Photographer's Note

The Ethiopian Orthodox church (in fact the entire country of Ethiopia) still uses the Julian Calendar - which pushes 'Christmas' back to around the 7th / 8th of January. For those of us who are a little Grinch-like, especially about the commercialisation of the holiday period, Ethiopia comes highly recommended - the traditional, western dates around 24th/25th December pass by unnoticed, but Genna (Ethiopian Christmas) is a powerful, deeply religious time of pilgrimage and prayer which can have a strong impact even on this deeply secular photographer.

The photograph was taken inside one of the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela and was done under very, very low light conditions (and no flash). There was a tiny bit of ambient lighting coming in from some very small, and very high windows - but the flame in the worshipper's hands was effectively the only light available, so very high ISO and aperture and very low shutter speed.

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