Wandered through a fascinating exhibition by Glenn Jowitt called PHOTOGRAPHING THE PACIFIC. His style of photography was to be a documenter, so that few of his images have people looking directly into the camera. This show focused on his love of Pacific Island culture and ceremonies. As a visitor from another country it's an excellent way to gain some cultural insight.
There are a few images documenting the initiation of a boy with a hair cutting ceremony. The initiate is frocked up with his long hair sectioned into ribbons. Relatives and friends give the boy a gift (usually money), then snip off one of the sections of hair.After all the hair is cut the boy shucks off the frock and does a dance to celebrate his transition to manhood.
Glenn died unexpectedly last year, this exhibition is a poignant legacy. Walking through it made me more aware of Pacific Island culture, but also made me think about the commonality of many ceremonies celebrated by many cultures.