September 23, 2013

Photographer Seydou Keita

Safari Fusion blog | Photographer Seydou Keita | Vintage African portaits taken in Bamako, Mali during the 1950s and 60s
I am a little obsessed with vintage African photography at the moment!

On my trip to Johannesburg early this year I came across an amazing collection of photographs taken during the 1950s and 60s in Cameroon. This inspired me on a virtual search for other photos taken during this period.

One of my finds is photographer Seydou Keita who lived in Bamako (Mali) and specialised in portraits.

"Some customers brought in items they wanted to be photographed with but Keita also had a choice of European clothing and accessories - watches, pens, radios, scooter, etc. - which he put at their disposal in his studio. The women came in flowing robes often covering their legs and their throats, only beginning to wear Western outfits in the late 60s."

Safari Fusion blog | Photographer Seydou Keita | Vintage African portaits taken in Bamako, Mali during the 1950s and 60s

Safari Fusion blog | Photographer Seydou Keita | Vintage African portaits taken in Bamako, Mali during the 1950s and 60s

Safari Fusion blog | Photographer Seydou Keita | Vintage African portaits taken in Bamako, Mali during the 1950s and 60s

Safari Fusion blog | Photographer Seydou Keita | Vintage African portaits taken in Bamako, Mali during the 1950s and 60s
{Quote & Images: Seydou Keita}

September 12, 2013

Pinned: Holiday style

Safari Fusion blog | Pinned: Holiday style | A UK couple's holiday home on South Africa's beautiful Garden Route
Beautiful African artwork abounds in this Knysna holiday home, on South Africa's spectacular Garden Route.
The timber panel wall and coffee tables add warmth and create coziness in the high ceiling living room.
Whilst the African man portrait mounted on reclaimed timber, complete with painted red edges, really captures my eye.
{Visit us on Pinterest | source: Decoholic via House and Leisure}

September 2, 2013

It's all in your head

Safari Fusion blog | It's all in your head | Safari Fusion's white ceramic Phrenology Vases handcrafted in South Africa
Taking its cue from the cabinet of curiosities, the display of skulls, bones and other intriguing trinkets have migrated from the cabinet to design in modern decor pieces.

Human craniums and skulls can be found in many forms, including our own beautiful ceramic human bust Phrenology Vase.

Following are a few more curious anatomical inspired finds from my trip to South Africa earlier this year.

Safari Fusion blog | It's all in your head | Human cranium design cushion by Simple Intrigue South Africa

Safari Fusion blog | It's all in your head | Striped Scream Head and Skull Candles by Sobeit Studio South Africa

Safari Fusion blog | It's all in your head | Safari Fusion's human bust Phrenology Vase crafted in South Africa

Safari Fusion blog | It's all in your head | Human cranium design cushion by Simple Intrigue South Africa
{Images: Safari Fusion, Simple Intrigue and Sobeit Studio}