Elwely Vall
MAURITANIA
I’m Elwely Vall, 20 years old. I’ve loved photography since my oldest brother gave me a camera when I was eight years old and I then started to learn about photography through reading books and long-distance studies. I started working professionally in 2013 after I bought the necessary camera equipment. For four years I have been working freelance and on personal projects and participating in international and continental competitions and exhibitions. The Mauritanian community is more closely associated with the picture: “The Mauritanian community in light of the changes taking place”. I can say that the experience of this project has been the best in my life so far; I have introduced new people to their cultures and habits; helping them solve their problems by communicating their stories to other people. I have learned to put and use all my possibilities to express what I work on and explain that the rules of photography don’t apply on them but can be applied to all life. Nevertheless, the support factor for my work remains subdued because though I still have many ideas in the field of photography for Mauritania, the material aspects of support are lacking.
Men of Sahara
I decidedI decided to go to Tanchort, deep in the Western Sahara, in a journey through time to the old past where there is no way and no specific worlds – no drinking water, no electricity, no internet – to try to capture the true moments of happiness, color, taste and reality. Of the cities and disappeared from the list of human feelings, was the first picture. Between the past and the present, where there is no definition of time and no feelings … where Tanchort Oasis is located between the golden sands in the center of the state of Adrar, Mauritania maximum point in the Sahara, reaching temperature in the middle of the days of above 40 degrees Celsius. Tanchort, where you find the hospitality and warm hospitality of the original Arab, dates and camel milk and the meeting with (Atai) traditional Mauritanian coffee. Tanchort, where children and men sponsor camels – the basis of their economy of transportation and food -where they go every day in a search trip of 20 to 15 km to search for wells for water and places with plant. In this picturesque landscape, where villages with a population of tens of people live on the edge of the deserts, I have tried to reveal a society that remains a link between the ancient past and the present. I present this with the certainty these villages with their customs, habits and traditions, will inevitably disappear one day. to go to Tanchort, deep in the Western Sahara, in a journey through time to the old past where there is no way and no specific worlds – no drinking water, no electricity, no internet – to try to capture the true moments of happiness, color, taste and reality. Of the cities and disappeared from the list of human feelings, was the first picture. Between the past and the present, where there is no definition of time and no feelings … where Tanchort Oasis is located between the golden sands in the center of the state of Adrar, Mauritania maximum point in the Sahara, reaching temperature in the middle of the days of above 40 degrees Celsius. Tanchort, where you find the hospitality and warm hospitality of the original Arab, dates and camel milk and the meeting with (Atai) traditional Mauritanian coffee. Tanchort, where children and men sponsor camels – the basis of their economy of transportation and food -where they go every day in a search trip of 20 to 15 km to search for wells for water and places with plant. In this picturesque landscape, where villages with a population of tens of people live on the edge of the deserts, I have tried to reveal a society that remains a link between the ancient past and the present. I present this with the certainty these villages with their customs, habits and traditions, will inevitably disappear one day.

The Addis Foto Fest (AFF) was established in 2010 by award-winning photographer and cultural entrepreneur, Aida Muluneh. The festival is organized by Desta for Africa Creative Consulting PLC. AFF is a biennial international photography festival held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It has previously featured exhibitions, portfolio reviews, conferences, projections and film screenings in many different renowned venues. It is also the first and only international photography festival in East Africa.