Some of my time-lapse footage of the Young Artists Coalition painting in Tahrir Square was used in this video by Aalam Wassef. The video claims that the Egyptian military owns 40% of Egypt’s economy. Wassef wants them out.
Pyramids of Giza. During the next few weeks, I’ll be posting a photo from my recent trip to Egypt. Each photo represents a collection of photos from the same place. This one was taken from a taxi on my way back to Cairo from a visit to the pyramids. More photos from this place here:
I arrived at Talaat Harb Square at 4 AM to shoot the painting of this mural by The Young Artists Coalition. It took about 2 or 3 hours in all. My two roommates, Min and Nicolas, came with me and we had a ball.
Hope you like it.
Felucca Flip Book! The boat ride on the Nile is one of the most lovely Cairo experiences.
Al Azhar Park is a well designed relaxing park overlooking Cairo. It has a lake, cafes, restaurants and lots of green grass to fall asleep on. Although women really aren’t supposed to lay down as my roommate Min found out when a guard shook his finger at her in disapproval. Other than that, it’s an inviting place where Cairenes are busy with their families and aren’t really interested in foreigners. A welcome respite from suspicious downtowners.
Time-Lapse: Members of The Young Artists Coalition paint a mural on the asphalt of Tahrir Square in Cairo. http://vimeo.com/26461661
Panorama of Tahrir Square on July 8, 2011. Check out the large version here. Unable to get into a hotel room overlooking the square, I settled for climbing up a huge truck to shoot this panorama. The guys protecting the hotel rooms wanted 500 - 1000 Egyptian pounds.
It’s the first time that being American denied me access. I tried to get into this growing tent city in a section of Tahrir Square where Locals check everyone’s ID upon entry. When they saw I was American they simply said I couldn’t enter. I was somewhat surprised. I didn’t push it because I could see everything just fine from where I was.
A couple hours later, I approached through another entrance. Some kids guarding the entrance asked if I was Egyptian. I told then I was American but that I was born in Beirut. They smiled and let me through.