Hans Silvester - Bench, Photo 04
  • Hans Silvester - Bench, Photo 04

Hans Silvester - Bench, Photo 04

Photograph by Hans Silvester who stayed several times on the Bench territory, in Ethiopia, to meet these remote tribes.

Photographs signed and numbered from 1 to 10 by the artist.

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The bench houses are made of earth and cow dung. The roof has a wooden structure that will be covered with grass. The women collect the necessary herbs. These are very fine grasses that give the necessary stability. They are impermeable to rain but let the smoke from the fires inside the fireplace pass through, without a chimney. It is a collective work: when a roof has to be done or redone, it is a kind of party. The neighbors are all involved in the construction of a house. This is part of the quality of life. 

In Ethiopia, 600 km south of the capital, Hans Silvester met the Bench, an ethnic group of farmers. The discovery of this people was almost by chance. Hans Silvester was on his way to the Omo Valley when he came across some painted houses. Curious and above all admiring, he put on his explorer's hat, and quickly realized that few people were interested in this culture. He describes the Bench people as "modest": no one owns more than 6 sheep. But the harmony in which they live touched the photographer's heart. It must be said that the animals are totally integrated into the daily life and create a very special atmosphere. Animals and people live in symbiosis, in total freedom. 

Retour De Voyage has selected this photo which depicts a scene of life of the Bench: a small colored house perched on a mountainside. The white rooster in front of the entrance, brings a point of light in the heart of this landscape.

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