Before heading to Ethiopia in October I knew there would be a limit to the amount of camera gear I could bring in my rucksack. Having acquired the beautiful Fuji X-E1 earlier in the year to improve my documentary skills I asked around for lenses that would be good to use with it whilst travelling. A friend recommended the 35mm f1.4 and essentially gave it to me, I must say it’s a brilliant little lens.
As I’ve said on other posts, I love the X-E1 because of the fact it draws little attention to the photographer due to it’s small size.
These are my favourite photos from the trip using that superb lens:
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In Ethiopia I primarily used a Fuji X-E1. The advantage off this camera is that it’s not a big DSLR and lens. It’s a similar size to any other tourists camera so it gave me the ability to shoot people and things unnoticed (or at least not drawing extra attention). In this photograph we were visiting with a disabled girl, when I noticed her little brother standing in the corner looking at us. I set the camera on my lap and aimed it in his direction. I used the electonic view finder on the X-E1 to ensure I was capturing him and resumed the conversation with the people in the home. Every few seconds I would press the shutter in the hope I would capture his watchful innocence, thankful that the X-E1 is mirrorless and does not make a clunk every time a photograph is captured.
This is my favourite photo from that little series (click on the image to see a larger version):
X-E1 | Fuji XF35mm F1.4 R
This photograph was taken at ISO 1600, an aperture of f1.6 and a shutter speed of 1/60s.
The photographs taken on the trip were to help the Charity – Hope and a Future.
In 2011 I had the opportunity of taking photographs for the charity Stand By Me in Guacamayal Colombi. This year a similar opportunity arose with a locally based Charity ‘Hope And A Future‘ visiting Shashamene in Ethiopia, to raise awareness of living conditions and issues facing children.
I have spent some of my life in Africa, in Ivory Coast and Uganda, but never travelled in Ethiopia. It is astonishingly green and mountainous in places but found many similarities to other parts of Africa not least the poverty, the dirt, and the smiling kids. I spent most of my time documenting the charity’s work in three schools and the lives of children living the slum along the river bank in Shashamene. I did manage one photo of an old man. Much like Colombia their faces are lined with experience and character.
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A few weeks ago I had the privilege of travelling to Ethiopia to do some documentary photography work for a local Charity based in Randalstown.
My knowledge of Ethiopia had been informed and influenced by the media and I expected there to be mainly deserts. However the route from Addis Ababa to Shashamene revealed a green and mountainous landscape.
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