— Abyssinian Dreams

Breath taking photographs by photographer Matilda Temperley. Matilda was born on a cider farm in Somerset, England in 1981, not far from our studio. After pursuing a career in tropical infectious diseases she happened upon photography.

 

“I worked in East Africa in Tropical disease control for years before I was able to photograph the people that inspired these images. Mostly I worked in camps for people displaced by the Lords Resistance Army, or in camps where political rebels such as the Sudanese Liberation Army were seeking refuge. It was always in border regions that have little or no economic interest to the central governments and so retain their tribal autonomy. I spent months working with and observing these unique and rapidly changing cultures, often without my camera as at various times a politically sensitive Nubian or a Dinka would remove my bagged camera from my shoulder and hold it hostage for a period.

 

On my last assignment to East Africa for the London School of Tropical Medicine I heard whispers of an area in southern Ethiopia untouched by the modern world. With some weeks spare from researching the economies of malaria prevention and at a point where my life was shifting from that of a scientist to one guided by photography, I first visited the Omo valley. The physical attributes of the inhabitants of the Omo inspired me to create this work and led me back to the wild border regions of East Africa where centralisation is only recently gaining a foothold and where the people up until now have been relatively isolated from globalisation.”

 

Via: Matilda Temperley

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