Lesson 4: The Nile River - An Overview
Where the White Nile and the Blue Nile Meet. C& speaks to Ala Kheir of the Sudanese Photographers Group, a collective made up of a younger. The confluence of the Blue and White Nile is probably the most famous sight in Khartoum. Unfortunately, most visitors simply drive across the. Dec 16, Where Blue and White Nile meet. Clearly visible are the two different hues of the water.
Untilphotography was the major department in the Faculty of Art and then it was closed and became just a course.
The art scene in general is not very vibrant these days and a lot needs to be done to bring it back as it was before. It is a little complicated to do so in an environment where the government does not want photography to grow.
There is still that fear of photography. With the revolution of the Internet, now many people have access to education. Most of the photographers in Sudan are self-taught. This is also an advantage. My friends and I started teaching photography as an art form and we founded a group called the Sudanese Photographers in It was just a place to meet all the photographers and share ideas.
Inwe decided to focus on photography and education to promote photography in the country. I am not a classically trained educator but I found myself in this situation of having to teach, and teaching means you have to study more also.
We are trying to revive the art photography scene in Sudan and trying to learn, educate ourselves, and transmit to others. Why does this fear of photography still remain in the country from after the coup?
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I think in the beginning of the s, a lot of photojournalists took photos of what was happening in the country. The government reacted against those images that they did not want to be shown in the media. That is how the phobia started. This fear is still here, especially after the Arab Spring, as the regime saw what happened in other countries. When we go on a trip to take photographs, it is very common for us to be arrested and taken to the police station. It is not dangerous, but you lose time, they interrogate you.
Can you name any artists from the golden years in Sudan? He was part of the first generation of artists.
Khartoum, Blue and White Nile, Mogran Family Park, Confluence of Nile
All those are artists that were very successful in the eighties in Sudan. Most of them left Sudan and never returned, but some of them keep coming and going. What kind of activities do you do in your teaching? We teach as a collective. For myself, I try to join as many workshops as I can outside Sudan in order to gain something new and increase my knowledge for my own teaching.
In Sudan, we offer free workshops, about four each year.
And if we get some good funding, we invite some leading seasoned photographers and other experts who are experienced to help us. Other than that, the workshops are usually led by older more experienced photographers who teach younger photographers.
Tuti Island where the Blue Nile and... - Tuti Island
This is a project by the Goethe-Insititut that brings together photography education platforms on the continent as a network where we exchange ideas and teaching methodologies and also learn as trainers. So this can be a means to help each other in providing a better form of art education. The best thing is that we have the Market Photo Workshop as a longstanding, leading model.
I believe their experiences are very useful to us.Ethiopia Source of The Blue Nile and Mother of Egypt.
How do you attract your students? The Internet helped us a lot to promote our group and also to find funding. We also have our own website now. The monsoonal rains in the Ethiopian highlands thus drive seasonal flooding along the length of the Nile from below Khartoum to its outlet in the Mediterranean Sea. From the personal collection of Dr. What do YOU think? You may want to look at the photos throughout this lesson for inspiration!
- LESSON 4 OUTLINE
- Blue Nile Meets White Nile, Umm Durman | Sudan
- Khartoum – Blue Nile meets White Nile
North of Khartoum the river passes through a series of six major cataracts through which it drops from to 90 meters above sea level en route to Aswan Egypta distance of km. This stretch of the Nile traverses the Sahara desert, where it receives no input from rain or tributaries. The major S-shaped bend in the Nile occurs here as well, as the river has carved deep trenches through hard sandstone bedrock in the stretches between the cataracts. The cataracts themselves are not waterfalls but rather long stretches of fairly steep rocky terrain e.
The cataracts reflect the gradual erosion of the Nubian sandstone—a fairly soft and horizontal rock unit that underlies the flat, broad portion of the Nile—and the resulting exposure of the underlying granitic rocks, which are much harder and tend to erode in narrow channels.
The cataracts in southern Egypt.
In this area, the Nile broadens to a width of up to 16 km and flows through a channel it has cut in its own silty deposits. These sediments were laid down annually during flooding—triggered, of course, by the local arrival of influx from the Ethiopian highlands—until the completion of the first Aswan dam around