Monday, January 20, 2014
Friday, November 8, 2013
Here's a pic of our our awesome team. I'm thrilled to be a part of such a great project and amazing group of photographers. We will try to post over at the Prints for Prints website, so check there too! I'll also be posting on instagram (heathre) and Facebook.
Thanks for all your love and support!
Friday, March 15, 2013
We met Birhane when we stopped at a little souvenir stand across from the castle complex in Gondor. His 3 year old daughter Luzan was 'helping' me pick out a souvenir and we started chatting. Of course, he invited us in to his home for coffee. We spent close to an hour drinking coffee, hanging out with the kids and hearing his story. His oldest daughter Lilna was an excellent reader and proudly read one of her english books for us.
Birhane fled Ethiopia in the early 80s through Sudan and traveled by foot to Egypt, where he took English classes and worked for 10 years. He was one of the few people we ran across that didn't immediately reference Obama when he heard we were Americans - Birhane loved George Bush because of the English language education program run by Americans. Eventually he was deported from Egypt. He couldn't claim asylum there because he had first passed through Sudan. When he returned to Ethiopia, he returned to a small shack/stall by the castle (left to him by his parents, who passed away while he was gone) where he set up a little shop. He met his wife Yezna and they now have four children. He said "Life is very hard but look at my daughters, I am so lucky". He has completed training courses through the Ethiopian Ministry of Culture and Tourism and hope to start a workshop so he can preserve and pass on the cultural craft traditions.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Monday, March 11, 2013
After getting completely lost on the way to the 'angel ceiling' church, we stumbled across another church celebrating St. Mary's day. They invited us to join them in their community meal - as often happens in Ethiopia, we were welcomed with open arms. This man helped serve the food and drink and finally had a chance to sit down and eat. As we were leaving, he asked if I would take his picture. This is one of my favorite portraits from the trip.
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Though the road seems familiar...we're just remembering where to go, a photo by heathre on Flickr.
This line in particular really nailed it:
It’s the beginning of a journey. The destination is visible, the ending isn’t clear. Perhaps the traveler in this photograph is anxious to begin. Or perhaps she’s afraid…because she’s been there before. To me, the photograph is not necessarily a happy photograph, but it is a positive one. It’s a representation of that big step forward, the first step of a journey or the beginning of the next chapter.