Personal work - Sfax bus stops

Le Projet Sfax - EU Delegation's Photographers' residence in Sfax, Tunisia.

Personal work:  Sfax bus stops

Le Projet Sfax - EU Delegation's Photographers' residence in Sfax, Tunisia.

Thru my photography I am trying to observe and understand the human built environments in relation to their erectors and inhabitants. Life span of buildings outlasts that of their creators. They remain standing even if the very reason of their existence or the original function has disappeared. Buildings carry their past with them, I want to photograph their memories.

Untitled from the series Sfax bus stops, 2013, 40 x 60cm

As we visited the Sfax Medina on the first day of the workshop my immediate thought was how different the atmosphere inside the old city walls is to what I saw thru the bus window when first transiting from the airport to the city center. I decided to take another look outside the Medina walls. I wanted to find a theme that is exclusive to Sfax but at the same time universal.

A bus stop as a subject is universal. What makes the photographs unique is the diversity in the design of the bus stops as well as the people and the landscapes portrayed. Sfax might be famous for the historical Medina but the city’s economy is heavily based on industry and agriculture. My main interest as a photographer of the urban environments is how cities and their inhabitants function in daily life, and how this reflects to the built environment. Photographing the bus stops gave me an opportunity to explore this.

Untitled from the series Sfax bus stops, 2013, 40 x 60cm
 

Untitled from the series Sfax bus stops, 2013, 40 x 60cm
 

Untitled from the series Sfax bus stops, 2013, 40 x 60cm
 

Untitled from the series Sfax bus stops, 2013, 40 x 60cm
 

Untitled from the series Sfax bus stops, 2013, 40 x 60cm
 

Untitled from the series Sfax bus stops, 2013, 40 x 60cm
 

Untitled from the series Sfax bus stops, 2013, 40 x 60cm
 

Untitled from the series Sfax bus stops, 2013, 40 x 60cm