20 Tim Thornton

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I have always enjoyed taking photos from being a young boy when I helping with black and white printing with my father. Rather than a strict area of work I am more driven by inspiration. Recently mainly my young grandchildren.

I have always been fascinated when observing other cultures especially when they continue to wear their traditional dress.

I worked in Namibia with the San tribe which is the oldest in the world and under several threats. They are gentle and outstanding in what they do, but lack dull stuff like punctuality and remaining in post when they have an urge to visit relations.

Occasionally I drove to the north west of Namibia to another interesting tribe, the Himba who still cling to their traditional way of life. Photographing dark skin in the full sun is tricky so I tried to work in the shade or in their huts.

I love recording nature especially during lockdown.

San Mother

  • This beautiful Mum sang sweetly to her baby using a range of clicks typical of the San.
Village Health Worker

  • She too became a village health worker, organising preventive work and giving initial advice on a range of illnesses.
Young Himba woman

  • The younger women acquire a range of leather and brass decoration and take great care in their appearance even when they milk the goats, make ‘yoghurt’ or walk for miles to the nearest shop.
Himba girls

  • Younger Himba girls wear their braided hair forwards and use a black colouring in the fat.
Goats at sundown

  • As the sun goes down the goats are led into the central enclosure and a lovely calm descends.
Deep in thought

  • I was struck how closely the colour of the huts would be reflected in the clothes they wore.
Wild Dogs Feeding

  • The organisation I worked for also rescued rare carnivores. Wild dogs are ferocious both within and beyond the pack. They should be loved from a distance.
Start the day with a little Yoga

  • Seals are very endearing and fascinating to watch from a distance. A low tide at dawn is a great experience.