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Archive for March, 2009



Writing (B&W), Marigeta Haile Selassie, Mek’ele, Tigray, Ethiopia, March 2009

Published on March 31, 2009

A black-and-white version of my last image.


Writing, Marigeta Haile Selassie, Mek’ele, Tigray, Ethiopia, March 2009

Published on March 29, 2009

I normally do not publish photos from my research work, but I have decided to try making them a little more artistic, and will attempt to get some good ones up here. In this one, Marigeta* Haile Selassie, writing out a short phrase as a demonstration of  pen-technique. Notice that he holds the pen at […]


Abba Mäsälä, Debrä Genet Medhane Alem, Mek’ele, Tigray, Ethiopia, March 2009

Published on March 26, 2009

I am in Mek’ele, the capital of Tigray, the Northern province of Ethiopia, interviewing scribes and other manuscript craftsmen. I took the opportunity to visit the treasury of Debrä Genet Medhane Alem monastery, which has a number of deluxe manuscripts presented by Atse (Emperor) Yohannes IV, who brought Mek’ele to prominence by establishing it as […]


Self-Portrait, Birth-day 2009

Published on March 19, 2009

My birthday was a few weeks a go, but I think everyone has figured out that I have a significant queue going-on here.  Photographic Cliché Hit-List: . . . o 36: Cats in Hats (Party- or otherwise) x 37: Gritty B&W self-portrait in cheap bathroom mirror o 38 sad woman leaning on tombstone . . […]


Crowd, Timkat (Epiphany), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, January 2009

Published on March 18, 2009

Looking out at the crowd in one direction. Though this is likely the largest, as it is the one the Patriarch attends, it is only one of more than twenty celebrations throughout Addis Ababa. The group with the umbrellas accompanies the tabot from several churches, joining the celebration. Incidentally, the condominium in the upper-right is […]


Holy Water Splashing About, Timkat (Epiphany), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, January 2009

Published on March 17, 2009

I have been having computer problems (now hopefully fixed) for the last week, and was unable to post images. I would like to share a few more images of the holy water being delivered to the crowds (you can see why they use hoses!).


Liq’a Kahənat Bərhanu, Timkat (Epiphany), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, January 2009

Published on March 4, 2009

Liq’a Kahənat (Archpriest) Bərhanu is the head of the church printing press, and has acted as my host in Addis. He is in charge of guests for the celebrations, and has gotten me special guest passes for Meskel and Timkat. An archpriest is the highest-ranked married member of the clergy, since only monks may become […]


Blessings, Timkat (Epiphany), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, January 2009

Published on March 3, 2009

Abunä Paulos spreads the blessed water with an innovative and modern holy water delivery-system.




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