There's a big dark town, it's a place I've found
There's a world going on underground
They're alive, they're awake
While the rest of the world is asleep
- Tom Waits, Underground
I'm not a fan of snow. It makes me feel oppressed and paranoid. These photos are an attempt to communicate that.
In January of 2014, I visited the Ethiopian city of Lalibela. We were there over the Ethiopian Orthodox Christmas celebration, when tens of thousands of pilgrims filled the streets and churches.
In January of 2018, I went back to Lalibela for the Ethiopian Orthodox Christmas celebration.
The last time I was there, most of my photos were about trying to describe how the place looks. This time, I wanted to communicate how the place feels to me.
It’s hard for me to put into words how wonderful, overwhelming, and magical of an experience it is. These photos are an attempt to get at how it felt to me to be there, in ancient churches, filled with 50,000 pilgrims.