Mursi women are known for their lip plates and decorative scars. Every girl has her lip cut at the age of 15. A small clay plate inserted into the opening and replaced over time with a bigger one as the lip stretches. The larger the plate the more the woman is worth by the time she gets married.
Erta Ale is a challenging place to photograph. There are cracks all over the rim so it is dangerous to get too close as top shelf could collapse at any moment. Toxic gasses and fumes rise up and are carried by the wind, sometimes completely covering the crater. Even with a good respirator it's practically impossible not to cough and run for cover to catch one's breath and hope for breaks in the wind.