“IN PHOTOS” is a series I will use to share many of the hundreds of photos I have taken during my travels. It is a series I have thought about for a while now, but did not want to start until I got back home from my trip. However after spending a week in Chefchaouen, Morocco I couldn’t wait any longer. “IN PHOTOS” will not have a set schedule like my “MUSIC MONDAY” or “PHOTO ROUND UP” series. “IN PHOTOS” will be a post with several photos with no limit. The only restriction this series will have is that it must be about a certain subject or theme. I will write a brief paragraph or sentence describing the subject or theme of the photos and then post the photos. I will label the photos (if you hover over them with your mouse you will see the label), but I will not caption the photos like I do on my blog post or on “PHOTO ROUND UP” with my thoughts. I want to use “IN PHOTOS” to share my photos and let you come up with your own thoughts about the images and hope you share them with me.
I have to be honest before January 25, 2011 if you had asked me to pin point “Tahrir Square” on a map I would have looked at you and said “Umm yeah I have no clue”. Hell I didn’t even know “Tahrir Square” meant “Liberation Square“. The strange thing is that I have been obsessed with Egypt most of my life, but mostly of Ancient Egypt. You know the Pyramids, Temples and Ruins. As I mentioned before it captured my imagination at a young age and knew I would visit one day & well now I am. It was when the Revolution started that I began to pay attention to the current events going on and was intrigued even more.
“Tahrir Square” lies in the heart of Cairo, and the funny thing is it’s not really a Square it’s more of a large turn around for traffic coming in all directions. As in Cairo, “Tahrir Square” also lies in the heart of the Arab uprising all over the middle east and because it was the focal point of the Revolution in Egypt it is now world known. The images we have seen come from this Square have been heart breaking, gut wrenching, tear jerking powerful images of people fighting for rights they deserve and for a better & happier future. The sad thing is that the media always seems to put a spin on things and only show us the ugly, the bad & the dramatic. I mean we know it’s “that” news and images that travel faster around the world and are what “sells”, but come on show the good side too. No? I have now been in Egypt over 3 weeks and am exploring all corners of Egypt, but have managed to visit “Tahrir Square” on many occasions. Every time I go I am in awe and can’t help, but look around at everything going on and feel the energy coming from all over. I am also welcomed by strangers “Welcome to Egypt” – “Thank you for visiting” is what I hear often. It’s an amazing feeling you get when you are welcomed to any country by locals.
I was lucky enough to be in Cairo on Friday – January 27, 2012. Just 2 days after the one year anniversary of the start of the Revolution. I wanted to be there on the 25th, but was in Siwa, visiting the Sahara Desert. What I was able to whiteness though on Friday is something I will never forget and one of the most amazing things I have seen on the road to date. What I witnessed is humanity coming together for one cause in the most peaceful way possible, prayer! I arrived early and watched as the crowds gathered, signs put in place, people getting face painted and memorabilia being sold everywhere to show pride. Then moments later I started seeing everyone take seat on the streets, to get ready for prayer. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing… this is the stuff I have always wanted to whiteness and document for myself. Shortly after the prayer began and I was in AWE… I had never seen anything like this. It was so beautiful & peaceful. I spent several hours there during the day and more during the night. The images I was able to capture are some of my favorite from my entire trip. I am looking at them and am in tears… I really wish it was these images that made the news around the world. I hope with this post I can show the world a side of “Tahrir Square” the media/news do not want you to see.
“IT’S A REVOLUTION NOT A PARTY”
“THE IDEA DOESN’T DIE”
Hope you enjoyed the photos & I hope you share your thoughts below.
Oh & please share this… lets show the world another side of Tahrir Square the good side!
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