Omo Valley with the Leica S2...

Started Sep 2, 2011 | Discussions thread
Gul Chotrani
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Re: Leica photo exhibition - thanks Brian
In reply to bpalme, Aug 26, 2012

bpalme wrote:

Bravo Sir! Those are fantastic. Reminds me of W. Palanks series.
Question:
Are these people dressed for a special occasion or is that the normal dress?

The paintwork is genuine, done mainly for ceremonial purposes - they are not contrived. See added note below.

Also which camera did you think was the most appropriate for this.. which did you actually use the most?

I carry 3 camera bodies on my expeditions - the Leica S2, M9 with lenses range between 21mm - 50mm. I also use the Nikon D3X for zoom and faster action photography.

I made 2 trips to Omo Valley parts which is still little touched by regular tourists - the tribes existence differs in the deep interior as in they still live along more primitive norms. We've been planning trips with ceremonies in the villages. Most tourists who go to south Ethiopia, end up visiting the 'spoilt' fringes of Omo Valley, where the paintwork is contrived as a tourist attraction.

It takes 3 days in AWDs, plus a couple of river crossings, with full expedition gear and support crew to reach the deep interior, and it's very expensive also.

This blog link will elaborate.... This link has both parts 1 + 2:

http://blog.leica-camera.com/photographers/interviews/gul-chotrani-in-search-of-the-universal-human-experience-part-two/

Conde Nast Traveller (CNT) magazine also feature was also done on one of my trips, which has detailed descriptions of the Omo peoples... their journalist, Susan Hack accompanied us on the July 2011 expedition.

http://www.cntraveler.com/features/2012/01/twilight-of-the-tribes-ethiopias-omo-river-valley#slide=1

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