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.
And yet there is still companionship and joy…and iPhones:
All photos, Jan 2016.