Spotlight on Libya

Imagine visiting a place that borders the Mediterranean and walking through ancient Roman cities.  Italy?  Think again.  Picture yourself wandering among 12,000 year old rock sculptures as the wind continuously reshapes the desert and then stumbling upon a secret oasis.  Where would you be?  Libya.  Despite  the country’s natural beauty and the capital Tripoli’s claim to be the “White Bride of the Mediterranean” and one of North Africa’s prettiest cities, it’s not somewhere most people add to their travel itineraries.  Politics and religion play a huge part.

Africa’s fourth largest country, and more than 95% Sunni Muslim, Libya survived countless battles and a devastating Italian rule before gaining independence in 1951.  Colonel Muammar Gaddafi arrived in 1969, and has been in power ever since.  That’s the Reader’s Digest version anyway.  Libya is one of several North African countries since the fall of Tunisia’s President Zine El Abidine in January and Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak last week to begin pro-democracy demonstrations.   The main focus of demonstrations thus far has been in Gaddafi’s home of Benghazi.   One report I found stated that 84 people have already died in the protests.  Hundreds more have been injured.

Yesterday, on our photo walk in Seattle we happened to pass a peaceful demonstration, where I snapped this picture.  This particular flag is not actually the official flag of Libya, which is a solid green.  The flag wrapped around the young man above is the original one to be flown after gaining independence, but replaced by Gaddafi in 1977.

Since my blog is for photography, it’s a lesser known fact to most of my readers that I’m interested in all things Africa.   Although I may not write about it frequently, I do think about it often and will definitely keep following the news on these events.

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Comments

17 comments on “Spotlight on Libya”
  1. Excellent shot, very thought-provoking and well composed!

  2. I keep coming back to look at this photo. It’s got the feel of a photograph one would see in National Geographic.

    I came across this piece on Libya, in a blog I sometimes read:

    http://shamozal.blogspot.com/2011/02/libya.html

    1. That was a great read, Lisa. Thank you so much for sharing.

  3. Emily Gooch says:

    Love this photo. It speaks a lot for what is going on in Libya. It is very interesting to see our different perspectives from the same scene.

    1. Thanks, Emily! It ws so much fun to do. And, I actually learned a few more facts after this about Libya I didn’t know before!

  4. Hi Jolene, thanks for the bit of history to go with your great image. It is so sad, and scary what is going on right now. -Kim

    1. Things appeared to be even worse tonight when I turned on the news. We’re certainly fortunate to live where we do.

  5. Very interesting photo! Thanks for putting it in context.

    1. Thanks, Lisa. Actually, I was somewhat inspired by your blog, because you always give some history or provide some facts about what you’re posting. It felt it would be appropriate to do here.

  6. I didn’t see this little one, love how we all do “see” different subjects at the same place! I am working on putting my images up on my Flickr account, should be ready to go in a few days (it’s been a crazy cleaning day here). 🙂

    1. You spent your time of cleaning, David? That’s not nearly as fun as photo editing.

  7. Very nicely composed photo Jolene. If you didn’t mention where you were, who would have known. I like your writing too.

    1. Thank you! I like being able to do a bit of writing about my subject. And this happens to be relevant for today.

  8. Mike says:

    I like that shot. This is one of the fun things for me about the photo walk – seeing how we had different perspectives on the same scene.

    Situation in Libya seems to be going from bad to worse – I hope the people can win their freedom.

    1. I do like that we found different subject matter although we were in the same place. Interesting what the eye moves toward.

      Yes – 42 years in power is enough. It’s hard to imagine when we get the right to vote every four years for a new president.

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