Portraits and Cairo Coffee

A typically beautiful Cairo morning, cool in the dusty shadows with cats basking in the warm November sun. I crossed the not yet busy square of Midan Hussein dodging a bread delivery boy balancing a rack of fresh baladi bread on his head; I slipped into my usual first port of call for coffee, one…

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What Do You Know About Syria

What Do You Know About Syria So tell me: It’s been five years of a brutal war and almost every day the international media has carried some Syrian related story, from revolution to refugee and while most of Europe is now cowering under its bed in fear what can you really tell me about Syria…

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Just Another Day of War in Damascus

From my back-dated Damascus Diary. Emerging from Hamadiyah souk the light is almost blinding, the shoppers silhouetted, the modern world outside the Old City is noisy and harsh; in the summer the heat slaps you in the face and where the traffic is frustrated and angry. The Old City an urban oasis offers protection, a…

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Damascus The Beginning of the End (pt4)

In the cold light of morning one thing seemed abundantly clear; I was in the shit. I decided to pack up my things and prepare the house for my leaving, after ten years not such an easy task, I had already started re-arranging things in the hope of renting one of the rooms, several people…

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Damascus The Beginning of the End (pt3)

Crossing borders always makes me nervous, no matter if my paper work is in order as it (almost) is this time, not surprisingly there is no queue at the foreigners desk, neither is there an officer, just an empty chair beside the nicotine colored computer, I give a friendly wave to an officer who glanced…

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Damascus the Beginning of the End (pt1)

I walked away from the customs building to the waiting car with my passport stamped and precariously slipped into the back pocket of my jeans, the driver was waiting patiently smoking a cigarette, legs crossed and leaning against the bonnet of the taxi, mafi musklia he asked me tossing his cigarette away and getting in…

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Istanbul Photographer John Wreford

Istanbul and Turkey Bloggers I am currently updating my stock image files, should you wish to use any of my images feel free to drop me a line, am happy for you to feature my pictures in return for a credit and link. Check out latest images on the link below:http://wreford.photoshelter.com/gallery/Istanbul-Portfolio/G000054QlzukCFZ4/

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The Art of Oriental Dance Photography Exhibit Istanbul 14th Oct

My work focusing on the art of Belly Dance  will be exhibited at Galatea Art Gallery on Tuesday Oct 14th and I would love for you all to come-the opening is at 6pm. I would also really appreciate you sharing this invitation with your friends who may be interested-thank you. Also anyone in Istanbul who…

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Belly Dance Istanbul

Following on from the previous post I would just like to draw attention to the wonderfully talented dancer Hale Sultan. An award winning Turkish Belly Dancer that has performed around the world is available to share her exceptional talent with students in Istanbul. For anybody interested in Belly Dance classes, workshops or performances please visit…

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Photographers and Social Media

In the interest of a little blog interaction I would love for those of you photographers reading this to tell me your thoughts on how you are using social media and for what direct purpose. I like most have a Facebook account, Twitter and a LinkedIn profile, I use them all alongside my website and…

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