Romantic poverty?

Ethiopia is a beautiful country, with a rich history, but the politics of the last 80 years have left it impoverished. I was drawn to take these photos by the light, but I’d be uneasy if they cast an Instagram-haze over the scarcity that affects most Ethiopians’ life.

The walls are mud and the floor covered in leaves not as a lifestyle choice, but as no alternative and because it’s cheap and practical. The donation box is peeling because there is no paint, and the priest is asleep in a drought-afflicted area. The potter is an HIV-positive widow.

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And yet there is still companionship and joy…and iPhones:

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All photos, Jan 2016.



  1. valentinaquarta · February 5, 2016

    nice blog!


  2. collectorscabinet · March 2, 2016

    Thank you! There’s some more photos of Ethiopia coming up soon, which I hope you’ll enjoy.


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