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    Posted: 26 March 2016 at 21:17
Hello everyone!

A few months ago I was in northern Ethiopia; the following pictures were all taken on December 6, when we allowed ourselves a break from work, in the rural area at Gheralta. Sony a57 + min 28/2 & tamron 60/2 macro

Here, as in almost every developing world's countries, for demographic reasons, about 50% of the population is under 18 years.
The protagonists are in fact the children I met.


1. Uncertain future


2. Follow us


3. Playing ball


4. Small great responsibility


5. Men shunki? (What's your name?)


6. Road daughters


7. Collecting water


8. Together


9. Voiceless childhood


10. I see you


The sequence is not intended to describe the plateau landscape aspect (although impressive), nor even has the ambition to represent an anthropological document; my intent was simply to establish some sort of contact with the people I met, mostly children or teenagers, so far from our reality and therefore mostly forgotten.

In fact children's account by the local society is reversed compared to ours. Just as it happened centuries ago in Europe, the african child is a subject without rights or consideration. Births are not recorded; education, in the rural areas, is virtually absent except what's provided by the family; the health assistance is minimal; and finally, the death of a child is much less significant than the death of an adult who contributes to earnings. The elderly are rare and much respected. Children are everywhere, and no one cares for them. They lead an existence that according to our canons could be called miserable, yet smile appears perhaps more frequently on the mouths of these children comparing to ours, and this makes anyone who has the good fortune to visit these places to think about.
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A study in philosophy - your words adding to the images. #3 is my favorite but all have their place.
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I really like Nos 3 and 4. Martin
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Great series - giving some profund insights! Thank you very much!
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Very impressing series thanks for sharing! #3 to #7 are my favorites.
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Thanks a lot, I really liked them along with your explanations! The last one with only one eye doesn't work out well for me, the remaining ones are truly superb.
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote maricontis Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 March 2016 at 04:38
Thank you so much for your kind posts!

Originally posted by luke luke wrote:

The last one with only one eye doesn't work out well for me,


Luke I think you are right... that picture was added in a second time to this little project, its only intent was to emphasize the progression from the "general" to the "singular" (that is the very contact with the subject)
But I think after all that this intent is achieved regardless of the last picture; and whereas "less is best", I should remove that photo from the project ...
I thank you for this criticism because it made me think!
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Very glad to see and hear about. Very nice pictures and explanation. Thank you for great post
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Fascinating images and writeup.
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really nice travel pictures, especially "playing ball" and "whats your name"

for me, these represent what a travel should be ... congrats
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Very nice travelogue. Very nice photos and great writing. TFS!
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