Day Five – Countless Hours Off Road And Images Along The Way
by John Downey
Soon after leaving Jinka, cel and internet service dropped off. South Omo is under a lot of development – cel towers are up but not functioning yet, crews are widening and grading roads and sizable NGO projects are underway. The impact on Omo peoples and culture is uncertain at this point.
Almost eighty percent of this leg was off-road, so the following images attempt to capture the remoteness, open sky and randomly appearing hazards along the way. I post-processed almost all of these in Lab Color mode (Photoshop) to bring out the blues and red clay earth tones. In camera, contrast was at its lowest setting to compensate for strong midday shadows.
After making a turn from Weita to Jinka, we came across expansive cotton fields. It was hot as hell (no need for a temperature – just go with it).
Considering the circumstances, we got festive.
Hope everyone had a great holiday and thanks for following us around South Omo.