I was reminded of this picture called “Barbers Booth – Ethiopia” for three reasons. Firstly Lesley down in sunny? Cornwall has been to the Hairdressers for her bi-yearly visit. Secondly I have a follower in Ethiopia. Thirdly there is a strong tradition in photography of taking pictures of Barbers and Hairdressers shops, such as Walker Evans “Interior, Barber Shop, Havana, Cuba 1933. See en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walker_Evans
I have come to the conclusion I have too many books. I was looking for the only copy of my own book called “The Land of Burnt Faces” (the meaning of Ethiopia in Greek). It was a test book I printed through Blurb a few years ago to see what my pictures would look like printed by somebody else. I wanted to check and see if this picture is in it. The original intention was to print a monograph from the pictures I made from my two trips to northern Ethiopia in 2006 and 2008.
The irritating thing is I only looked at this book only last week, as I am thinking of doing another self-published book.
I have checked in the Blurb shop my little book has been remaindered (dropped), well it was only one copy five years ago.
Perhaps I need a better system of cataloguing my books other than by size that will fit within the depth of the shelf.
A note about the picture – this is an unposed picture. I know many highly eminent photographers who pose their environmental portraiture.
A big hello to all the new followers of my little blog.
My little blog is one year old this week, reaching just over 50% of the world countries.
(c) Andy Beel FRPS 2012