Akinyi Tribal Series

Laurine Akinyi

When the tribal huntress saved her people, she was celebrated. Reluctantly, she accepted their throne. Her bravery and sharp perception would protect them. Her endurance would repel any attack. And her beauty would forever entice them. They painted her body in tribute. This is Princess Akinyi from Kenya. Well . . . Laurine Akinyi is […]

Papuan Virility

Indonesia, Papua, Baliem Valley, Wamena, Jiwika Village, Dani tribal villager wearing a penis gourd (also known as a koteka or horim)

Welcome to the land of the Dani. They’re famous for the “koteka” or penis gourd as translated into English. Perhaps this old codger doesn’t need Viagra. His name is Wikika Walela. So how can such an aged, 80-year-old man keep things so excited? Well, it’s a simple matter of physics. Notice the cord tied to […]

Nyepi Monsters

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I tempt explosive energy . . . serpents, devils, evil. Today is the night before Nyepi (“nippy” for the uninitiated) on the exotic isle Bali. At this very moment a godawful torrential downpour has unleashed awesome domination over my Bali Lotus Villa, which lies not far from the otherwise serene village of Ubud. Nyepi has […]

Polka Dot Babe

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Polka Dot Heaven. My makeup artist, Hilde Marie Johansen, drew inspiration in her styling of this image from Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama, the queen extraordinaire of polka dot glory. Click on Kusama’s link and be utterly amazed. Prolific doesn’t even come close to describing this 83-year-old woman’s life work. Wikipedia elaborates on the roots of […]

Bejeweled

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Be black. Be jeweled. This is Russian model, Tanya, studded with faux diamonds glued to her skin that perfectly matched her outfit designed by the makeup artist/stylist/fashion designer, Hilde Marie Johansen, who is sitting next to me in the setup shot below. Tanya is tall and my ceiling was low. So she had to sit in […]

Flaming Red

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Lady in Blue A marvelous, dance-filled evening. This is another of my Stroborati BODYART series styled by Hilde Marie Johansen, who applied blue paint to transform our model, Nardia. For the background I used a 2-meter diameter bamboo picnic table umbrella that I bought at Bangkok’s famous weekend Chatuchak Market. I sawed off the stem […]

Don’t Be Blue

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The Launch of Stroborati BODY ART I’m starting a new series of Stroborati body-painted images and will be incorporating some very artistic designs on the models in my upcoming images that will be styled by Hilde Marie Johansen, an extremely talented makeup artist/stylist/fashion designer in Bangkok. Hilde hand crafted this headpiece for model, Mara Bee, […]

More Naga Headhunter Tribal Warriors

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In olden days these Naga warriors in the far north-eastern reaches of India collected heads from fallen opponents and they proudly displayed their trophies above the entrance doors of their bamboo huts. I’m extremely grateful I wasn’t part of their collection. I could have asked these guys to smile . . . but that would have […]

Naga Tribal Headhunter Warrior

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It wasn’t so long ago that tribal warriors in the far north-eastern Indian state of Nagaland practiced head hunting as a favorite pastime. Fortunately for me, this fierce-looking gentleman gave up such macabre endeavors long ago. Below is a fine art version of the same image that I converted to black and white and changed […]

Akha Hill Tribes and Bamboo Love Shacks

Laos, Phongsali Province, Papuon Mai village, Akha hill tribe, lady with traditional headdress

In northern Laos the Akha hill tribe women dress in faded shades of black cloth. Old coins add glinting highlights to accentuate their faces. These two young women exuded a rather regal presence. Their sublime, innocent eyes captured me. Below is a fine art rendition of the girl on the left. I simplified the conflicting […]