Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Out of Africa... and Indonesia.

I found this beautiful website via another blogging friend of mine. African Digital Art is an online collective, a creative space, where digital artist, enthusiasts and professionals can seek inspiration, showcase their artistry and connect with emerging artists. If you go to this website you will find the most amazing artists which are not yet well known.. at least not in the international scene.

So I wanted to share some of these fine artists, so you can be as amazed as I am what a continent as Africa has to offer!! There is not only poverty and misery here, there are beautiful artists making the most amazing pieces of art!

The first one I would like to share with you is Joey Lawrence, he is 20 years old and takes the most amazing and brilliant photographs of indigenous people. He travels around the world and goes deep into the jungle to find groups of people who have never seen people from other cultures, they are just mind blowing these images! Go and see his website you will LOVE it!!

Abyssinia, the Cradle of Mankind
Abyssinia is the old name for Ethiopia, which translates to “beautiful.” (Ethiopia translates to ‘land of burnt faces’.) It has no political meaning, but simply a nice way of describing the ancient in this country. Although disputed, many people believe that humankind first blossomed from an area near the Ethiopian/Kenyan border due to strong archaeological evidence. And also disputed, many people also believe that Ethiopia is the region of the Garden of Eden mentioned in the bible. Regardless, it is safe to say that perhaps some of mankind's first peoples originated in this region, and it’s people remain ancient and diverse… However, in this present day they are also people of change.

See more stunning pictures of this Ethiopian tribe on his website: www.joeyl.com

And here another set he did of the Mentawai people in Indonesia.

The Mentawai: Shamans of the Siberut Jungle
The Mentawai have one of the earth’s most fascinating and best-preserved indigenous cultures. Tragically, it is perilously close to being extinguished by the unchecked tidal wave of Indonesia’s modernization.

Here you see Joey with the Mentawai tribe. He is still so young, but oh so talented as a photographer, just amazes me!!

This photographer and many more great artists are to find on AFRICAN DIGITAL ART, go and see for yourself if you are interested in art but also interesting people and stories from all over the world!

Have a great day,


plantagenet said...

very good, Mireille, I am following that blog now too, it is very interesting and wonderful to see, that others really look around.

April said...

wow!!! i absolutely love photography and this young guy is gifted!! thanks for sharing mirielle!
when i read your header i thought you were on another traveling adventure :)

Wendy said...

Thanks for sharing. I checked out his site and, wow, such amazing work. Simply stunning.

Wyndee said...

What cool pics! I have to say, though, that I apparently spend too much time around middle school kids. I actually giggled at the nipple shots. ha ha I need a life!

Mireille said...

You are too funny Wyndee!! And April, I will be soon on another traveling adventure, actually next week!


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