On the water with the sea gipsies: Intimate portraits capture life of Borneo’s Bajau children who live their whole lives on the ocean

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They are not recognised by neighbouring countries, do not know their ages, and have little concept of reading or writing.

The Bajau people are known as the ‘sea gipsies,’ as they spend most of their time living on boats and working in the turquoise Pacific Ocean.

Photographer Réhahn spent eight days among the sea nomad children in Borneo, learning about their fascinating aquatic lives.

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Like a fish! The Bajau children in Borneo spend time on boats from an early age, and begin their hunting around the age of eight

Like a fish! The Bajau children in Borneo spend time on boats from an early age, and begin their hunting around the age of eight

French photographer, Réhahn, 35, said the friendly children loved him taking their pictures and seemed happy to see a foreigner 

French photographer, Réhahn, 35, said the friendly children loved him taking their pictures and seemed happy to see a foreigner

Réhahn uses a Canon 5d Mark III to capture his stunning pictures, and spent eight days living among the tribe to learn about their lives

Réhahn uses a Canon 5d Mark III to capture his stunning pictures, and spent eight days living among the tribe to learn about their lives

The Bajau live in small boats or stilted…

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