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Travel photography for me is about getting out and trying to find a story...

The "Tunisian Revolution" saw the ousting of the long term president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. The spark was ignited quite literally by a street seller Mohamed Bouazizi - who after having his street cart repeatedly confiscated by the police (due to having insufficient funds to bribe them), set him self on fire. 

The riots ultimately led to Ben Ali fleeing the country and the arrest of many of his family on charges of corruption and drug related crimes. In Hammamet the Ben Ali family had built several lavish holiday villas which - along with other Ben Ali family residences - were targeted by the Tunisian people during the uprising. The villas are now the property of the Tunisian people, and have been dubbed 'museums' - sad and somewhat ugly scars serving as reminders of Ben Ali's corrupt regime.

Thanks for looking - and thank you if you've been bothered to read the notes above.



Adam

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkII
Lens:EF17-40mm f/4L USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:5 Dec 2011 - 4:11 PM
Focal Length:22mm
Aperture:f/9.0
Shutter Speed:1/40sec
ISO:1000
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:The Ben Ali Spiral
Username:sherlob sherlob
Uploaded:30 Oct 2012 - 11:53 AM
Votes:Voting Disabled

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 54212 forum postsSlowSong vcard England28 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jan 2012 - 4:35 PM

Wow, this is a great image. Full of movement and texture.
And I remember the story well about Mohamed Bouaziz. How drastic must a situation get for a person to do such a thing, but he certainly seems to have started something!
Chris

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puritycontrol

Great Mono Shot

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marktc
marktc e2 Member 346 forum postsmarktc vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jan 2012 - 4:46 PM

A great image Adam that works very well for me. The description gives the image that extra depth (not that it needs it!!). Thanks for your advice too on Fields of Gold.

M@rk

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7394 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom968 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jan 2012 - 4:49 PM

This is absolutely superb, and leaves me impatient for more. I guess it's the regular aftermath of revolution - Versailles was trashed in 1789, the Winter Palace in 1917. You've had an amazing opportunity to document a piece of history.
This image could be viewed as symbolic of the downwards spiral from power. Looking forward to the next.
Moira

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fraser
fraser  10631 forum posts Scotland14 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jan 2012 - 4:49 PM

So much detail in this which kind of compells the viewer to read your summary. Looking forward to seeing the rest of the series.

Fraser

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woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 7woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jan 2012 - 5:50 PM

First-class photograph and commentary.
Bill

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AnnChown
AnnChown e2 Member 4183 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jan 2012 - 6:09 PM

Fascinating background to your image - I look forward to more.
Ann

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MickyMc
MickyMc  6 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2012 - 6:17 PM

Stands out in a crowd
Mavis

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prabhusinha
prabhusinha e2 Member 6prabhusinha vcard India3 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jan 2012 - 5:01 AM

A spiral steps, what we find them most in old buildings at Kolkata .Works well in mono.

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KingBee
KingBee e2 Member 8329 forum postsKingBee vcard Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jan 2012 - 9:46 AM

What an image, and what a story. Photojournalism at its best.

Regards.

Bob

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Sandgrouse
10 Jan 2012 - 9:17 PM

Great image that you have to look at for a while. I can see why it would be your favourite shot of the year, the detail is fantastic and works so well as B&W

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Scottishlandscapes
Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 968 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jan 2012 - 12:47 PM

Your eye rests on an item and registers as very sharp and then you look further and its also very sharp. The entire image is crisp with amazing detail from front to back, or maybe top to bottom is more apt. The monochrome is superb, a full range of tones but with good blacks & whites. The quality for a street type image is nothing short of extraordinary.
I must apologise for being so slow finding this image, it certainly deserves a lot more attention.

Dougie

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sherlob e2 Member 82276 forum postssherlob vcard United Kingdom123 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2012 - 12:35 AM

Thanks Dougie - and all.

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cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 103999 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland24 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jan 2012 - 7:59 PM

a fascinating insight Smile

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