In 2005, I traveled to Africa for the first time. While there, I visited Ghana and Ethiopia. Two countries on opposite ends of the continent, each filled with their own unique cultures, histories and contributions to the human record. Captured throughout my stay, these photographs are a visual response to the stereotypical references of Africa as "The Dark Continent"- the presumption of Africa as a void and mysterious land. Emerging from these ahistorical notions, are various flowers symbolic for beauty that Africa has always given the world since the dawn of civilization.