While some of the photos may seem a bit melancholy, this doesn’t really reflect what Ethiopia is like as a place, or what Ethiopians are like as a people. It has stunning landscapes; gorges that appear out of nowhere, and countless table-top mountains and plains that feel like limitless ascents. Ethiopians are extremely happy people, but are also deeply religious, and I wanted to capture their more contemplative selves in these photos. When I asked someone how they could be so happy after so much hardship, he replied:
"No matter how little we eat, we don’t feel hungry because we have faith. We can work without food because we feed on the Holy Spirit"
Surely even the hardest atheist must feel compassionate towards such powerful belief: it gives people the hope and determination that they need not only to survive, but to be grateful for what they have, and be happy.