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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.
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