Alexandria to Cairo

I’m glad to see that so many people enjoyed the photos in the first post for Egypt.  Tonight, I’ll be sharing with you some more photos shot while on a drive from Alexandria to Cairo.  I had to visit a project location before going to Cairo so this took us east, out of the way, for about 3 hours.  I’m glad we did that because some of the villages we went through were quite fascinating to see.

HI HO SILVER… AWAYYYYY!!!!!!!! (For you youngins, that’s a Lone Ranger reference).

Sony A7RmkII w/ Minolta MD 35-70mm f/3.5 Macro (3rd Gen)
Sony A7RmkII w/ Minolta MD 35-70mm f/3.5 Macro (3rd Gen)

Finding some shade from the midday sun makes all the difference in being comfortable or not.

Sony A7RmkII w/ Minolta MD 35-70mm f/3.5 Macro (3rd Gen)
Sony A7RmkII w/ Minolta MD 35-70mm f/3.5 Macro (3rd Gen)

Even around Cairo and Alexandria, it’s common to see people using horses and donkeys to pull carts.  The further out of the cities you get, the more common it becomes.  In some of the villages we passed through, it became the main mode of hauling things.  Here, this is the old Ford truck.  It gets great grass mileage… Wow… I did just type that.  I’m leaving that on here.

Sony A7RmkII w/ Minolta MD 35-70mm f/3.5 Macro (3rd Gen)
Sony A7RmkII w/ Minolta MD 35-70mm f/3.5 Macro (3rd Gen)

 

Here in Egypt, you see all varieties of dress for women.  From fully covered to fully Western, and everything in-between.

Sony A7RmkII w/ Minolta MD 35-70mm f/3.5 Macro (3rd Gen)
Sony A7RmkII w/ Minolta MD 35-70mm f/3.5 Macro (3rd Gen)

 

Sony A7RmkII w/ Minolta MD 35-70mm f/3.5 Macro (3rd Gen)
Sony A7RmkII w/ Minolta MD 35-70mm f/3.5 Macro (3rd Gen)

 

Sony A7RmkII w/ Minolta MD 35-70mm f/3.5 Macro (3rd Gen)
Sony A7RmkII w/ Minolta MD 35-70mm f/3.5 Macro (3rd Gen)

 

At one point in the journey, we passed by a field where these boys were watching after a small flock of sheep.  My friend, Mohamed, who was traveling with me asked our driver, Mustafa, to pull over so I could get a photo.  Mohamed approached the boys, introducing himself, and asked them if they would permit me to photograph them.  At first they were a little apprehensive but they relaxed the more Mohamed spoke with them.  Stooping down in the sand, I shot a few images so that I could show them their pictures on the back of my camera.  After that, they all relaxed and I got this shot.  They were looking off in the distance at  who I believe was their grandfather as he was approaching us.

Sony A7RmkII w/ Minolta MD 35-70mm f/3.5 Macro (3rd Gen)
Sony A7RmkII w/ Minolta MD 35-70mm f/3.5 Macro (3rd Gen)

Mohamed spoke to him to explain why we were there and what I was doing.  He was very gracious about the whole thing so I motioned to him, asking if I could take a photo of him.  He obliged and willingly moved into better lighting for me.  After the shot, I showed him the image on my camera and he let loose such an amazing smile.  We shook hands and Mohamed began to tell him a little about the two of us and where we’re from.  He enthusiastically offered for us to come join him for tea but we couldn’t.  I hated to leave these kind people, especially turning down the offer to share tea, but we had to keep going otherwise we wouldn’t arrive to Cairo until late in the evening.

Sony A7RmkII w/ Minolta MD 35-70mm f/3.5 Macro (3rd Gen)
Sony A7RmkII w/ Minolta MD 35-70mm f/3.5 Macro (3rd Gen)

 

Here is Mohamed and Mostafa (left-to-right).  Mohamed wears that smile all the time.  I don’t believe I’ve ever met a warmer soul.  No one is a stranger to him and people are just drawn in by his kindness and vibrance.  I’ve now had the pleasure of spending a week with him in Cairo and he’s taken me out for a few incredible experiences in Cairo.  Those photos are coming up in my next post.  I’m pleased to say that I’ll have plenty of opportunity to spend more time with him as we’ll be working together on this project here in Egypt.

Sony A7RmkII w/ Minolta MD 135mm f/3.5
Sony A7RmkII w/ Minolta MD 135mm f/3.5

The following day, I was introduced to my office in Cairo.  The tenth floor offers quite the view!  That’s the Nile river.

Sony A7RmkII w/ Minolta MD 135mm f/3.5
Sony A7RmkII w/ Minolta MD 135mm f/3.5

 

And those are some of the pyramids way off in the distance.

Sony A7RmkII w/ Minolta MD 135mm
Sony A7RmkII w/ Minolta MD 135mm

I hope you enjoyed the photos.  I’ve got one more folder of images to go through then I’ll be making another post.  Free-time is at a premium right now so I can’t promise I’ll be able to get to them right away.  Please check back soon, or subscribe, and I’ll do my best to fit it in sometime later this week.

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5 thoughts on “Alexandria to Cairo

  1. Wow!! What awesome pictures, Tommy!! Keep ’em coming! I love looking at them. Can you go to Iceland with us next month so you can be my photographer? I know my pictures will do the island no justice!!!

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  2. Amazing B&W photos! Something I enjoyed talking with the people of Egypt is about the stories we know from the Bible, especially the stories passed by their ancestors. I’m glad to see that you are sharing with us some photos of amazing people and villages.

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  3. Difficult for those of us in the USA to imagine how people in the rest of the world live.
    Your photo essay’s provide beautiful insight into the lives of other cultures, Tom!!
    I value what I have seen of other countries… gives a greater appreciation for our land.

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