Nubian Curves: Lens-Artists Challenge:


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We approached the Nubian village from the Nile. The houses were quite different to the Egyptian Houses we’d been used to seeing. These ones were colourful and used curves to great effect.


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Vaulted ceilings were common and the houses traditionally were adobe bricks (a brick made from straw or dung that was mixed with water and earth.)


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The Nubian people were a separate ethnic race that had its own country prior to the building of the Aswan Dam. They are more closely related to the Sudanese people. On the building of the dam their country was going to be flooded and the Egyptian government offered them Egyptian citizenship which most of the 50,000 residents took up.


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The Nubians have been very successful business people and the thing that Roger and I appreciated more than anything else was that they did not harrass you when you past them with their wares for sale on  a mat. You could freely look without any pressure. Sadly by the time we had arrived here we were so used to averting our gaze – curving upwards and to the right or left- anywhere we could avoid eye contact that we missed out on interacting with a very gentle people.


© irene waters 2019


© irene waters 2019

We were invited in and found that the curves were as visible on the inside as they had been on the outside.


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© irene waters 2019

Domed or vaulted ceilings were common and were adorned with the luxury of a fan.


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© irene waters 2019


© irene waters 2019

Curves certainly added interest to our visit to what is known as Old Nubia for in times past Nubians ruled over Egypt. They have come full circle and that itself is just a curve.

For Lens-Artists Challenge Number 28 – Curves. Thank you for hosting this week Tina.

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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22 Responses to Nubian Curves: Lens-Artists Challenge:

  1. Tina Schell says:

    Nicely done Irene. I like the way you tied it all together in the end. What interesting architecture—perfect for our challenge!!

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  2. Lovely Photos. Such an interesting style of build.

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  3. Perpetua says:

    its good to know that The kept their culture of curves.

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  4. This is such a fascinating story, Irene, and you included lots of photos. Just as I was wondering what the inside looks like, you posted pics. Love the way their culture and interests are painted on the surfaces inside and out, and the brilliant complex way of creating the domes of bricks. i bet some of their architectural solutions are environmentally friendly and could be adapted to modern use all over the world. Do you have any photos of the people themselves?


  5. pattimoed says:

    Fascinating post, Irene. Their architecture is unique and very beautiful. You’ve really traveled to amazing places.

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  7. Bernice says:

    What an amazing experience! I can’t even imagine!

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