"Travelling in Ethiopia gives one the Orlando-like
illusion of living through different centuries".
(Delva Murphy, Ethiopia with a Mule, 1968)
The extraordinary landscapes of the Simien Mountains evoke feelings of temporal dislocation, of being transported to another time. Is it 2008, or 2000 or 1508?
In these photographs I hope to capture the feeling that I experienced in Ethiopia and most strongly in the Simien Mountains. The beauty of the landscape and the unique quality of the light immediately struck me, but there was also an uncanny sense of recognition, like being in a sublime 19th Century landscape painting.
Tim Handfield, 2009
Preview a selection of the images from "Ethiopian Time", my forthcoming exhibition to be held at FortyFive Downstairs Gallery from June 30 to July 11 2009.