I have been discovering several things since
my arrival in Eritrea three months ago. The first is that the
light is very bright and when I am out in the country side it is
always during those difficult hours for photgraphy. As our
security guidelines tells us that we are not supposed to be out
in the field after six (not in Asmara, the capital)and not beore
8 am it has been difficult to catch those perfect moments of the
light. The second, is that I think that the world can also be
shown by its people ,and this have been slightly easier to
capture. The third is that I am not satisfied with my camera and
I will upgrdae my self to aniko D-80. I definitelly agree with
John (happypoppeye) that a good photo is 95% the photographer
and 5% the camera but I think that this upgrade will for sure
help to reach that 95%.
About the photgraphy...a Tigre man from the village of Sheib in
the arid Province of Northern Red Sea. These guys are really
scary when they decide to look thourg your soul.
After two hours travel east of the city of
Keren, driving across rivers and uphill sinuous gravel roads we
finally arrive to the little village of Marat at 2700 meters
above sea level. This area hosts the Tigre people a mixture of
African and Arab people. For a while I thought I had arrived in
Afghanistan, but I was still in Eritrea. The water is very
scarce, and the geology of the area is amazing, huge outcrops of
granites, granodiorites and gneisses make the area unsuitable
for underwater reservoirs. The only hand dug well collapsed a
week before due two heavy rains; today they collect water from a
small fissure in the bedrock. A villager told me that it was
almost four months ago since the last time he took a bath. Water
is a precious treasure and its use is strictly for consumption.
Twenty years ago this area was green and water was scarce but
not as it is today. The climatic changes are felt
The picture was taken outside the village office and this man is
one of the village leader
I think this will be the last photo to post from my old Lumix.
The tigers meet is a picture that follow up my serie of this
beautyful ethinc group in Eritrea. The Tigers meet depicts one
of those cultural moments, of course women where not part of it
but I believe and I wish that in a different way from our
(western) they do have something to say, I don't know the reason
for this gathering but I could feel the laid back atmosphere,
the heat of the Northern Red Sea Province and the dust almost
covering my face.
After a two hours trip east of Keren, in the
middle of the Roara Mountains (middle of nowhere)the fog
appeared out of nowhere. The rainy season have been the best in
Eritrea for the last three years, something good for this arid
I took this one from the car. The original is a colour one, I
converted it to B&W and applied a red filter effect.
Eritrea is a very young country. The long war of independence
from Ethiopia is just over a decade ago and right now the
country is in the throws of a major upgrade in infastructure.
Eritrea was part of the Italian empire built by Mussolini in the
early days of the facists. He saw it as the African Riviera and
spent vast amounts of money building up the capital, Asmara, and
a spectacular rail line to the coastal port of Masawa.
Keren is Eritrea's
third city. It is ringed with mountains and still boasts much of
the art deco inspired architecture of the Italians. The hotel
from which this photo is taken may be a fading beauty, but one
can imagine what it was once like.
Keren has been the
scene of two famous battles - one between the British and the
Italians in the '40s that was particularly savage and a second,
much quicker battle when the Eritreans defeated the Ethiopians.
This pic was taken early morning with my little 2MP snapper.
Wish I had my CP5700 back then!
While on the bus in Eritrea, a few people got off in what seemed
the middle of nowhere. It was windy and one of them was dressing
up. With her dress flying in the wind, I just had to take this
Animal fair in Keren-northen area of Eritrea