Born in Ethiopia, Dawit N.M. had always the urge to help tell the stories of people that were voiceless. His interest in community, family, and interpersonal conflicts can be seen throughout his work. He first used and still uses photography to coup and document with his father’s sickness. Now he works towards helping change how the world views third-world countries, areas of poverty, and the voiceless. Weather it be through film or photography, he wants to show that there are more to these beautiful people and places than most get to see.
Ethiopian b. January 29, 1996, currently living and working in Virginia Beach.
About ‘The Hidden Branch ‘:
“The Hidden Branch” explores Southside Gardens, a neighborhood in Portsmouth, VA that resides across the street from one of the largest shipyard in the world, the Norfolk Naval Shipyard. This neighborhood houses many of the welders, plumbers, electricians, carpenters, and many other occupations who work at the shipyard. This project examines the day to day life in this close knit community that essentially sits right next to a facility that produces and houses weapons of mass destruction.
Dawit N.M presents us with an oxymoron of life through captivating and incredible images. He tells people’s lives hand in hand with the creation of weapons of mass destruction. Through portraits and evocative landscapes tells us a story never seen before.