Posted on 2021-04-01

Ethiopia - Origin of Mankind Virtual Photography Expedition

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Join me on this exciting virtual photography expedition to the cradle of mankind, Ethiopia. We start our trip from its capital Addis Abeba, the highest city in Africa, to continue to the Omo Valley, to witness some of the most authentic tribal minorities of the continent.

I will explain how I manage to photograph throughout the day, from portraits to landscape and everything in between.

Let yourself immerse in the most incredible ceremonies, rituals, markets and daily life of the last remaining tribes of Ethiopia to then travel farther east, close to the border with Djibouti, to explore some authentic places where not many travellers dare to go.

We continue our trip visiting some of the most incredible rock-hewn churches of Tigray and Aymara region, including of course Lalibela, a UNESCO heritage site.

After several scouting trips and photography expeditions, I have learnt incredible facts about this country and have had the chance to photograph its culture, traditions, nature and people. From the Simien Mountains, known as the Roof of Africa, to the Danakil Depression, the hottest inhabited place on Earth, I will show you why I keep coming to this land, where the time stood still to preserve some of the most authentic cultures of the planet.

The talk lasts 90 minutes including a time for Q&A at the end.


  • A Photographer's Journey
  • A Travel Story
  • Visual Storytelling
  • Tips from a Pro
  • Explore Your Creativity
  • Improve your Techniques

Type of Talk

  • Presentation


  • 90 minutes


  • 1 x 75 mins plus Q&A

Languages spoken

English, Spanish

Time Zone

UTC -5


All levels

Delivered by

  • Zoom
  • Other

Max group size



  • Robert
  • Jun 23, 2021
  • JQ delivered his "Up close and personal: a Photographic Journey in South America, Asia and Africa" to Woking Photographic Society. The images were all terrific and some of the stories behind them quite astonishing, all delivered in a very personable style. A thoroughly enjoyable evening and we would love to see more of John's work at some stage in the future.

  • John
  • Apr 16, 2021
  • Stunning use of natural light. Enjoyed the talk immensely.

  • Margaret
  • Apr 16, 2021
  • Hi JQ. I really enjoyed your presentation yesterday. Your use of light was superb. I wondered why the presentation suddenly cut off - thought it was maybe my connection. It has happened once before that fb have cut a photo webinar because of “nudity”. Pity they don’t seem to appreciate the difference between art and straight nudity.

  • Anne
  • Apr 16, 2021
  • Fantastic presentation- makes me want to go back to Colombia!

  • PC
  • Apr 16, 2021
  • Impressionante!!! I was just at the point of posting a comment when FB pulled the plug.
    Great set of photographs, and great presentation.
    I wish you all the best with your tours and hopefully this virus will be under control in the next 12 months and allow us all to continue with our lives.

  • Feargal
  • Mar 30, 2021
  • JQ delivers a superb presentation - the photos and his explanation of how and why he took them was excellent but what was extremely impressive was not only the story associated with the image but the way he told that story.

    It comes across that he really loves his native country ( Columbia) and you great empathy for the local population and the tribes- people of the Amazon

    Absolutely superb, very professional and not to be missed


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