When rainfall quenches the bone-dry terrain of Southern Niger, says New York-based travel photographer Terri Gold, a thousand Wodaabe nomads, along with thousands of their treasured animals, coverage across the desert in celebration of the The Guérewol Festival. As part of the weeklong event, the men dress in traditional finery, adorn their faces in paint, and perform for hours in hopes of winning the admiration of a set of young women judges. After braving the 110 degree heat in search of the merrymaking, Gold at last happened upon Guérewol after weeks of anticipation and captured the scene using infrared film.
As we grow older, we sometimes forget the importance play had in the development of our lives. It isn’t until we have children of our own that we can observe childhood once again through a new lens, that we remember the joy and unadulterated bliss we once had at play. Photographer and father Dennis DeHart began photographing his young children in all forms of play in 2010. The ongoing series At Play, is a reflection of himself, fatherhood and a celebration of childhood.