Capturing Culture On Location
Take a look at our session with Peni, a Samoan native, whom we were privileged enough to meet, learn about his culture, and tell his story through photography.
The Culture: In the photo above, you see Peni holding the “mea tau”. The mea tau are machete-like weapons used for various reasons, notably for carrying decapitated heads by the hooked end of the blade. You may also notice the traditional Samoan skirt which goes by the name of “lava-lava”.
The Culture: In this photo, you see that we were lucky enough to witness and photograph the traditional Samoan Fire Knife Dance in person! Here you also see another lava-lava, accompanied by dried banana leaves tied around the neck and shins. The banana leaves are used in many parts of the Samoan culture from clothing to cooking.
Behind the Photographs – Video
Loose Translation: I had a great time taking the photographs. I am excited, because the photos are going to look amazing. I have only known you all for a short time, but hopefully we can meet up again in the future. It has been a great experience.
We had an amazing time working with Peni. He has since become a good friend of ours, and we hope to meet up again on the island of Samoa in order to document several ideas he has expressed to us. Thanks for viewing!