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COLOURS OF CUMBAH by Shemara
COLOURS OF CUMBAH by Shemara
COLOURS OF CUMBAH by Shemara
COLOURS OF CUMBAH by Shemara
COLOURS OF CUMBAH by Shemara
COLOURS OF CUMBAH by Shemara
COLOURS OF CUMBAH by Shemara
COLOURS OF CUMBAH by Shemara
COLOURS OF CUMBAH by Shemara
COLOURS OF CUMBAH by Shemara
COLOURS OF CUMBAH by Shemara
COLOURS OF CUMBAH by Shemara
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I was on a ‘photographing strangers’ pursuit and came across a woman waiting at a bus stop dressed in a bright yellow and turquoise outfit. Her name was Cumbah. We exchanged contact details, met up for coffee and this is where I learned about her and was warmly welcomed for a home-cooked meal. Cumbah’s presence was friendly and inviting. She spoke to me about the many cultural traditions of Senegalese people and the importance of family. These conversations created a unique connection, one which I decided to capture through my camera. The intention of this collection of portraits is to display Cumbah’s astonishing daily dress along with her expressive emotions. Each photograph is a snapshot of a brief moment in every story she shared with me. Creating ‘Colours of Cumbah’ taught me to seize opportunities to understand the significance of different people, listen to their story and allowed me to be better informed about typologies and their purpose in this multicultural land we live in.

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