Chennek, Simien Mountains   lush rainy season slopes

  

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glimpse: LIVELIHOOD | I don’t know whether Mikhail Kalashnikov designed the AK-47 for people to take lives or to save them. But I’d go out on a limb and say the rifle’s father didn’t envision his creation to become a man’s mere harmless livelihood. The ways of the world branch into more than life or death junctions and a tool of life or death is sometimes just a tool. In the Ethiopian Simien Mountains the AK-47 protects a scout’s job much rather than a tourist’s life. Wild animals or robbers are no real threat here, but a family going hungry is.

 

glimpse: NOBODY HATES WATERFALLS | Nobody hates waterfalls. Or sunsets. Or turquoise shores. Nobody finds nature repulsive. I think that’s safe to say. And it feels intuitive. But if you think about it, it’s anything but. It’s not like we can’t perceive ugliness. We can see it in the manmade. Or even in each other. That’s why we have a word for it. And yet, to see beauty in landscapes is universal and inherent in human beings, albeit superfluous for our survival. Evolutionary psychology falls short of explaining this phenomenon; human marvel goes far beyond the Savannah landscapes that sheltered our ancestors. What’s more, other animals appear indifferent enough to nature’s face and yet here they are, doing just fine. You never catch a dog hiking up a mountain for the view, but they seem happy and surviving enough. So why, when and how did nature code this sense for aesthetics into our DNA?

sun breaking clouds

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Taitu, Addis Ababa

colliding stories and times

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Gondar

 

 

 

 

 

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places / stories

story lived, yet to be written
Addis Ababa / Piano & Pickpockets
story lived, yet to be written
Gondar / Dollar Dollar, Bling Bling
story lived, yet to be written
Simien Mountains / Little Cry Babies We Are
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Addis Ababa / Piano & Pickpockets

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yet to be written

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Gondar / Dollar Dollar, Bling Bling

story lived

yet to be written

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Simien Mountains / Little Cry Babies We Are

story lived

yet to be written

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