African Bronze


As a photographer, Paul Van Wouwe visited countries such as Senegal, Burkina Faso and Mali several times between 1993 and 2011. He was always interested in African art. He was especially looking for bronze.

So he found beautiful figurines at art and antique markets in Dakar (Senegal), Garango (Burkina Faso) and Bamako (Mali). Many of the works were made according to the system of lost wax. By chance, he also discovered a series of erotic bronze figurines.

This tradition comes from the Akan-Ashanti tribe in Ghana. Small objects originally served as weights for weighing gold dust. The erotic statues shown here were more likely made as decorations or souvenirs, and I was able to photograph them at Paul's. Hope you like them as a close-up view to love.

Shots taken with Fomapan 100 Classic @ EI 50 / Kodak HC-110 {1+119 :: 13' @ 20 Deg.} || Nikon F100 / Nikon 105mm Micro-NIKKOR f/4 AI-s {F32 1/2"}. Digital transfer by DSLR Scan D7100 / Nikon 50mm f/1.4 AF-D + Kenko Ext/Tube DG 12+20 mm (f:8 1/250)