Labor Day - Rwanda
The best stories from the Rwanda experience, was of course spending time with people in their element. My friend Virgile, the student and avid traditional dancer, invited me to a Labor Day performance that his troupe was giving a group of government officials and guests. At high noon, the light was incredibly harsh against dark skin tones, so I opted to close down the shutter a bit more than my normal uber-shallow style, and crank up the shutter speed a bit to really capitalize on the robustness of the humungous white clouds in the brilliant blue sky overhead, while adding a sense of drama with the moodiness that this choice produced. It also, in my mind, lends itself to the sort of subtle undercurrent that you feel here. While Rwanda seems stable on the surface, having a small footprint amidst a largely unstable continent makes an outsider feel slightly uncertain if the looming darkness could retake this lovely place once more.
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