aCurator Features – Terri Gold: Omo Valley

Absolutely thrilled to be included on the aCurator blog . Thank you, Julie Grahame for your generous work for the photo community.

It is so important to complete the circle and have one’s images go back out into the wide and wild world we live in …

 

PLease View the  Fullscreen Feature here

http://acurator.com/#/2/230/0

http://www.acurator.com/blog/2014/06/terri-gold-omo-valley.html

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Photo print featured on YourDailyPhotograph.com!

One of my fine art photo prints from Ethiopia has been featured for sale on Your Daily Photograph! I’m as happy as a clam! See it there now!

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Explorer Wade Davis on Vanishing Cultures

There’s a tendency for those of us in the dominant Western culture to view traditional people—even when we’re sympathetic to their plight—as quaint and colorful, but reduced to the sidelines of history, while the real world, which of course is our world, continues moving forward. We see these societies as failed attempts at modernity, as if they’re destined to fade away by some natural law, as if they can’t cope with change. That’s simply not true. Change is the one constant in history. All societies in all times and in all places constantly adapt to new possibilities for life.”
Wade Davis

The Suri Tribe in the Omo Valley

The Suri Tribe in the Omo Valley

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Cattle Camps of the Omo

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Home printing my images from the Omo Valley in Ethiopia. Preparing for my trip to Texas-to present my work to museum curators, galleries and collectors from all over the world, along with photographers from all over the world, at Houston’s Fotofest Biennial. 16 reviews in 4 days… whew…

Now working on the images from a visit to a cattle camp. This is where the men go to take care of the cattle; a very prestigious job. Cattle are enormously important to the Suri. They don’t see cattle simply as material assets but as life-long, sustaining companions. The average male in the Suri tribe owns from 30 to 40 cows. Men are not allowed to marry until they own a substantial number of cows. Then the cows are given to the bride’s family after the wedding ceremony. They are used for trading, and as a source of milk and blood, they are treated very well and rarely killed.
The men and boys in the camp work all day with their cattle and then they dance by the fires at night after covering their bodies with ash.

Into The Mists Of Time

Happy to be featured on my friend Tewfic El-Sawy’s informative and inspiring blog, The Travel Photographer.

http://thetravelphotographer.blogspot.com/2014/02/terri-gold-in-mist-of-time-omo-valley.html

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Into the Mists of Time - Terri Gold

Into the Mists of Time – Terri Gold

Terri Gold is an award-winning photographer and artist based in New York City, and has built an impressive reputation for her infrared imagery of rituals, rites of passage, festivals, celebrations and portraits from all over the world.

Her artistic creativity and energy were patently obvious during my Tribes of South Rajasthan & Kutch Photo~Expedition™which she had joined in January 2010, as she moved from one photo shoot in a village to the next photographing with her two cameras; one “normal” like those used by the rest of us, and the second professionally modified to shoot infrared.

She has recently returned from the endangered Omo Valley with new work…both infrared imagery and standard, and uploaded her best work using the former technique on the gallery she titled Into The Mists of Time: In the Omo Valley. The images are really distinctive, and more fine art than travel documentary photographs as such, with the majority being set up for an aesthetic impact…or fine art imagery, if you prefer.

The Omo Valley of Ethiopia is home to eight different tribes numbering around 200,000 people in total, and their traditional way of life and culture are threatened by the Ethiopian government introducing and planning large infrastructure projects to the area, and while these will provide better medical and educational facilities, trading and many associated benefits to the tribes, there are also governmental programs aimed at forcibly resettling them.

Some conscientious travel companies have recently ceased to bring loads of tourists to the Omo Valley in an effort to pressure the Ethiopian government to cease these resettling programs. Perhaps that will also slow down the exploitation of these tribes by some tourists who view them as beautiful displays.

Terri Gold’s work has been described as “interpretive in nature and incorporates the use of infrared light and the invisible light spectrum.” I’m not sure how Terri photographs these days, but at one point of time she would wear up to four cameras around her neck; a digital camera, a digital camera converted to infrared, a XPan with cross-processed film (or B&W), and a Mamiya 7.

-Tewfic El-Sawy