Life along the Nile: Catching People Unaware: Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge


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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.


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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.


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Naturally along a river there was a lot of boating activities whether it be fishing or simply getting from A to B.


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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.


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Feeding his workhorse.


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Everyone lends a hand with the crops although we didn’t see any women working anywhere on our trip. Always the men.


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Women stay at home looking after the house and children.


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One child gets to ride the other bring in the family cow.


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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.

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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11 Responses to Life along the Nile: Catching People Unaware: Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

  1. V.J. Knutson says:

    Great snapshots of a culture – thanks for sharing.

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  2. Your photos seem to capture life from a few hundred years ago. I suspect little has changed since then for these humble people.

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  3. Charli Mills says:

    Candid snapshots convey so much about everyday life.

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  4. Cee Neuner says:

    Irene, what a wonderful gallery of photos for this week. 😀 😀

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  5. Bernice says:

    They seem very intense on what they are doing! Seems like time have stopped for them.

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