The day I landed in Cairo, I walked out of the airport and there was a apocalyptic sand storm covering the whole city.
My little taxi driver was waiting for me, and then off we headed into the abyss.
I sat there in that taxi super excited, I couldn’t see 50m infront of us, but I was excited nonetheless.
This was Cairo, a place Egyptians nickname ‘the mother of the world’, a place where desert and city collide, a place where ‘busy’ gets a whole new definition, and a place where 20-million-people call home.
Camera:Lomo LCA (R.I.P – its dead for now)
Film: Fuji Superia X-Tra 400
Location: downtown Cairo, Egypt. June 2010.
Photoshop: Scanning color-shift corrections.
From sidewalks jammed like Sardines in can, to the cue for trying to buy an ice-cream resembling a mosh pit, day to day in Cairo is something else.
There’s alot of cities around the world that ‘never sleep’, but seeing kids just hanging out with Mum downtown at 3am give you a new perspective on it.
Crossing the road is near impossible, you’ll get ripped off buying anything and everything, and wiping black smog off your face becomes and hourly activity.
These photos don’t even touch the tip of iceberg of shooting possibilities in Cairo, and in no way convey even the epic chaotic-ness of simply walking down the street, but my Lomo died after the Pyramids and these were all I could save from the jammed roll.
Maybe its your gateway to the Middle East, or Africa, or maybe your just ticking off wonders of the world, whatever your reason though, Cairo is a place that needs to be experienced to be believed.