Published in The Citizen Newspaper – July 24th, 2013 in my weekly column Blography of Sudan
If you are a human being walking the streets of Khartoum; you are well qualified to make it to this blog. HumansOfKhartoum.tumblr.com is a documentation of Humans of Khartoum project by The Sudanese photographer Qusai Akoud. Qusai describes his project as “a small tribute to the people of Khartoum, Sudan, one street portrait at a time”. The beauty of this blog is not only a result of the good photography techniques but mostly from the subjects of the photos. Scrolling down this blog is a walk around the tripartite metropolis, we see sellers in their shops, farmers at work and soldiers in uniforms, children playing football and children working in the market, milkmen making their morning rounds, they are seen in Al Amarat, in Bahri, In Soug Al-Oushara.
Though this blog might be one of the most honest documentations of the city of Khartoum; the documentation can be considered incomplete since it lacks captions or the locations where the photos were taken. However that point is well taken care of on the blog’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/HumansOfKhartoum . On this page every photo comes with at least its location, a conversation or if we are lucky a full story! Here we see a documentation of Qusai’s process as well, the questions he asks the people he photographs and the stories of how he approaches them. He asks them about the happiest moments of their lives, what they like about Khartoum or just lets them speak their minds.
The page which was founded less than three months ago has over 8000 fans already adding a new element to the experience of enjoying the photos; enjoying the conversations. From technical comments on the photos to people saying they recognized the street or the person in the photo and sharing memories and opinions about them, the Facebook page of the Humans of Khartoum is a piece of the city in action.
Though the project is totally inspired by the Humans of New York project, the people of Khartoum made it as special as they are. With high-level photography skills it shows and as one of the few Sudanese photo-blogs carrying on a defined project, this is definitely a must-see in the Blogrophy of Sudan. Check it out, but for now enjoy a glimpse of the Humans of Khartoum.