Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Kodak Agfa Presents : Spring Flowers Fair 2018 “Elections , Selfies and flowers”

And I am avoiding all that useless debate about Syria currently because I am too angry of that hypocrisy in this world so I will stick to photography and spring.
It is that time of the year where Kodak Agfa studio proudly presents Egypt’s Spring Flowers Fair 2018
I went to my favorite Spring Flowers Fair 2018 to enjoy a good spring weather with a breeze of beautiful flowers’ smell. I went at the beginning of the Fair which was inaugurated on the 10th March.
A pink rose at Egypt's Spring Flowers Fair 2018
A beautiful pink rose at the Spring Flowers Fair 2018
I used to go on working days in the past but this year I went on Saturday during the weekend for most Egyptians in Cairo.

Initially, I did not intend to go to the fair on that day. I planned to visit Aisha Fahmy palace in Zamalek to see the Special Fabric exhibit that will end this month. There, I was told by security that I could not use my professional camera inside except after taking a permit from the ministry of culture’s department of something. I can only use my mobile phone camera.
Determinant to use my professional camera on that day, I headed to Orman botanical to spend a couple of hours at the Spring Flowers Fair 2018.
Purple daisies at Egypt's Spring Flowers Fair 2018
Beautiful purple daisies at the fair 
The ministry of agriculture understood that it can get extra revenue with extra fees and I can’t blame them.
The Spring Flowers Fair 2018 was fully packed that Saturday afternoon to the level that you could not park your car inside Orman botanical part because the parking area inside it was full.

The visitors of Egypt's Spring Flowers Fair
Visitors visiting the fair 
Families from all social backgrounds, university students, Egyptians and foreigners were all there whether to buy nice plants and flowers or enjoy a good spring view or for the sake of selfies.
A family visiting Egypt's Spring Flowers Fair 2018
A family visiting the fair 
Beside the huge crowd, the fair echoed the March of Presidential elections.
There were banners hanged calling the people to vote in the Presidential elections.

Elections and flowers at Egypt's Flowers Fair 2018
For the sake of stability, participate in the elections
There were also banners supporting Abdel Fattah El-Sisi in the Presidential elections.
Elections campaigning at Egypt's Spring Flowers Show 2018
Sisi's photos were there too 
I believe that this is the first time Spring Flowers Fair was used in its long history as a campaign tool.
Here is a Sisi grass portrait that was placed in the Middle of that fair.
President SIsi at Egypt's Spring Flowers Fair 2018
I saw last year that portrait but in a different location
I think Mohamed Salah or Mo Salah’s Jesus grass portrait is better than Sisi’s grass portrait.
Liverpool Jesus aka Mo Salah at Egypt's Spring Flowers Fair 2018
Mo Salah, Liverpool's Jesus
Aside from elections, this year more people were taking Selfies and photograph to remember their visit to the fair.
Whether a mother taking a photo of her cute little girl in front of some garden décor by a landscaping company in the fair.
Smile to Mobile phone camera at Egypt's Spring Flowers Fair
Smile at the mobile's camera dearie 
Or a student taking a selfie alone in front of some sort of illusion fountain at the fair.
A selfie with an illusion at Egypt's Spring Flowers Fair 2018
A quick selfie by the fountain 
Or a mother who was trying to take a selfie with her uninterested kids.
A mother Selfie at Egypt's Spring Flowers Fair 2018
Stand still for a Selfie with mom 
Or a man taking a photo of his family in front of a fountain using his mobile phone.
An Egyptian family at Egypt's Spring Flowers Fair 2018
See Cheese 
Or a student taking a selfie while her friend under a flowery love arc.
A selfie with flowers and friends at Egypt's Spring Flowers Fair 2018
Take my photo, please  !!!
The fair is bigger than last year’s fair.
The big landscaping companies and flower nurseries kept their locations and the year before like, for instance, My Garden landscaping company.
Its partition attracted everybody.
It had the same colorful cacti which I photographed once again.
Colored Cacti at Egypt's Spring Flowers Fair 2018
The same photo of every year
As well bonsai trees which are sold a for ridiculous price.
Bonsai trees at Egypt's Spring Flowers Fair 2018
Another same photo of every year 
Exotic bonsai at Egypt's Spring Flowers Fair 2018
I have seen them before in the same place. 
There were new stuff there like this flower which I do not know its name.
Beautiful flowers at Egypt's Spring Flowers Fair 2018
What is its name? 
And that potted flower as well
Another beautiful flower at Egypt's Flowers Fair 2018
I want to know the name of this beautiful flower as well. 
The company’s rock-in-the-air-illusion fountain attracted people from all ages to take selfies and photos in front of it as you could tell from previous photos.
A rainbow made of an illusion at Egypt's Spring Flowers Fair 2018
Click on the photo to see the rainbow 
Another landscaping and nursery company “I think the Egyptian German company” attracted also visitors to its partitions thanks to their beautiful flowery arcs.
Under the arcs of flowers at Egypt's Spring Flowers Fair 2018
People loved those arcs 

Those arcs were there in that company’s partition last year.
Under the arcs of flowers in Egypt's Flowers Fair 2018
The arc looks great to the level I regret not taking a photo for myself in it 

This year that company presented as well new flowery arcs on the shape of a heart and they were very cute.
Elections campaigning and flowery arcs at Egypt's Spring Flowers Fair 2018
Flowery heart-shaped arcs 

Interestingly I noticed that the ministry of education had a big partition sharing the products of the technical agricultural secondary education sector as well the educational directorates.
Ministry of education's partition at Egypt's Spring Flowers Fair
The ministry of education is there

It was really interesting to see that.
It was even more interesting to see strange stuff at the partition of the education ministry like for instance a pot of chocolate peppermint.
Mints at Egypt's Spring Flowers Fair 2018
Chocolate mint and Syrian mint 
Reading the peppermint’s entry in Wikipedia I found out that there is something called Chocolate mint for real.
The ministry also offered vegetables in pots for visitors who want to grow them at their houses to save money
Vegetables at Egypt's Spring Flowers Fair 2018
House vegetables 

I saw also Orman botanical garden’s partition offers for visitors its products from plants.

The Orman botanical garden partition at Egypt's Spring Fair 2018
Orman park's own partition 
It was also the first time for me to see a partition in the fair for an NGO called “Youth Love Egypt” showing the handmade products from the south.
Youth Love Egypt's partition at the Spring Flowers Fair 2018
Youth Love Egypt's partition 

Handmade products like bags and shawls from areas like Hala’ib triangle and Siwa oasis are sold in that partition.
The partition was packed.
The unsung heroes in the fair for real are the gardeners and assistants who are trying to help people as well the owners of the partitions.
Sellers and buyers at Egypt's Spring Flowers Fair 2018
Customers speaking with gardeners and workers at one of the partitions
I do not think they get proper rest but this old gardener managed to get a nap in the shade.
Taking a quick nap at Egypt's Spring Flowers Fair 2018
I went to ask him something but I found him taking a nap on that hot afternoon in the shade

I do not know if I will go again or not but here are some of my favorite shots of the fair this year.
Beautiful flowers at Egypt's Spring Flowers Fair
This is what Spring means 

A flowery path at Egypt's Spring Flowers Fair 2018
Flowery road 

I want to go again to buy some nice flowers and that Chocolate mint pot also to take a couple of photos sans elections ads.
Here is the rest of the photo gallery on Flickr.
Once again due to the popularity of the fair, it is extended until the beginning of May.

3 comments:

  1. Very beautiful and interesting. First time I see the flower show.
    Egypt is lucky to have all this beautiful flowers in March. In Montreal we have to wait until 15 of May because the risk of freezing. We still have snowy days.

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  2. Great Photos you took Z. I shared them on FB with your link.

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  3. MOST RESPECTFUL ZEINOBIA/ YOU DONE IT AGAIN? YOU BROUGHT SPRINGTIME INTO OUR..HOMES?...You made us remember all the songs connected to ROSES & FLOWERS? with your AGFA COLOR snaps of GORGEOUS PLANTS+BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE TOO....songs such as ''ED DONYA RABII3' WAL GAWI BADII3'/AL WARDI GAMEEL/YA BID3' AL WARD YA GAMALOH/..YOU PROVED TO ALL THE WORLD ONCE AGAIN & REMINDED US ALL that if the whole WORLD was a vast desert EGYPT IS THE GREEN/COLORFUL OASIS IN IT!!...EXCELLENT PHOTOS....and if the saying ''A BLIND PERSON SEES THINGS THROUGH HIS SOUL?'' is true THAN 'SEEING'' those snaps also does BRING SWEET ODOR/FRAGRANCES TO US..as well?? /IF you allow me to say this? I humbly Imagined you in a RED DRESS while taking those wonderful snaps AND PEOPLE VISITING THE FAIR..CONFUSED YOU AMONG THE ALL OTHER RED ROSES & FLOWERS...As you blended with them, convincingly!!?...From EGYPT to ENGLAND VIA those photos you colored our environment without exaggeration...and NICE ATMOSPHERE/SMELL looms in the London's air/ and a whisper in the ear sounds :''MASSRI, YA (AGMAL) ZAHRATAN FI KHAYA-LI +or...LINA?! From:Is-hak SAHAG Barsoumian/London..Friday 20 April(Abril)2018.....IN FACT, THE SPRING IS BACK/''ADDI AL RABII3' 3'AAD MEN TANI'' WITH DEAR ZEINOBIAS...CLICKS?!!

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