Painted Karo Boy (size: 60 x 60 cm)
Painted Karo Boy is one in a series of incredible photographic images taken by Mario Gerth on his travels through Africa where he visited many of the indigenous tribes staying with families along the way exploring their rituals, culture and individual personalities. This is the first image I encountered of Mario Gerth's work and it grabbed by attention immediately. The bold image of the boy's face painted in white , the intensity and shape of his face against the dark background – what a composition! Beautiful and powerful at the same time.