Cee has unwittingly chosen my favourite type of photography and my favourite past time – observing people unawares. I particularly love capturing facial expressions that let me make a story as to what the person’s thoughts are at the time. Obviously it is my take on what their expression means to me and may be totally unrelated to the actual. Floating down the Nile gave me opportunities galore to capture a glimpse into the lives of Egyptians I would have loved to have met and chatted to but the reality was that it would never happen.
The man above was intent on repairs. It looked like something we would see in plumbing fixtures in our own homes but I doubt you’d ever see our plumbers down by the water bashing away with a rock to correct the shape or perhaps join two bits together.
Naturally along a river there was a lot of boating activities whether it be fishing or simply getting from A to B.
Time to take the cattle home for the night after a day’s grazing on the lush banks of the Nile. Tether Mum and and the calf will happily follow.
Feeding his workhorse.
Everyone lends a hand with the crops although we didn’t see any women working anywhere on our trip. Always the men.
Women stay at home looking after the house and children.
One child gets to ride the other bring in the family cow.
Walking with a purpose – perhaps another cow to bring home. I have so many of these photos of life along the Nile. It gives a tiny snapshot view of what life is like for the rural folk. I have to admit what I saw looked like appealing although I think it would be tough with money scarce and luxuries few. With a cow, a horse or donkey or even a camel you are probably considered a rich man.
In response to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge prompt Catching people unaware.