Omo Valley, Southern Ethiopia, 2013
In the remote Omo valley in Africa, where the earliest known Homo sapiens remains have been found, indigenous tribes have been painting their bodies with pulverized minerals for millenia.
In the Lower Omo Valley of southwest Ethiopia, eastern South Sudan and around Lake Turkana in north Kenya reside over 500,000 indigenous, tribal people.
Many are agro-pastoralists who live close to the river or lake during the dry season but return to the grasslands when the rains come. The young men have the responsibility of grazing the cattle and they have long slathered on clay to prevent sunburn.
Colors are used to designate position, for ritual, to ward off illness, to attract the opposite sex, to associate with family, a tribe or an animal, and of course just recently, to impress tourists.
The Series contains more than 400 portaits of members of seven different tribes (Arbore Tribe, Mursi Tribe, Nyangatom Tribe, Bodi Tribe, Hamer Tribe, Benna Tribe, Konso People).
Photographs 150 x 100 cm, ltd. ed. of 10 (2013)