Cousin Dylan, Kamastone, January 2019

Last January, cousin Dylan spent 3 solitary weeks in a hut in the bush, where he was circumcised and learned about his rights, his duties and his responsibilities as a young man in the community. This initiation is a key moment in the life of most South-African young males. It marks the transition from boy to man. On the last day, while the young man walks back to the village, the elders set the hut on fire in a symbolic gesture to leave childhood behind. Painted with red earth and donning his first costume, everybody will recognise him as a young man who just graduated from initiation school.,