Matthieu Rivart@matthieu.rivart.official

🌍 World explorer and photographer
🎎From wildlife to vanishing cultures, each picture tells its own story 🦁
🏆International awards winner

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Matthieu Rivart

Since I was a child I’ve wanted to go to South Africa to visit the Zulu’s.
I’ve always been fascinated by their history and culture.
I remember walking through the small villages around Isandhlwana, where the Zulu army defeated the British troops in 1879.
On top of its historic background, the place is one of the most beautiful I’ve seen, with open plains and mountains in the horizon, that reflects the magic golden light of African sunrises and sunsets.
In the villages, kids would always run at me with curiosity, as very few foreigners go there, not to say none.
Contrary to her friends, one little girl prefered to stay away from the storm of kids running, and was looking at me from distance.
I could not help take a portrait: her eyes had such strength for such a young age.
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How to forget the face and eyes of this little Himba child ?
Carrying him on her back, her mother was about to walk several kilometers to the next village to meet relatives.
He would face the sun of the Namibian desert and its hardly bearable temperatures.
But what he was most afraid of was the stranger following the little troop, that he had never seen before.
Until he got used to me and would finally give a smile.
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Being a travel photographer, I need to be as comfortable with shooting landscape as capturing wildlife beauty.
But what I prefer most is portrait of traditional cultures. On top of taking me to the world most remote areas and to introduce me to radically different ways of living, I love this special interaction which is required to make a portrait. This interaction requires to establish an unique contact, beyond words.
During my last trip to Ethiopia, meeting the local tribes put my experience to another level of test. Impressive face paintings and guns being carried around all contributed to create a challenging environment.
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These two beautiful young girls are from the Karo tribe, living in South Ethiopia.
When I met them, they were busy putting make-up, that they prepared with clay. A small stick, a leaf or a piece of grass are usually used as a brush.

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I went to the Omo river region (Ethiopia) a few months ago and I had the privilege to meet the Suri people. It was rainy season, so the skies were quite dramatic with heavy stormy clouds.
On a late afternoon, we headed towards the river near a village, where we met a few people, including these 3 girls who were working on their facial paintings.

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Jewels and hairdress play an important role in Himba culture (north Namibia), as they reflect the status of the person who wears them.
I remember being impressed by this young girl, in a remote village I spent the night in the middle of the desert.
Her hair braids and skin are covered with Otjize (traditional red cosmetics mixture). Like other Himba women, she uses extensions made of goat hair that she sews to her natural hair when she renews the Otjize. This hair style is showing that she reached puberty and is now a woman. She will keep that hair style throughout her adult life.

Her jewels are made of a mix of plastic bracelets bought at the closest market, of electric wires and of more traditional necklaces, like the traditional shell.
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I believe photography has a role to play when it comes to protecting traditional cultures.
It’s an unique opportunity to make remote cultures aware of the beauty of their traditions.
Today, westernization, globalization, but also persecutions for being different are numerous threats over cultural minorities.
When I first met Tjipumbaa, a young Himba girl living in the desert of North Namibia, I was amazed by the way she was showing so much pride about her traditions, just by looking at the excitement in her eyes, while she was admiring her portraits on the camera screen.
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For me, photography has always been about sharing emotions. With both the people I take photo of, and the ones I share the photos with.

For several years now, I've been travelling the world to meet the last tribes and the vanishing cultures.

When visiting these people, you have no other way of communicating but sharing smiles, looks and emotions.

I met these two young girls from the Himba tribe during a trip in Namibia.
They were first impressed. As they were living in a very remote and desert area, I guess the camera was quite a new experience for them.

So we tried a few shots, before I gave them the camera to look at their portraits. I could see joy and happiness on their faces.
They suddenly ran away, making me understand I shall not move and wait for them.
They were back some 15 minutes later, wearing all their jewels.

They wanted me to capture their beauty at best.
For me, this moment will always embody the magic power of photography.
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