Details From Afar #4 – Black and White Photography From The Ethiopian Outback

by John Downey

After shooting portraits for a while (see the previous three posts), I homed in on the jewelry of the Afar.  Unlike other ethnic or tribal groups in Ethiopia, theirs is simple.  Compared to the elaborate bracelets, anklets, necklaces, hairpieces, earrings of the Mursi for example, the Afar use simple aluminum, stone and plastic.  Men use a simple thread or strip of wire to hold one or two beads centered on the front of the neck, some of which looked uncomfortably tight.  Tomorrow, I’ll finish up this series and it’ll be time to explore more of Ethiopia.

© 2011 John Andrew Downey II Photography.  All Rights Reserved.

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