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Guest Feature - Lucie Debelkova

Arabian Light: Photography in the Middle East


It’s rather difficult to trace my initial interest in the Middle East. If I were asked to try really hard to identify where it began, it must have been with my fascination for history. I always wondered what went wrong in Europe: we had such amazing thinkers and artists during the Roman and Greek periods then Christianity arrived, we forgot much of what we had learnt and entered the Dark Ages. The Arabs on the other hand thrived during this period, in business, art, science, and so on. I think the amazing culture and architecture developed in the Middle East during this period must have stimulated the first interest in the region. 
 

This interest enticed me to Egypt on one of my first solo trips, still a teenage girl, to spend a whole month exploring the country. Who wouldn’t be fascinated by the ancient Pyramids, Sphinx or the Valley of the Kings? I wanted to see it all first-hand and decided embark on this adventure, despite the fact there had just been a terrorist attack on a tourist bus in Luxor. My theory was that if something like this happens once, then it isn’t likely to happen again so soon after, as all the tourists had left the region. Indeed I was right: I had the whole Valley of the Kings to myself as at the time everyone else was too terrified to visit this ancient land. 

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