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.
Joey Lawrence, more commonly known by his professional name, Joey L, is a Canadian professional photographer and director.
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.
Quran students use ink and chalk to write on reusable wooden tablets. Sheikh Hussein, Bale, Oromia Region, Ethiopia. Location - Ethiopia Medium - digital capture Series - Ethiopia
Hyenas are considered the nocturnal residents of Harar, and deeply woven into the folklore of the city. During Ashura, bowls of milk are left out for them. Harar Jugol, Harari Region, Ethiopia Location - Ethiopia Medium - digital capture Series - Ethiopia
Bekere the taxi driver at Duke Gate. Duke Gate is an entrance into the walled city of Harar. Harar Jugol, Harari Region, Ethiopia. Location - Ethiopia Medium - digital capture Series - Ethiopia