AN award-winning local photographer is holding his first public exhibition at The People’s Gallery, Southend in The Forum this May.
Terry Mendoza will be showcasing his work with African tribes in “Tribal Colour – Vanishing Cultures” in an exhibition photographing their portraits, customs and lifestyles.
Mr Mendoza was originally an optometrist and has been photographing since he was at school; he now runs a local photography studio specialising in headshots and commercial fashion.
This project, nearly five years in the making, has taken him well off the beaten track, camping in remote regions, travelling barely used tracks or dry river beds to visit tribes.
Mr Mendoza explained: “Western influences, like the building of roads are rapidly obliterating tribal dress and customs. I have been documenting the amazing colour and diversity of these tribes before their culture disappears.”
“It is an honour and privilege to have spent time with these people – my enduring impression is how positive and cheerful they are, living a most spartan existence in, by Western standards, astonishingly hostile environments. With my images I want to share my emotional connection I’ve had with these tribes, their sheer beauty, dignity and friendliness.”
Detailed information notes will be available at the show to explain the backgrounds to the customs.
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