Water, the life-giving, incredible force of nature that makes up a part of everything we know on earth. The reflection and movement of water is one that every human finds a sense of calmness in. It determines our moods, our health and our mental wellbeing, and we find ourselves yearning to be near it. This series illuminates how water itself adds another element to the sublime, the reflection of the largest, most majestic scenes, to the flowing waters found in hidden gorges, secret home to those who find it and a magical wonderland to those who stumble into its wake.
Drew Doggett has made a name for himself in the documentary and fine art world with his photography of some of the planet’s most unique and isolated indigenous cultures. His 2009 solo trip to the isolated Himalayan area of Humla, Nepal, resulted in a book, Slow Road to China, and six gallery exhibitions in New York, Nashville, and Washington, D.C. Omo: Expressions of a People, a collection of photographs from Ethiopia, is the second of several expeditions Doggett has planned as part of this ten-year project. Trained in fashion photography, Doggett creates images that capture a larger, perhaps classical, idea of beauty—one that speaks to worlds beyond the immediate context of his subjects. His photography of these traditional communities encourages Western viewers of all ages to draw links between seemingly disparate cultures. The interaction of landscape and human physicality is a particular focus of his work. Since 2009, Doggett has incorporated a philanthropic element into his artistic pursuits with Art Cares. Thanks to this non-profit project, proceeds from the book and fine art prints of Slow Road to China have already funded all operations at a health center in rural Nepal for a year. In 2012, the Omo collection was accepted into the Smithsonian African Art Museum’s photographic archives.