I started to bring the backdrop to peopleâ€™s houses. I requested they wear the clothes they felt represented their culture. The traditional clothes Habesha wear are all hand-woven cotton with specific patterns, mostly inspired by the orthodox cross. These precious hand weaving and embroidering shows Habesha ancient history and Habesha womenâ€™s creativity. The choice of taking people away from their natural environment and putting them in front of a grey backdrop did not simply isolate them, it transformed them. Sometimes the change was subtle; sometimes it was shocking. But there always was a great outcome. The studio set become a neutral area for us. It was not their home, as I brought backdrop and equipments into their lives; it was not my studio, as I set up at their place. But in this isolate space, it was only me and my subject. We are having conversation and culture exchange through lens.