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Kabul Korrespondence

Fresh, factual, and funky view of Afghanistan and the surrounding Central Asian region

B.I.T. (Back in Town [Kabul])

Sunday, May 27, 2007

LIVE FROM KABUL:
We are one week into Stage 2 to of the Aina Photojournalism Project. It has been a week of having meetings, writing drafts, more meetings and finishing drafts. (Fun!)

The Aina President, Reza, is having a meeting with the first to graduate Aina photojournalism students, who are now all working as professionals.

Fardin, my brother in the photo department, works late at night to get images ready for a morning deadline.

Reza and I work side by side to get the Aina photographers’ portfolio ready for submission to Europe.

After working late into the night, head of the Video Department, Massoud and head of the Photo Department, myself, have a chai and a laugh.

However, no matter how much work there has been, there is always time to have a race between the two in house turtles, Omar and Osama.

A good friend of mine (name withheld) has "scored" a job at the ISAF bar. (International Security Assistant Force [NATO]) As it is located on the base, I went down to see how G.I.s spend their spare time. Not much to report !

Here is a shot of myself having a boogie to the Graphic Design department’s booming Bollywood music.

I went to the international supermarket and found a very powerful tea. It has been rumored that the Taliban carry it as a back up in case they run out of ammo.

In conclusion, it has been fantastic to catch up with all the Afghans and the result of a week’s work is that we now have an 18 point plan. This will take Aina Photo (and its photographers) to the world stage as a professional photo agency and a training centre for Afghans.

Inshallah

See you next week.
T
My new number: +93 700286215
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Summer time in Kabul

Friday, May 18, 2007

Hello All

I know it’s been a long time between posts. After the success of the exhibition on the 30th of March, I have been super busy here in Melbourne organising stage 2 of the Afghan Aina project.

I am proud to announce that I again have secured sponsorship from Crumpler, Canon, Kayell and Lexar for more equipment for the school. And I’m also happy to announce that the Lonely Planet Foundation has made a very generous donation to our project.

So with all this great news under my hat, Im back in Kabul to continue working for the next 4 months. Not only will I continue teaching the Afghans photojournalism, but also I will facilitate the new volunteer teachers flying in from Holland, England and the U.S.

Stage 2 will be bigger, better and more grandiose than what we did previously. So stay tunned for more weekly posts, send in feedback and forward the blog onto anyone you think might enjoy a piece of weekly Afghanistan.

Cheers

Travis
Head of the Photo Dept at the Aina Media Centre

And NO its not me in the photo, its one of my students!
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