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Sunrise, Cairo, Egypt, 2011

I juxtapose a symbol of the Islamic faith – a minaret – against a symbol of contemporary Egypt’s economy – a distant building blanketed in both morning mist and construction cranes. This juxtaposition poses a symbolic question. During my brief Egyptian visit, the country was preparing to vote for a parliament that will draft a new constitution for this troubled land, the most populous in the area. What kind of government will best serve Egypt and the Middle East – religious or secular? A new day dawns as an “Arab Spring” morphs into an “Arab Fall.”

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Phil Douglis02-Jan-2012 20:34
You are right -- one could not visit Egypt in the midst of a developing social, cultural, and political revolution and focus only on the country's immensely important and profoundly extensive past. Egypt's present and future seemed to be equally significant to me.
Tim May01-Jan-2012 23:46
I notice that your Egypt image comments are some of the most political that I've ever seen from you. I think this probably reflect the time that you were there - historic time in the midst of a historic place.
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