Scottish photographer Kieran Dodds is known for capturing intimate images that showcase the symbiotic relationship of humans and their landscapes. This exhibition of thirty-eight photographs portrays the communal and religious culture of the Amhara province of Ethiopia, which is home to one of the most vital apostolic traditions of Orthodox Christianity. Dodds has captured the reality of life in the village with a welcome frankness. The photo series asserts that the Ethiopian church's vision of preservation has transformed the landscape. As a non-fiction photographer, Dodds has mastered the art of connecting with people and gaining their trust, allowing us to enter the daily routines that support a wholistic community. Compared to the shopping mall aesthetic and bland coffee corners of many American megachurches, the hierotopic spaces of Ethiopia are an inspiring visualization of an abundant heavenly kingdom and represent an enduring vision of human flourishing and the gift of life.
Thursday, April 25, 2019
6:00 pm–8:00 pm
First Things Editorial Offices
35 East 21st St, Sixth Floor
New York, New York
Kieran Dodds is a non-fiction photographer known for his research-driven photo stories and portraiture. His personal work considers the interplay of environment and culture, tracing global events through daily lives. After studying Zoology at university, he trained at the Herald newspaper group in Glasgow. Dodds later became an independent photographer. He has won several accolades for his work, including a first prize World Press Photo award for his story The Bats of Kasanka. Dodds also received a Winston Churchill Fellowship to finish The Third Pole, which documents Tibetan culture in flux.
Photos courtesy of Kieran Dodds.