Selfie Sticks

This is a dead camelthorn tree, most likely 900 years old. The wood doesn’t perish because of the extreme drought in the desert. I have seen people hanging in these trees, taking selfies and breaking off branches, laughing about it and doing the same thing over and over again. I am not the tree police, but I wish these selfie-stick-people had a bit more respect for these historical and iconic African trees. This is a remote place in the Namib desert and feels like a different planet because it’s totally silent (and that’s very rare these days). I hope it stays like this.

Project details


Awi Rabelista Nijhof

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The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)