Hamar family in the Omo Valley

PhotographerTerri Gold
PrizePortraiture / Culture
Entry Description

In the Omo Valley, where mankind may have begun, they now face the endgame for their traditional way of life. I think of how many times in history this story has been played out by native populations trying to save their way of life. I want to create a visual document that reminds us, and generations to come, how beautiful and diverse the human world once was.

About Photographer

My ongoing body of work, �Still Points in a Turning World�, explores our universal cross-cultural truths: the importance of family, community, ritual and the amazing diversity of its expression. I am interested in the different ways in which people find meaning in their lives, how an individual explores his or her existence through their traditions. I love the still quality of a photograph that captures a fleeting moment in time. I�m interested in making that moment as beautiful and mysterious as possible. We are still and still moving. My work is interpretive in nature. The photograph is the first step in the process. My technique involves creating imagery using the invisible infrared light spectrum. Working with infrared light adds an element of mystery when creating the work, which, I feel, suits the subject matter and the timeless quality of the images The differences between our many world cultures are fading away. We all lose when ancient skills and visionary wisdom are forgotten. As a �visual archeologist�, photography has become my way to honor and celebrate rituals and customs that may soon vanish and what it is that makes a people unique. I believe that sharing these stories can have a positive impact by providing a window on our common humanity. This series is from many tribal villages-Dong and Miao- in the remote mountains of SW China In Guizhou Province.