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This past September we travelled to the Omo Valley Region in Ethiopia with Epic Photo Tours. Co-leader Catherine Farquharson has produced a magazine which contains images by the tour participants. The proceeds from the sale of the magazine will be donated to OMO CHILD, an organization which we strongly support, and which is devoted to the care and rescue of Mingi children.
Mingi is the ritualistic killing of infants and children believed to be cursed by tribes living in the remote Omo Valley region of Southwest Ethiopia. OMO CHILD’s mission is to provide a safe, nurturing home and quality education for rescued Mingi children. OMO CHILD's hope is that these children will become future leaders in their tribes and communities. They also raise awareness about the practice of Mingi and work to see it eliminated.
This is the direct link to purchase the mag. It is selling for $40 (it costs $12 to print and $28 goes to Omo Child). You may also purchase a digital version for $5. ($2.50 goes to Omo Child). If you buy the print version, you will get a digital version for free.
Please consider supporting this worth cause with your donation
The plan was to head down to the shipbuilding yard at Mandvi, on the banks of the tidal estuary of the River Rukmavati, to see where they were building the massive wooden cargo boats. It was evident that most of our group were soon bored with this so one by one they wandered off. Someone shouted back at me as I entered the hull of one of these wooden monsters, "come and check out the fish market!" I thought that in a moment, I would.
A half an hour later I remerged from the skeleton of the boat and headed towards the market. What a surprise — one of the most colorful, most friendly markets I have ever been in — small and compact, yet bustling with people and vendors selling all manner of wares from fruits and veg to fish both fresh and dried.
A further lesson never to under estimate the photographic opportunities that sneak up upon you around the next corner. To quote my travel partner and friend, Herb, "I love this shit. This is why we travel!"
I have just returned from an Epic Photo Tours/Pixelchrome photography tour in Gujarat in India. For two weeks 11 participants, myself and Herb Leventon, and our super guide Pravin Dangera visited cities, tribal villages, mosques, temples, Royal Palaces and much more.
It was a wonderful tour with a warm, compatible group, great weather and a huge variety of subjects to photograph. Below I have posted a few more images from the tour (see also here) — please enjoy them!
As we near the one week mark on our trip to Gujarat I wanted to share a few images. As always India is amazing and it never disappoints — a true travel photographer's dream. Enjoy the images!
Every once in a while we all have one of those "stop the car" moments and tonight I had another. It was the end of a great day and we were driving home after the afternoon's shoot at a kite market in Ahmedabad when I saw the scene below. Amazingly, it was simply-lit with a single 100W bulb — the image of the Chai Wallah below it was photographed near the kite market earlier in the evening.
Ahmedabad is possibly one of the most mellow and friendly cities I have ever visited in India. Unlike some of the more popular destinations like Rajasthan you barely see another tourist, the people are very generous, and everyone wants to have their picture taken — such a change from the places where you have to carry a wad of money around with you to pay tips to people for being allowed to photograph them — I am hooked on Gujarat!
We met our wonderful group yesterday. It was evident from the beginning that they would become fast friends. As a tour leader it is a delight to see, and to be able to sit back and listen to the chatter about what tours they have been on, where they are going and where the want to go in the future — this is they kind of group dynamic that makes a photography tour successful. Someone who is new to the fold commented during our orientation meeting that it was like a family reunion — music to my ears because that is what we strive to be — a photographic family.
As Herb and I had arrived a day earlier, we took a ride into Ahmedabad for a couple of hours and found these workers preparing kite strings for the upcoming Uttarayan or the Kite Flying Festival. Uttarayan, which falls on January 14 every year in Western India's Gujarat state, is marked with celebrations involving the flying and battling of kites. The strings are covered with a mixture of glue and ground glass which when dried, rolled up, and attached to the rear (also known as firkees) become sharp enough to cut skin. These types of sharp lines are used on fighter kites, known in India as patangs, to cut down other kites during various kite fighting events.
We will be in Bhuj at the start of the festival so we will be able to experience a much more rural approach to the event.
Jeremy Woodhouse is a professional photographer and traveller. He leads photography trips to all corners of the globe