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Tradition Gets a Hand

Tradition Gets a Hand
Photograph by Karen Kasmauski

Unlike a tattoo, the pattern in henna on the hand of this high school student in Virginia will rub off within a week or so. The decorative use of henna has deep roots that run back to Africa and Asia. Today many immigrants still practice this body art, ornamenting their skin for special occasions. What does it feel like to be hennaed? “Like having your skin decorated with pudding,” says one experienced hand.



Camera: Nikon F100
Film Type: Kodak Ektachrome 200
Lens: 24mm f2.8
Speed and F-Stop: 1/20 @ f/2.8
Weather Conditions: Indoors
Time of Day: Noon
Lighting Techniques: Strobe with ambient light

Special Equipment or Comments:
Magenta 30 filter on lens; green filter on strobe.


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