Honorable Mention TIFA 2021 People / Culture

Patterns of Life - Karo Tribe

  • Photographer
    Sarah Jenkins
  • Agency / Studio
    Sarah Jenkins Photography
  • Technical Info
    Canon 5d Iv 24-70mm F2.8 Lens
  • Photo Date
    July 2019

Out of the forest on the banks of a river in remote Karo tribe area in Omo Valley Ethiopia appeared a group of Karo men and women. Their bodies and faces were painted using natural white chalk and earth coloured clays with decorative simple line and dot patterns representing guinea fowl feathers and other animal motifs. Karo men paint their face and body to look menacing and command respect, and many carry Kalashnikov AK-47 guns to fight off any inter tribal conflicts. Karo men, women and children wear strings of beads around their necks, and some of the men a traditional feather headpiece.

Sarah is a freelance photographer who lives in Sydney Australia, but her wanderlust for travel has taken her to all corners of the globe; to 135 countries and all seven continents. She shoots travel and portrait photographs on a freelance basis. Her interest in disappearing cultures takes her to some of the more remote parts of the world. Sarah's images have been awarded international photography awards. Sarah is also the director of SignaturePhoto Photography Courses.