This was one of my favorite pictures I came across in the last year, and is a joyful way to start off this new one. A student of mine recently placed first in a photography contest for images taken while studying abroad; that photo above was taken in Tanzania by Ian Heyse, and is called “The A Chord.” Ian wrote:
Leboi is a traditional Maasai healer at Gibb’s Farm, a working farm and living museum where I had an internship. During my time there, we became close friends and learned a great deal from each other. He told me stories about hunting lions and the plants he gives to cattle when they are sick.
One day, I taught him the A chord. He played the same chord for over an hour, singing in Maa and dancing until he had to sit and rest.
I wish you all the same in 2012.