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The Ben Ali Spiral

By sherlob
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.


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SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
6 Jan 2012 4:35PM
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!

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Great Mono Shot
marktc Plus
7 101 15 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2012 4:46PM
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.

mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2012 4:49PM
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.
fraser 14 631 14 Scotland
6 Jan 2012 4:49PM
So much detail in this which kind of compells the viewer to read your summary. Looking forward to seeing the rest of the series.

woolybill1 Plus
11 23 72 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2012 5:50PM
First-class photograph and commentary.
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2012 6:09PM
Fascinating background to your image - I look forward to more.
MickyMc 10 8 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2012 6:17PM
Stands out in a crowd
7 Jan 2012 5:01AM
A spiral steps, what we find them most in old buildings at Kolkata .Works well in mono.
KingBee Plus
12 529 2 Scotland
7 Jan 2012 9:46AM
What an image, and what a story. Photojournalism at its best.


User_Removed 11 407 1 United Kingdom
10 Jan 2012 9:17PM
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
14 Jan 2012 12:47PM
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.

sherlob Plus
12 2.9k 129 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2012 12:35AM
Thanks Dougie - and all.
cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
20 Jan 2012 7:59PM
a fascinating insight Smile

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