STILLPOINT Archive: last updated 04/01/2009
Seeing With New Eyes
Sarah Durfey ’09
This photo was taken in Garbage City, a section of Cairo, Egypt, where all the garbage is organically recycled, as I observed on my semester abroad with the Middle East Studies Program. People make a living by sorting through trash and creating new things. I took this picture while standing on the roof of a center for women who make rugs, paper, soaps and sewn items from recycled trash. This building shows the brightness of life in Cairo; even in the midst of great poverty, color explodes from unexpected corners. These women watch me--wondering why a strange foreigner is taking their picture; but perhaps they do know why.
Sarah is the 2008 winner of the Global Education Photo Contest “Seeing with New Eyes.”