Last night, Algeria played Egypt for a spot at the World Cup in 2010. (This is soccer, of course.) Before their shaming defeat, Algeria supporters took to the streets, shut down the Barbès-Rochechouart metro station and blocked traffic. And fans of every shape and size came out to join the frenzy: There were young girls draped in Algerian flags, middle-aged men hooting and hollering and women yodelling. Teenage boys with faces smeared with red, green and white paint set off fireworks and every physical surface that was climbable was climbed on, including the newsstand opposite the entrance to the station.
I took some photos of the pre-match celebrations and, not knowing what to do with them, I uploaded them to Demotix. (Demotix is a new news group that offers a platform for citizen journalists to display their work.) I had had a Demotix account for a few months, but never posted anything to it before yesterday. Thus, I was quite pleased to receive a note from their editors letting me know that they selected one of my images for their home page (as pictured above). Pretty neat, huh?
If you'd like to see some of my other pictures, you can look at my page at Demotix.