So one of the most frequent questions that I am getting now is, “What are you doing in Egypt?” It’s actually quite a simple answer. I, Drew Cornick have been on the front lines of many social uprisings and protests in the United States revolving around social issues and injustice. Wanting to Broaden my horizons a bit, and get a little wind under my wings, I thought, what a better way to do that than to cover the Revolution here in Egypt. This is entire adventure is a way for me to not only see the world in a different light, but also to help expose and drive home information to people who would not necessarily seek out these question.
“But don’t you feel scared or unsafe?” The truth of the matter is, I feel safer here in Cairo than I do in Los Angeles. Since I have been here, I have been able to surround myself with a very enlightened group of people who are not only very well educated, are also very passionate about the world, and especially the Revolution here in Egypt. These people have welcomed me into their homes and lives, and taught me so much about what truly is going on here in Cairo.
I have only been hassled one time, by only one guy in his early 20′s on the night Mubarak resigned. Strangely enough he was a protest supporter but, apparently he had a bit of nationalist sentiment. However, when he had confronted me, in Arabic, nearly 10 other protesters surrounded him and told him to piss off, and escorted me away saying, “Everything is going to be alright, and Thank you for being here, and welcome to Egypt.” It was truly remarkable, that complete strangers came to my rescue. Apart from that guy, I have been welcomed with open arms and open hearts. One protester was so delighted that I took his photo, he gave me his scarf as a gesture of appreciation. More recently I was given a flower as a token of appreciation for being here to cover and photograph the Revolution.
Quite frequently too I am asked about the subjects and the composition of my photographs. And as I said to the Wrinkled Weasel Blog
“When I pull out my camera to shoot, I try to look for not only visually stunning shots, but shots that are really going to move people. I have started shooting, what I call the “Faces of the Egyptian Revolution,” which is a collection of close up shots of individuals who have partaken in the revolution. However, anything that shows life in a different perspective that the typical life of most people in the metropolitan western world, such as tanks and armed soldiers lining the streets, and impoverished protesters, who have nothing to lose and have been out in Tahrir since the beginning. Ultimately, anything that is going invoke some kind of emotional response to the photo.