The Hamar of Ethiopia
In 2015-2016 I spent time in the Lower Valley of the Omo in Southern Ethiopia. My aim was to take portrait images that can be interpreted as cultural crossings, where the space between photographer and photographee is more than just physical.
Written on the faces of those who posed is a mix of suspicion and acceptance, a personification of tourism versus exploitation. The simplicity of each image is a nod to Western society’s fascination with ‘the other’ and an expression of the fragile balance between celebrating the indigenous while respecting their culture. Each photo was taken on Market Day in a town called Turmi.