Terri Gold STILL POINTS IN A TURNING WORLD: IN CHAD
Lens Magazine|October 2020
In the Sahel desert in Chad, the nomadic Wodaabe people spend months apart, searching out pastures for their herds and shelter for the families.
When the rains are good, the clans celebrate with an extraordinary courtship ritual and beauty contest called The Gerewol, and it's the men who are on parade.

Chad's sweltering desert region seems an unlikely place to be so concerned with beauty, yet it is an integral part of the Wodaabe culture. They consider themselves to be the most beautiful people on earth.

They display their beauty as a spiritual act, full of dignity and honor. Each person is an artist, and they are their art—a living canvas. The intensity rises as they dance all night in their technicolor Dreamcoat, a surreal line-dance. Many different arrangements are made at the festival, some for the night, some for a lifetime. All is possible at the Gerewol…

All the images are created with a camera converted to capture the infrared light spectrum.

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