I met these boys, all members of the same family, during their seclusion period following their circumcision. I was visiting their family and they offered me to see them as welcoming gesture and show me the family pride. Traditionally, women cannot see the circumcised boys during seclusion period. It was a great portrait opportunity for me. Their traditional circumcision gowns, body positions and faces shocked me. Male circumcision is one of the oldest and most widespread surgical procedures in the world performed in pre-pubertal boys, adolescents or adults. In Senegal, male circumcision is considered essential for becoming a full member of society. Because it is a strong cultural practice, traditional male circumcision is usually not an optional procedure to be decided about on an individual basis. Community involvement before, during and after traditional male circumcision is strong. Three phases describe the ritual of male circumcision: preparation leading to the actual procedure, a period of seclusion whilst healing, and reintegration of the initiates into their society. On the other hand, female circumcision is banned in Senegal since 1999. Canon 70D, EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6. Focal Length used 18mm, f/5. Exposure 1/1250. ISO 6400. The original photo was in colour and has been converted into B&W. Minor cropping, contrast and structure applied.
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