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Train of thoughts

Algeria-April 2013.Stranger! here we are again, a new voyage into same infinite path.
Train of thoughts, Abdo Shanan
[I] believe there are two worlds, one physical we live in, the other is subjected to what we might feel or think; a realm somewhere between reality of the physical and fiction of the thoughts.
In a life where travel is persistent, home feelings or belonging could be absent; will sentiments accompanying travel persist? Will wonderful views preserve their glow, or joyful chats keep their promises? An endless train voyage, as it is a journey inside a mind laden with questions and doubts; where reality is not only physical but also fictional.

Algeria-August 2013.For few moments I wanted to reach out and speak to you, but then I had a thought “what if this city was my hometown?”
Algeria-February 2013.Run, run my train, may be you will bring this sight to life.
Algeria-November 2012.Seat after seat after seat ,occupied with solitude.
Algeria-November 2012.stranger, my stranger, our train has brought us together, my thoughts separate us
Algeria-October 2012.An address, a building and a house can make your home. my home? is a reflection on a glass.
Algeria-December 2012.Look at me my stranger, look at me and tell me it will be alright tell me I will be there.
Algeria-February 2012.Here comes the end of your trip stranger; do not worry I will be here with the seats for your next journey.
Algeria-April 2013.To be continued…

Q&A with Abdo Shanan

Photography is…
For me photography is not only a reflection of reality as it is , but also the reality as we feel it. In more personal perspective photography is a medium where I reflect on world around me as well as on myself; trying to express my own views on matters in my environment.

Photography and writing…
Because most of my work is intimately personal, writing is an essential part of my work, a fact I have discovered with my series “train of Thoughts”. I believe writing can give photography a whole deferent dimension it gives verbal strength to the visual strength a photograph already have.

Who left the biggest impression on you?
It is not the who that leaves an impression on me it is what the who does.

Tell us a little about yourself
A Sudanese Algerian photographer based in Oran-Algeria, I have a degree in telecomm engineering. A dreams addict and classical music fanatic. Who really I am is something can be found in my work.

AbdShaAbdo Shanan (official website) Born in 1982 in Oran – Algeria for Sudanese father and Algerian mother. Until 2006, he studied Telecommunications Engineering at the University of Sirte, Libya. In 2012, he completed an internship in the Magnum Photos agency, giving him the opportunity to reflect on his photographic approach and make his first story for the Rukh magazine.

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