Even though photographer Nick Hall is an expert at capturing images of what he sees, he had an eye-opening experience on his recent trip to Tanzania to photograph conservation partnerships with indigenous communities for Nature Conservancy magazine.
“One of the things I found extraordinarily surprising was their eyesight,” he says of the Hadza hunter-gatherers he stayed with in the remote Yaeda Valley. “Their ability to see things is just incredible.”
Hall joined the Hadza men on several hunts. “Walking out on the bush—this highly complex mosaic of trees and bushes and grasses—it just turns into this brown-green blur that I can barely make out anything against,” he says. “Over in the distance, looking through bushes and trees and gaps, they’d see some sort of animal.” Sometimes those hunted animals were as small as rodents.
Watching it all happen was astonishing for a Western photographer, he says. “Just shows how tuned in they are to their landscape.”
We couldn’t include all of our favorite photos of Hall’s visit with the ancient hunter-gatherer tribes in the magazine. Here, we’ve rounded up some of the best outtakes from Tanzania. (See more photos and read the story from our December/January issue here).