These photographs were taken in August and September 2009 in Tripoli, Libya. It was an interesting time to be in an interesting country, Muammar Ghaddafi was celebrating the 40th anniversary of the revolution that brought him to power in 1969.
The celebrations included many military parades and airshows which took place in Green Square in the centre of Tripoli. A whole section of the city was off-limits to the general public for the 1st of September (the anniversary of the Green revolution).
It was also at the time when Abdelbaset al-Megrahi was released from prison in Scotland on compassionate medical grounds after being convicted for the murder of 270 passengers and crew on Pan Am flight 103 which came to rest in Lockerbie, Scotland.
This event is quite strong in my experience as on the 21st of December 1988 I was in a car with my dad and my siblings en-route from Hackney to Tobermory to spend Christmas with family friends. My mum was on a London to Glasgow flight and was to meet us overnight in the borders. We stopped at the petrol station on to which some of the debris of flight 103 came to rest upon in the early evening. My dad suggested we have dinner at the service station to the thankful protests of his children as we wanted to wait and have dinner with our mother at our overnight stop. When we got to our bed and breakfast we realised something had happened to do with an aircraft near where we were, and our mum was on one too. She saw the fireball out of the window of the plane she was on.
Tripoli, summer, 2009.