I think that there is a wealth of material in Ethiopia. What is annoying is all people seem to think of is the famine and deserts. The Ethiopian highlands are both wet and fertile.
What I found fascinating was the faces. The Ethiopians have features quite distinct from the rest of Africa, well that is true for the entire horn. I would love to see some portraits. When in the far north I took a tumble off my bicycle and a very old wrinkled lady dashed over and with concern and gentle hands carefully removed gravel and thorns from my right knee. She had a stunning face with a cross etched deep into her forehead. There was just the 2 of us in this massive landscape and no shared language. I will never forget it.
Some serious food photography of the very distinctive food would also be great. I sure grew to hate injera.
I totally agree with the first part--I see all these photo sets that make Ethiopia look like it is just the tribal lowlands, when what is really distinctive about the country is the Christian Highlands.
I had noticed that about the faces, but not thought of it as the basis for a set. Originally, having seen several sets of portraits (including the one about a year ago in Lenswork), I was thinking of shying away from them, thinking they might be overdone, but I shall have to go back to it.
I completely sympathize about injeera. The lack of any real flair to lumps of food on a brown bread might make Ethiopian food photography an interesting challenge--I need to take my camera to lunch, apparently.
On the running points above, I was really hung over, and decided not to take my camera on a walk around Addis, when I ran into the parade, carriages, and motorcade of the wedding of the two Olympians (which I had been aware of, but not following the news well enough to know there would be a public part of). Would have made a beautiful photo--the celebrityh wedding of the decade here, it seems. Will inspire me to carry my camera more!
Thanks, as always, for the thoughts and feedback.