Selam by Joni Kabana
© 2013 Joni Kabana
      Juror's Comment

      From Tom Till:

      "This image was my favorite portrait in the show. The use of color is bold, but does not overpower the humanity of the subject. I loved the dark black background also. Congratulations to the photographer on a great image!"

    • Title: Selam
    • Artist: Joni Kabana
    • From: Portland, OR USA

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    • Address: 1618 SE 36th Ave.
      Portland, OR 97214-5124, USA

    Artist Statement

    "The people who work in the markets in Ethiopia are among the hardest working people on earth. They work day into night into day, carrying heavy loads, moving bags of lentils, keeping animals in line, and fetching things for their own family, if they are lucky enough to have one. They are alert, street smart, and can deftly maneuver the chaos that is present in every market. They are heroic in stance, standing vigilant for anything that comes their way or is asked of them. With this series of images I wanted to explore the vital goods that are sold, the colorful clothing that is worn, and the diverse personalities I met within the market settings of Ethiopia. I return at least once a year to continue working on this body of work and to celebrate these remarkable people."

    Camera Data:
    Canon EOS 5D Mark III
    F-Stop: 5.6
    Shutter Speed: 1/80 sec
    ASA: 320
    70mm Lens