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White man taking pictures of black children; in 1997 when I came to Namibia there was no problem with that.
 Personally, I just can’t jump out of a car and start taking pictures of people I don’t know, especially when taking a portrait. For me it is a dialogue between me and my subjects, what I want and what they are willing to give me. When I came to Namibia I started to learn about the place and it’s people, and about the power relationships between the blacks and the whites. The colonial world may have past away but its influence is always present. When working with IRDNC we visited that school a couple of times; one day I asked the headmaster if I can take pictures of the children. I asked them to stand against the wall, and when they did, I realized that I don’t need to tell them anything.