Kyle Weeks is a talented 24-year-old photographer, who was born in Namibia and currently lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa. For his series “Palm Wine Collectors”, Kyle spent months in the Kunene region in Namibia documenting the rarely witnessed practice of palm wine collecting. They appear nimble and fierce holding onto graceful palms, and towering above the ground they illicit wonder and awe.
I knew that these palms are protected in Namibia, and that tapping these palms is a banned practice. Nonetheless, after having spoken to these men, it became clear that they believe it’s their right to continue utilising their land as they have for generations. They argue against Namibian law, and stay true to cultural traditions that respect the use of these palms and, in turn, believe they’re promoting conservation on a cultural level.
– Kyle Weeks
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