Ethiopia Photo Tour
We are heading back to Ethiopia on an exciting Ethiopia Photo Tour
We will be there during one of the most incredible festivities: Easter. The highland of Lalibela in Easter is a journey to the heart of ancient Christian tradition in orthodox Ethiopia. It is a leap back in time where we will see rites which originated in the 5th century, when at the Council of Chalecdon the Orthodox contingent separated itself from the auspices of Rome.
The challenge will be to forge an even more exciting photographic experience than the one we shared a few months ago! The contrast of the two extreme regions of Ethiopia: Lalibela in the North and the Tribes in the South, the mountain carved Copt 12th century churches and the exciting vanishing tribes.
Please have a look at my last work on Ethiopia, click here
We start with an expedition to the valley of the Omo River, The Mursi, Hamer, Karo, Bume, Konso and Omorate are only some of the tribes still living and preserving their age-old customs.
Here all the information on this Ethiopia Photo Tour.
Having visited the region for eight times, this is one of my world favourite destinations if not the most impressive of them all. This is a real Africa, and a safe one by the way: people are friendly and the two regions we will visit belong to a totally unexploited part of the globe.
This is all about people travel photography always surrounded by beautiful landscapes. Spontaneous work, photo sessions. We will mix with the locals, we will try – as much as possible- not to act as tourists. Of course we will implement some of the techniques that I have developped over the years (see my post 7 tips for approaching a stranger) .
Meeting my friends in the Tribes of the South
On this Ethiopia Photo Tour we should be meeting the chief of the Mursi tribe in the deep remote south of the country a few days before reaching the Karo tribe, the village next to the Omo river with it’s extraordinary landscape.
I am looking forward to our photographic moments, in the middle of nowhere , creating spontaneous photo sessions with the most incredible people as models. The pleasure of the road, our photographic discussions, in our air conditioned 4×4’s, getting to the remote areas while we reach an exceptional Bull Jumping ceremony.
The excitement of meeting again my friend Bolli, from the Bahna Tribe. We will organise a private photo session with him and some of the members of his familly. My previous Ethiopia Photo Tour was four months ago, I wonder if he will still be there. We will also visit the beautiful women from the Arbore tribe who have become part of the Ethiopian landscape.
I will take my travelers to the places where few visitors go: a bar in a hidden village, a private home, a local restaurant with it’s billiard table were we can have a game with locals.
And the African nights. Without a cloud. The silence. Our dinners under the stars. Again, more photographic discussions preparing the upcoming journey..
Lalibela and the Jerusalem of Ethiopia
One of the most exciting moments of this Ethiopia Photo Tour will be Lalibela, in the north of Ethiopia. It is mostly as having been transported with a time machine, a complete change of scenario: It’s like having been brought to another totally different country, another different world.
The tribes will vanish in our minds while we suddenly appear in the 12th century in a holly land that mimics Jerusalem at the time of the birth of Jesus. The faithful praying inside the dark churches at the same exact scenario that they were doing so for the last six centuries.
We will be starting to photograph before sunrise waiting for the very best light and the calm pace of the people ascending the hill to pray. They will be surprised by our silent and discrete photographic presence. They never expect a tourist at that time of the morning. We will cross a few of them while we head down back to our hotel…
But, even though we will be concentrated on our photographic work, this is not always 100% about photography. When we are in contact with people… it’s about people. A photographic workshop in Ethiopia can also bring some unexpected surprises.
Six months ago, in the deep south of Ethiopia, next to the Kenia border, on a visit to a Mursi Tribe, the fierce chief of the tribe, was having an argument with my guide and friend, Mamoush who also acted as a translator fro me.
– “What is this about” . I asked Manoush.
The chief faced my guide:
– “We are not being well paid – said the chief- this man is a professional photographer he should pay us more”.
– “OK, was my answer, tell him that if we succeed to keep things organized I will be happy to pay more”.
The chief, half naked, his face and body painted in white stripes, approached me and forgetting about the guide, stared at me while , in perfect English commented:
– “No problem , I am also a photographer. I understand your needs (with a smile). By the way, here is my email address. If you need help in the future…”
Article by Harry Fisch. Nomad Photo Expeditions