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Meet Solomon Fissha

I met Solomon while I was wandering around on my own near Meskal Square. His English was pretty good and before long he revealed that he had a special talent that he hoped to use to get into the Guinness Book of World Records…

Solomon claimed that he could draw a self-portrait of himself with his hands, feet or mouth on any medium and using any material. Naturally, I was intrigued by this claim and so he offered me a demonstration on the spot. The “spot” happened to be the sidewalk we were standing on and the materials used were bits of rock and mud in the drain next to the sidewalk. Oh, and he confined himself to only using his feet!

Solomon begins his masterpiece:

Solomon Fissha

He’s not cheating here… Solomon is placing bits of rock and dirt under his shoes to continue drawing/painting/whatever with:

Solomon Fissha

A face emerges:

Solomon Fissha

His self-portrait by foot finished, Solomon also demonstrated his abilities with hands, pen and paper by cranking out another quick self-portrait in my notebook:

Solomon Fissha

While we were talking, Solomon disclosed that he had a friend that was also trying to get into the Guinness Book of World Records. The friend’s talent? Apparently, he can laugh – for a really, really long time.

Guinness, are you out there?


One thought on “Meet Solomon Fissha

  1. Wow! It seems like you a great Ethiopian experience. That’s what happen to people that explore, are curious and interact with locals. We are not tourists, we are explorers.

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