Hans Silvester - Bench, Photo 02
Photograph by Hans Silvester who stayed several times on the Bench territory, in Ethiopia, to meet these remote tribes.
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This almost biblical photograph reveals the interior of houses made of earth and cow dung. The fire is in the center of the house, even if there is no chimney. Thanks to their construction techniques, the smoke rises and passes through the grass on the branches of the roof. The roof is waterproof against rain, but the smoke passes easily.
It was in Ethiopia, 600 km south of the capital, that Hans Silvester met the Bench, an ethnic group of farmers. The discovery of this people is 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 complete freedom.
Retour De Voyage has selected this remarkable photo which represents and documents precisely the life of the Bench people.
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