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Concert, Tunis, Tunisia, 2008

Concert, Tunis, Tunisia, 2008

While we were visiting Tunisia, the country celebrated New Era Day, a commemoration of President Ben Aliís coup of November 7, 1987. Ali is still in power twenty-one years later. Here his blurred image waves from dozens of flags, carried by school children singing a national song in concert on the steps of Tunisí Theatre Municipal. I made this image by ambient light at night, using a full second to express the joyful emotions of the singing children.

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Phil Douglis06-Apr-2009 18:20
Thanks, Rusty, for seeing the poetry here -- the image is a flow of motion, yet we not only see the president's face at center, but the faces of two of the celebrants along the bottom of the image as well.
russellt06-Apr-2009 12:52
very poetic. rich deep colors, with the president's image just peeking thru in a couple of places.
Phil Douglis05-Jan-2009 18:57
Glad you like this one, Mo -- it certainly caught the essence of the holiday celebration.
monique jansen05-Jan-2009 13:45
One of my favorites of your Tunisia gallery
Tim May30-Nov-2008 23:24
I understand why this image is in this gallery, but I am also seeing it in light of the political iconography. Here the image of the president is blurred - giving us a view that perhaps some of the Tunisians also feel.
Phil Douglis29-Nov-2008 19:58
Thanks for listening to this image, Carol. I can still hear the music.
Carol E Sandgren29-Nov-2008 05:47
The blur plus the warm colors here really do express the excitement and joy. One can almost hear the revelry!
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