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Kabul Korrespondence

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

Jalalabad Day 1

Saturday, February 17, 2007

I promised the students I would take them on a field trip. They nagged and nagged me until finally we found the time last week. (Thanks to Felix Features for the funding) With only had 12 people in the van this time and we headed off at the crack of dawn. We stopped off at a look out on the Kabul-Jalalabad Road compltete with tank!!

We were in Jalalabad by mid morning, droped off our belongings at the hotel and headed for the streets. Jalalabad is located near the Pakistan border and therefore is a very conservative Islamic city. When 10 photographers part the crowds in the bazaar, snapping anything that moves, they certainly make an impression.

....So, after a group huddle, we decided we could be more inconspicuos if we split up into smaller groups. Our plan worked and we were amazed at how far people continued to follow us. The students relaxed and blended in better with the crowd and the subjects acted more naturally.

I think this is the first ever recorded image of Afghan paparazzi in action.......
We also got a group photo infront of one of the imfamous ISAF billboards. After our hard day on the assignment, we returned to our hotel to fill our hungry bellies.

Now that the students were in the 'zone', they had many technical questions to ask. Late into the night I helped them download and edit their images and taught them related camera methods that they could apply in the field the next day. One of the most enjoyable aspects of the trip, for me, was the fact that rather than wanting to fool around or watch TV, they were eager to learn as much as they could in this short time they had.

posted by Travis, 10:40 pm


well done trav, you're a little bloody champion. Awesome pictures and what an awesome journey you've been on. Proud of you dude. I hope to see you again soon, cheers Byron.
commented by Blogger byron, 4:00 pm  
shake it before you check it :P

well done travis really appreciated you done good job, as i think AFG need some one like you to help afghan student, it was really helpful

keep it up
commented by Blogger Shahram, 8:10 pm  
commented by Blogger Fangyaya, 2:06 pm  

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