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To Serve and Protect Photograph by Carsten Peter
Working as a guide and guard for the Geographic team, a man named Edris surveys the salt flats near Lake Asele in Ethiopia. Edris belongs to the Afar, a nomadic people who drive their camels, donkeys, and goats in search of pasture during the region's two meager rainy seasons. The Afar also rely on salt to eke out a living. Traders haul blocks pried from salt beds to markets in the Ethiopian Highlands. Since the Afar, who are also called the Danakil, compete and sometimes clash with other tribes over territory and water, they are heavily armed; even boys in their early teens can be seen carrying Kalashnikov rifles.
Camera: Nikon F100 Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia 50 Lens: 20mm Speed and F-Stop: 1/125 @ f/11
Weather Conditions: Sunny Time of Day: Morning Lighting Techniques: Natural light