Once there was a TRAM - PhMuseum

Once there was a TRAM

Fatma Fahmy

2019 - Ongoing

Alexandria, Egypt

Nostalgia is about to retrieve the best chapter of a story which is selected from our Museum of Memory.

That was my story with Alexandria’s old tram.

Hitting an object of affection can touch the memory the same way as falling in love

I traveled to the past with this tram box-like .. This box has suffered the injury of Time and dust accumulated, its old body rickety and the outside world has put its mark on it.

I decided to enter this chest to explore its inner world, I thought it might be a reflection of its outside world.

The stories of people are complementary, and their daily lives are evident in every look, gesture and expression. Light penetrates the tram and falls on people as if it was a lightning of hope in the every day’s darkness. I can feel the rhythm of life and the effect of external pressures on them.

With each one present, I also feel the intensity of their day. With each passenger, being there, entering or getting off the tram, a story comes and another goes. Life is live stream.

As people wonder about their fate and going to their destination, my question remains: "How long will this box endure the outside world changes?"

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  • View of unidentified passengers as they sit in a tram carriage, Alexandria, Egypt, March 29, 2019

  • View of an old tram as it crosses a local market in the main station, Alexandria, Egypt, April 6, 2019. One either side of the road, vendors try and sell various items to pedestrians.

  • A reflection of a resident of the Wardian district on the tram window when the tram was passing by one of the industrial areas surrounding the Wardian area, Alexandria, Egypt, March 30, 2019.

  • Masr station is one of the main stations, it takes about 15 minutes to load the passengers, Alexandria, Egypt, March 30, 2019.

  • View of a group of passengers as they waiting for the tram to departing from Moharam bay station, Alexandria, Egypt, April 2, 2019.

  • View of a group of passengers from different walks of life and with different destination stops in the port district, Alexandria, Egypt, April 2, 2019.

  • View of an unidentified man as he sits outside a tram carriage in the wardien area, Alexandria, Egypt, April 6, 2019.

  • Daily life in the old city center of Alexandria on April 26, 2019, in Alexandria, Egypt.

  • The port area in the city center of Alexandria on April 6, 2019, in Alexandria, Egypt.

  • Low-angle view of an unidentified woman as she tired after a long day inside a tram, Alexandria, Egypt, April 5, 2019.

  • Low-angle view of an unidentified man as he sits in a tram, Alexandria, Egypt, April 2, 2019.

  • "How long will this box endure the outside world changes?"


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