Sky Walkers

Banna People, Omo Valley, Ethiopia , 2023

Teetering on stick stilts against a cloudy sky, a group of boys from the Banna tribe balance high above their home in the heart of the Omo Valley. I am not ready to admit how much sand I ate trying to take this photograph. But it was worth gaining a lower vantage point to show the boys walking high among the clouds, like walking trees that came untethered from their roots. Some say that stilt walking originated as a clever way for the Banna to keep high above predators while guarding their cattle. Today, however, the practice is reserved for young unmarried men at festivals, and also as a fun way to pass the time.

Available size options with and without framing are below;

Archival pigment print

Edition of 6 + 3AP
  • 20 in x 45 in (50.8 cm x 114.3 cm)
  • 32 in x 73 in (81.3 cm x 185.4 cm)

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