A Timely Interview With The App Whisperer

Ibrahim and the Shipwreck in Nabq, South Sinai

I arrived in Dahab, South Sinai last night to find that an interview had been published about my street photography, with a large emphasis on Egypt and the Middle East.

You can read the article on The App Whisperer website, which is one of the leading providers of all mobile app news. It specialises in mobile photography and mobile art, particularly iPhoneography.

My good friend Cara Gellardo Weil contacted me about it a few weeks ago, and I was so happy to be given the opportunity to be featured. I've read many interviews with photographers I admire from afar, so it's a real honour to be included.

But more than that, the timing couldn't have been more perfect. Syria (where my late mother was born and raised) and Egypt (where I have been based for almost three years) are going through extremely turbulent times, so anything I can do to highlight the beauty of these countries and their people means a lot to me.

I've enjoyed my photographic journey of South Sinai. While I'm back here I intend to carry on documenting the amazing people and breathtaking scenery I come across on a daily basis. Please subscribe to my blog (top right of this page) to get email updates as soon as I add new content, and keep Egypt and Syria in your prayers. I hope a few of you decide to visit Dahab soon.

To buy a book of my late mother Hayfa's delicious Syrian recipes put together by my sister Jenny Sowerby, please visit the Taste of Freedom website. All proceeds go to the British Red Cross Syria Crisis Appeal.

If you're like to find out more about how you can help a Bedouin kindergarten school here in Dahab that's very close to my heart, please apply to join the Facebook group.


Returning to South Sinai

Montage of Bedouin portraits

As I write this, I'm preparing to return to Dahab. I'll be flying in just a few hours' time, and this is the first time I've experienced bittersweet feelings about my trip.

Dahab has been my second home for almost three years now, and I've met some of the most inspirational people I could have imagined there. South Sinai also sparked my passion for photography and iPhoneography, largely due to the breathtaking scenery, and because those I meet are so open to having their picture taken. In fact most of them embrace it.

Despite the current uprising across Egypt, Dahab remains very much "business as usual", so I have no fears about my safety or what to expect when I get back. But what I do worry about is how the current political situation has affected my friends and their businesses over there.

If anyone reading this entry is thinking about taking a trip to the Red Sea area, Foreign Office advice is that you'd be safe to do so. If you need any help or advice just let me know as I'd love to explain the many reasons why now would be an interesting time to join us.