Hide and Seek
Photograph by Randy Olson

The smack of whips drives two Mbuti girls into a Bantu mud hut as they try to avoid a phase of the nkumbi when boys enter a village and lash—lightly—the girls on whom they have crushes. Girls endure their own coming-of-age rite, including being sequestered in a special hut at the time of their first menstruation. During the nkumbi they show support for the boys by painting their own bodies with white clay.

Photo Fast Facts
Camera: Canon EOS-1D Mark II
Film Type: Digital
Lens: 24mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/160 @ f/2.8

Weather Conditions: Unrecorded
Time of Day: 7:55 p.m.
Lighting Techniques: Natural light

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