Behind the Photo No. 2 — Addis Ababa Merry Go Round

Technical Data

  • Date: May 31, 2013

  • Camera: Canon 5D Mark III

  • Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm IS USM @ 24mm

  • Aperture: f5.6

  • Shutter Speed: 1/10

  • ISO: 800

I'm not sure if it was pure stupidity, or naive curiosity that had me get on the carousel with these young boys from Addis Ababa, but let's just say this photo almost caused me to lose my lunch. 

While we spun around in circles, they wanted to go faster and faster. It was all good fun on their part, and for some reason I continued to look through the eyepiece getting dizzier and dizzier — then there was this moment. 

Photography for me is often a way to satisfy my own curiosity. I'm fascinated by people and all of their little nuances. I also believe that photography, beyond its technical form, is about your relationship with the world, and in the case of people, your relationship with them, however fleeting. 

So these kids, as curious as I was about them, just kind of stopped laughing and giggling, and then they looked at me like this. Just for a second.

It's a moment I won't forget. 

This photo was taken in the spring of 2013 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on an expedition with Canadian Humanitarian, an organization that provides resources to children in Ethiopia with the aim to break the cycle of poverty through education.