As a 23 year old my photographic travels took me to a drought ravaged region of North-Eastern Ethiopia called Afar. On arriving in the capital, Addis Ababa, I was struck by the evident disparity in wealth. As I travelled north, I began to observe life of the pastoralists, and admire the strength of their culture and their ability to survive despite lacking essentials such as electricity and clean water; things taken for granter in countries like Australia where I have lived for most of my life. Conditions have been steadily worsening in Afar. Community leaders told me that after four serious droughts in the region they were no longer able to provide food for their livestock. Just as the physical conditions were confronting for a young Australian, so were some of the cultural differences. I travelled to Ethiopia as part of an arts project tackling the issues of female circumcision, and as a newcomer I found gender inequalities difficult to bypass. It seemed as though the woman's voice was only present when you had spoken to the man first - and the men were always present.