Hanging out in Ethiopia for some Addis Ababa Street Photography

Over the summer I was lucky enough to be invited to photograph the awesome Ethiopian wedding of Tiemert and Nebiyou’s in Addis Ababa, East Africa. A wedding is an amazing way to discover a new culture; from the traditions and expressions to the food and the dance moves – there sure is a lot to take in.

The Local Ethiopian Cuisine

During my week in Addis Ababa (the capital of Ethiopia) I was lucky enough to experience a lot of what Addis had to offer. One of the highlights was definitely sampling the Ethiopian coffee and local food. Incase you haven’t had Ethiopian food before, everything is served on a large sour pancake (my personal interpretation) called an injera. This is then eaten by hand and is often shared among those eating. This creates a very social eating setup.

Addis Merkato market in the capital of Ethiopia Addis Ababa

Addis Merkato Market

During my stay I was also able to spend an afternoon doing a bit of Addis Ababa Street photography. The location of choice was Addis Merkato Market; one of the largest markets in East Africa. The market was alive with the hustle and bustle of trade. Everything as on offer from clothes to spices and metal works to rubber bottles.

Addis Ababa is a city undergoing rapid development. The couple I was with mentioned how the city had at least tripled in size since they were kids. This was supported by amount of construction work which could be viewed in the city. A lot of it looked like a building site.

The people I met were incredibly hospitable and welcoming and I hope to return some time in the near future.