Roger Anis

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Relationships in Captivity

“I like to go to the zoo Come on you can all come too Watch the Lions roaring, Watch the monkeys soaring, Watch the hippo snoring, Only at the wonderful zoo” Children in Egypt and all over the world are inspired and moved by such songs to dream about going to the zoo. Songs that shaped and affected how kids imagined what animals look like, especially those who never got to visit the zoo as children, who had to wait for this dream to be fulfilled later; and while many people would describe it as the song says: a “wonderful zoo”, others would not. Yet today we want you to look at the zookeepers instead. Have you ever wondered how the zoo is prepared to host its visitors? How does the zoo personnel interact with the animals? What does it take to receive that many visitors everyday? Do you ever think about that unique relationship between zookeepers and the animals? How does it feel to undertake such responsibility? We often witness nothing but the surface of this relationship: a zookeeper who plays an intermediary role between visitors and animals, yet many details remain unseen: secrets, tales, and emotions connecting the animals with the personnel in their service: The Caretakers. We hear stories and news about the zoo from the outsiders’ point of view, much of what we hear reveals many shortcomings and concerns. The Giza Zoo, once famed for being the first and biggest Zoo in Africa, is no longer at its best condition for many reasons.

‘Shaabi’ Beaches

‘Shaabi’ Beaches The word ‘Shaabi’ in Arabic cannot be translated into one word in English. It is a reference to social class, standards, popularity, behavior, culture, and traditional communities. While economic strain hits many in the country financially, Egyptians always find a way of spending at least one day of summer on the beach. Many travel for hours away from their cities and villages in buses, trains, and all kinds of transportation just to get a feel of the sand on their feet and salty water on their bodies. The project, shot with external light to revive the style of old beach photographers who have always shot with flash, focuses on three public beaches the majority of Egyptians visit like, Ras El Bar, Gamasa, and Baltim on the Mediterranean coast. In Egypt, the beach is a reference to people’s backgrounds and social classes. Traditions, music blasted, swimwear, and food are different on public beaches than private ones. This photo essay unveils a layer in Egyptian society through portraiture of families & People on these beaches.

A Blessed Marriage

A Blessed Marriage is a personal project about me & my partner, in 2015 when we were still in a relationship before we get married.about our fears, dreams and hopes in being together, Marriage in Egypt is very challenging & complicated process from many different sides: traditionally, religiously and economically, there is always challenges waiting for any couple in Egypt.Me & Karoline tried to express about some of these challenges and fears which is not only related to us but can relate to any couple in Egypt.

A Closet Full of Dreams

In Closets Full of Dreams I’m Opening many girls closets, showing girls dreams and fears and their own stories in a society where women is facing danger, sexual Harassment​ and oppression in the street every day. It is a true story about almost every Egyptian girl or women I know that you will always find something in her closet that she never wear or wear it once and never did again because what she faced in the street or even among her own family and friends. ​ For me the closets is a symbol for our mind if I can wear everything I can think about everything, if I cannot wear everything I cannot think and speak about everything It’s the simple and initial rules of being free, it is the freedom to wear what you want. If you find a society where people cannot wear what they want I believe that they also cannot talk and think about all what they want or do not want. ​ The idea came to me after so many stories and complaints that i hear from a lot of close female friends about their dreams in wearing dresses and their sadness in storing their nice clothes and not wearing it because of the fear of the street and society.

Their Feast in the Cemeteries " on going "

On the western bank of the Mallawi district of Minya governorate there are the cemeteries of Al Barsha, the destination of every Muslim feast for hundreds of families who visit their dead relatives and celebrate their companionship.Al Barsha is not the…

Revolution Up, Tourism Down

“Tourism may get sick, but it will never die,” a temple guard in Luxor told me, holding on to some hope for the future. Ever since the 2011 revolution, the number of people visiting Egypt has been on the decline—a serious situation in a country where almost a third of the population depends on tourism as a source of income.

A Revolution Devours it's Children

Portraits for Detainees Families & Revolutionary figures, were done during an assignment for The Atlantic & Elmundo in the 5th anniversary of the 25th of Jan 2011 Uprising

On Silent Mood

Nick Vejle is a 24-year-old harbor worker . Two of Nick Vejle’s colleagues had been trying to unload the poisoned fish in the harbor when they lost consciousness because of the fumes. Nick fainted during the rescue attempt, and then found himself on the loading bay until rescue workers reached the spot. Nick was thereby exposed to intoxication and a low oxygen level, which affected his brain, specifically his phonetics and his speech. Nick can't talk again after the accident and lost all his language and to get it back he needs a long therapy and to start learning from scratch. Nick is a father of 2-year-old William and he is reliant on his fiance, Tanja, who is supporting him during his therapy while he tries to get his normal life back. Nick is a very strong person who is fighting with all his strength to get his voice and normal movement back and get back to his family, who surround him with all the love he needs.

I Dream

Children at risk spend a big part of their lives on the streets. As they do not have family or friends to turn to for support, Although their words are simple, it does summarize their dreams and has deep significance worth contemplating.

Once Green..Never Again

A country that once built the pyramids one of the greatest architecture figures in the history is helping it to die and disappear with all the hideous building that keep surrounding it not only in Cairo but in all Egypt. A country that invented a unique ways for agriculutre and built it’s civilization from agriculutre is helping it to disappear by destroying the agriculutre land and building on it. you can see this not only in Cairo but all over Egypt.Cairo is only a small example of what you can see in most of the places in Egypt. The fear of losing the agriculture land after the Ethiopian dam which is about to be finished soon , that proves it will affect the amount of water coming from the Nile to Egypt by 20 % in the best cases. This is not the only reason for losing the agriculture land, yet there is another reason which is the Egyptian themselves. by destroying and building on the agriculture land which is known by random urban expansion The total area of ​​agricultural land in Egypt may disappear after about 60 years, if the random urban expansion continues at its current high rates. The most recent studies conducted using satellite have shown changes in the area of ​​agricultural land in some governorates, where the area of ​​agricultural land in Kafr El-Sheikh, for example, decreased by 20% during the past two decades An official report revealed the total cases of encroachment on agricultural land during the period from January 25 2011 until 2015, which was estimated in the report in 194 thousand cases on an area of ​​8618 acres. Every time I see the amount of red bricks and concrete which is surrounding most of Cairo, I feel so furious , sad and speechless. a country with all this history is destroyed that easy. it’s not only the architecture but the agriculture land we lose as well exchanging it with hideous building with red bricks without any strategy or plan.