My name is Nigel Morris. I am a portrait and editorial photographer, based in Brooklyn, New York. The reason I choose to shoot people exclusively is quite simple; For every person that has ever been in front of my camera, I see some of myself in them, in some way. I get a kick out of the fact that, no matter our differences, physically, mentally, or whatever, we are still the same in many ways. It’s something I look forward to discovering, with every shoot.
In the Spring of 2014, I traveled to Ethiopia for the first time. I have always loved the history of Ethiopia, and viewed it more as a home going, then a vacation. Ethiopia is known as the cradle of mankind, and is extremely rich in culture, and I wanted to immerse myself in it. I never thought that by immersing myself so deeply in Ethiopian culture, that I would learn so much about myself. It was one of the most spiritual and emotionally satisfying experiences that I have ever had in my lifetime. The portraits you see here, were made out of pride, respect, and my desire to portray these beautiful people in a dignified fashion.
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Since its founding in 2011, UPI has rapidly solidified its position in the public art landscape by continuing to showcase thought-provoking, challenging, and exceptional photography from across the globe. In its first seven years, UPI has presented the work of more than 2,500 visual artists in gallery exhibitions and public art installations worldwide.
The People of South Ethiopia
Featuring: Nigel MorrisView Location Details Number 1 on the official photoville map Click to download this year's map Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza
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Brooklyn, NY 11201
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