I met Mohamed inside the Temple of Kom Ombo right on the banks of the Nile, and his eyes were just captivating. He was one of the many locals that offered their services as a guide inside the temples in the return for baksheesh, photos cost extra but after chatting with him I felt he needed the money more then I did and I had to record his extraordinary eyes. Throughout my visit I didn’t see another blue eyed Egyptian so I felt lucky to have met Mohamed by chance, and shared some time with him.

The Temple of Kom Ombo is actually two temples consisting of a Temple to Sobek and a Temple of Haroeris, so everything in mirrored for each of the Gods.

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  • Sleek Images
    Sleek Imagesalmost 7 years ago

    OK… Now that’s non-cliche – just as I requested… Nice capture Craig…

  • Thanks John, I’m not sure how many non-cliche I managed, but I did have you in mind when I picked this as my first upload. Certainly the people shots I got, which wasn’t nearly enough are some of my preferred images so far.

    – Craig Goldsmith

  • poppy
    poppyalmost 7 years ago

    Incredible eyes & a really nice portrait of an Egyptian!!!

  • Leeo
    Leeoalmost 7 years ago

    Wonderful portrait Craig. Those eyes certainly are captivating!

  • Hans Kawitzki
    Hans Kawitzkialmost 7 years ago

    love the eye contact and what amazing eyes

  • Basia McAuley
    Basia McAuleyalmost 7 years ago

    Brilliant photography and portrait work. I love the way you have captured the relationship between you and him and his amazing blue eyes make this so much more special. Very well done.

  • joolz
    joolzalmost 7 years ago

    Wow Craig, those eyes really are amazing. He has such a gentle look about him.

  • JacquelineGwynne
    JacquelineGwynnealmost 7 years ago

    Are those eyes for real, or have you photoshopped them??

  • Jacqueline, I thought he had contact lenses, I so couldn’t believe the vibrant blue of his eyes, but he gave me a very close up look, opening his lids with his fingers and I couldn’t see anything but eyeball.They really were mesmerising, I’ve seen a lily white redhead with similar bright blue eyes, but never such a contrast with Mohamed’s darker skin and great mustache.

    – Craig Goldsmith

  • JacquelineGwynne
    JacquelineGwynnealmost 7 years ago

    Wow, that’s amazing! It’s a great portrait!

  • salwa
    salwaalmost 7 years ago

    best portrait I’ve ever seen

  • salwa
    salwaalmost 7 years ago

    Did you know if anyone in his family has the same coloured eyes? I’m curious about the genetics.

  • Salwa I did try to ask if his family had similar eyes, but the language barrier didn’t help me get my point across, my Arabic aint great past 12 or so words and his English didn’t extend much further when what he knew to point out at the temple. I’d have loved to have known too.

    – Craig Goldsmith

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