The Maasai of Tanzania are a tribe almost 2 million strong. Their traditional way of life is being threatened by western culture and consumerism. although most Maasai are happy to take a dollar and have their photo taken, many still feel that a camera steals a portion of their soul, or life force. This beautiful Maasai mother, who had brought her child to a school for developmentally disabled children just outside of Arusha, felt a tinge of embarrassment at first sign of my camera. This is the first of several portraits I shot of her, with permission of course, as we built an ongoing relationship between shooter and subject. Her tenacious being shines through in this photo, even though we cannot see her face.