By: Morgan Hawkins
For those of you who are a part of the Maui community or have visited the North Shore in the past six months, you may have seen striking photographs from the Omo Valley of Ethiopia taken by Indigo's owner, Daniel Sullivan. Walking into Cafe Mambo, back in the early Spring, was like stepping through a portal, which swept guests away to another part of the world. For a month, Daniel's photographs of tribesmen and women, exotically painted and adorned in beads made from raw, natural materials, decorated the cafe's festively painted walls.
Daniel's Omo Valley collection is characteristic of his other portraits, which have been taken around the world in places such as India and Central Asia. His portraits capture the spirit or essence of each person and place; they create a feeling of intimacy like the observer just shared a moment or experience with the person photographed.
Even though Daniel continues to capture the human spirit in photograph, this most recent journey and project is markedly different. He has taken a special interest in his work with the tribes of the Omo Valley. He is in the process of creating something far-reaching and profound by introducing some of the most remote tribes in the world and their plight to the global community.
By the end of 2011, a hydroelectric dam will be completed and the Omo river, a life line for the people and animals of the Omo Valley, will be cut off. Daniel, in order to generate awareness and to document the tribes before their way of life is forever altered, has been working to self publish a photography book, which will include an audio CD that captures the songs and sounds of the Omo Valley. In order to self publish his book, he has created a video and essay on kickstarter.com to raise funds for his project. Check out the following video for details about his project and to get a sneak preview of his journey through the Omo Valley. If you would like to contribute to the cause, join the kickstarter campaign at http://kck.st/ps71ci.