No Ordinary Sky
A Photograph by Tsion Haileselassie
What is there to see in an expanse of purple sky? It is the same question I might ask when presented with a view of a limitless stretch of an ocean. The sky and the ocean share, I’d say, the same guile—surfaces that seem endless and uncharted. But a seafarer or cloudspotter knows what to look for, where and how to look for it. A photograph of the sky is therefore a piece of what is offered when we look up, just as a slice is taken as indicative of the pie. An abundance we might fail to notice.
Tsion Haileselassie: “The photograph is special to me because it feels like brighter days are coming.”
This photograph was taken in Megenaga, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
As a photographer that is in love with, and introduced to scenery through the street, I'm ready to capture what feels right. It's a gut feeling almost.
The photograph is special to me because it feels like brighter days are coming. It's like a reminder that I am here.
My approaches slightly changes based on what I photograph or decide to create. Most times I prep by thinking and keeping the thought marinated before I pick the camera to photograph. I write and revisit it—basically meditate on it. At other times the moment feels right and I make a quick decision to photograph.
Photography is one of the biggest storytelling mediums. It can transport not only messages but at times you can feel what you see as an audience.
Two more photographs by Tsion Haileselassie
Tsion is interested in street photography “as a way to capture the magic we often overlook as we go about our days.”
Last Week — Fua Bilich
My approach to photography is to enjoy it. I don't stress too much about the techniques. I just shoot and make sure I fully engage with the moment.
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