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Maciej Dakowicz May 23, 2008

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Yemen.
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Aden, Yemen. 2007

Maciej Dakowicz was born in Poland in 1976. He has been living in Cardiff, Wales since the end of 2004. He previously lived in Hong Kong while working at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University shortly after graduating from university in Poland with a Master degree in Computer Science. He is a member of the Wide Angle photo agency and a frequent contributor to Need magazine. Maciej has worked with various international NGOs and organizations and his photos have been published by numerous international magazines. He is planning to become a “full-time photographer” by the end of this year, after completing his PhD, which he started before getting into photography.

About the Photograph:

“The image with the head sticking out of the sand was taken on a beach in Aden, which is the largest port in Yemen. One of the things people do there, besides women swiming in full clothing, is that men like to be buried in the sand completely, I stayed a couple of minutes with one of them, a crowd gathered around and that’s when I got my photo. Yemeni men enjoy being photographed.”

“I went to Yemen in December 2007 for three weeks and hoped to get an assignemnt, but no luck, so I was just a traveler. Yemen is a wonderful country, definitely one of the friendliest and most interesting places I have been. There are very few tourists and people are concerned about their safety, but I felt very safe. The people are very friendly and welcoming. I felt like their guest.”