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Puckered Up

Puckered Up
Photograph by Michael Nichols

Astonished at his first taste of the salty Atlantic Ocean, Jean-Jacques Bobo retreats from the water to share his thoughts with the other Baka Pygmies on Fay’s team, as Fay urges them one by one to the edge of the surf. Far from their homes in the forests of northern Gabon, the Pygmies were making their first visit to the ocean, which they described as an enormous salty river.



Camera: Leica M6
Film Type: Kodak Tmax 100
Lens: 35mm 1.4
Speed and F-Stop: Unrecorded
Weather Conditions: Overcast
Time of Day: Unrecorded
Lighting Techniques: Unrecorded

Special Equipment or Comments:
Jean-Jacques' “Fish and Chips” shirt lasted seven months in the forest—is a Baka pygmy from the border of Cameroon and Gabon. For months he walked in anticipation—and with a little fear—of seeing the great salty river he had heard of. After tasting the water, he sat for a long time on solid ground with his brother and discussed this madness.


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