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    Posted: 04 January 2017 at 04:24
Hello everybody!

Danakil is basically a harsh desert in Ethiopia, well known for its unique geological features, since it is a depression below sea level surrounded by mountains of the African rift valley. That means in this land you can find many active volcanoes that are still rising because of the drift of immense tectonic plates.

However this sequence is not about Volcanoes (maybe next one ), but itís mainly regarding Afar people, that since long time ago has been able to cope with this hostile environment in some extraordinary ways. Sony a77II + sony 16-50/2,8 + sigma 10/2.8 fisheye + tamron 60/2 macro


1. Salt expanses after a rainshower


2. Pools


3. Wandering nowhere


4. Displaced


5. Caravan dreaming


6. Salt world


7. Back from work


8. Linked


9. Last sun


10. Farewell



I met first caravans just before sunset at the very end of the road, as they were coming back from salt mines where the workers spent the whole day in carving salt blocks. The unusual rain shower of the day before was covering this part of desert with a shallow sheet of hot salty water. Appearing of caravans walking on the waters in the thick air seemed to me something unreal, an event out of space and time, and thus this first series is intended to describe this first encounter.

[to be continued...]


Edited by maricontis - 04 January 2017 at 05:07
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Unreal, certainly depicted in nr5 caravan dreaming. What a shot, lovely.
Also like nr 6 and 9 a lot
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Great! #5 for me too
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Nice
For me #5, #9 and #10. I was wondering if a B&W conversion of #10 wouldn't be great.
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Great series, I really like 5, 6, 7, 8 and 10. Danakil is a place I would love to go, but safety and a few other reasons prevented me from doing so until now.
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Waiting for the next series of shots.
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An exceptional set with #9 my favorite - the slight bowing adding to and not distracting from the overall image.
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#5 for me. Nice shot!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote maricontis Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 January 2017 at 22:40
Originally posted by travelshots travelshots wrote:

Danakil is a place I would love to go, but safety and a few other reasons prevented me from doing so until now.

But I felt safe in Danakil exactly as in the northern Tigray region, Ethiopia is in my experience a safe country for foreigners; I have been three times there for work. And I must add this Danakil trips are getting very well organized and regulated by locals, an official military escort is mandatory, even if you are going by yourself; and tourism is nonetheless increasing.
Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

I was wondering if a B&W conversion of #10 wouldn't be great.

That's what I thought when at home I was checking the pictures, especially that ones taken in the dusk - the following are the ones that give more the idea of "travelling" in my opinion.

11. On top


12. Through the salt lake


13. Riflesso


14. Linked


14. Salt world


15. A newly built road for an old journey




The ethiopian government has committed to chinese companies the building of an asphalt road to connect the country to Djibouti, its important commercial seaport. This road has been completed last year, thus you can see here the impact of globalization to the human activities. It's easy to predict that within a few years the caravans will cease, but who knows?

16. An uncertain future for salt caravans


...next series will be the last, regarding the very process of salt carving under the desert sun.
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Really fantastic set! The caravan shots are particularly inspired. The black and whites are superb, and wonderfully composed. So great!
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Thank you everybody for your kind comments!!!
But actually I believe I only was in the right place at the right moment, with just a little shooting project in mind; and that's all I needed.

Anyway, as promised here is the last part of the reportage, concerning the hard work done by Afarians under the harsh sun. This is performed with very simple tools interestingly shaped - I can guess the same kind of tools for generations, perhaps little modified in long ages.

18. Process of carving salt tablets starts with chopping the soil surface, then lift it with a double-shaped wooden lever.


19. Workers are nowadays beginning to get used to tourists, some of them accept to pose for a photo.


20. Some lucky men are using gloves


21. The refining of tablets


22. Under the blazing sun


23. Camels await


24. Working hard


25. Salt splinters


26. The old master


27. Salam aderkum!


After this hard work in the collecting sites under the sun (this is possible only in winter because of the temperatures), the precious salt blocks get loaded on the camels and transported through the desert to be sold on Tigray highlands, that lay hundreds of kilometres far and a couple of kilometes up.


Edited by maricontis - 09 January 2017 at 00:48
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