Joey L's Ethiopia is a monolithic collection made over the course of thirteen years. It is an ode to every region of the country and a celebration of all the unique peoples found within.
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November 18th 2021 | 16:00
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Joey Lawrence, more commonly known by his professional name, Joey L, is a Canadian professional photographer and director.
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My life will forever be intertwined with Ethiopia. In my teenage days, this country is where I first found my vision as a photographer. Later, Ethiopia would be where I found my home and my soul mate. ETHIOPIA is a monolithic collection of my images captured over the course of thirteen years. It is an ode to every region of the country and a celebration of all the unique peoples found within. These seemingly disconnected cultural threads are woven together in a cohesive visual style in order to truly see Ethiopia— which itself is the sum of all the diverse lands and theproud people who inhabit it.
The dignified vision found in the portraits is not to obscure other searing realities within Ethiopia, such as the wealth inequality and traumatic conflict spread across the country. It is to highlight the prestige I have always recognized here. This collection is about the timeless and pure things that have withstood the politics of the day, and to challenge the way the outside world can perceive this country. This is my tribute to the enduring Ethiopia.
JOEY LAWRENCE Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, November 2021.
Na’akueto La’ab was Emperor of Ethiopia during the Zagwe dynasty in the thirteenth century, and is considered the creator of the cave church which is still active today. Na’akueto La’ab, Amhara Region, Ethiopia. Location - Ethiopia Medium - digital capture Series - Ethiopia
Kes Hable Mariyam stands amongst the corpses of Christian pilgrims, who made their last and final journey to Ethiopia. Yemrehanna Kristos, Amhara Region, Ethiopia. Location - Ethiopia Medium - digital capture Series - Ethiopia
At the beginning of the 13th century, King Lalibela and his successors dug monolithic churches in Lalibela that are so grand in scale, it is locally believed that angels descended from heaven to help construct them. Lalibela, Amhara Region, Ethiopia. Location - Ethiopia Medium - digital capture Series - Ethiopia