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Dishes at dawn, Cairo, Egypt, 2011

Mosques and satellite dishes dot the skyline of downtown Cairo – I made this image at dawn from the balcony of our hotel room. The warm first rays of the sun cause a mist to rise from the cool streets of the city, creating a characteristic haze that lingers into the day. The golden hour is upon us, and those dishes seem like giant ears and eyeballs turned toward the circling satellites far above the city. Cairo both makes and seeks news in this particular month – its people had just shed an authoritarian regime, only to face new threats to freedom from their own army’s generals. Just a few days after we left Cairo, Tenihir Square, only a mile or so beyond these very buildings, would once again be teeming with angry protesters.

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Phil Douglis08-Oct-2019 17:43
The dishes in this photo are forever used and never done. They do, indeed, represent new realities in an ancient place. Thanks, as always, for your words.
BleuEvanescence06-Oct-2019 22:54
I wonder who is doing the dishes at the end of the day...
Fantastic capture that takes us to a strange place emotionally.
Phil Douglis27-Jan-2013 20:55
Thanks, AC, for appraising this image.I used this photo as an example of dawn imaging, however I feel that it offers just as much value as an example of juxtaposition. The satellite dishes flow through the entire image. They reach for the stars, while the minarets in the image do as well.
ac27-Jan-2013 18:44
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