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Unprecedented Images of Western People Looking Just Like You and Me

11/03/2014 17:47 | Updated 11 May 2014
  • Karl Sharro Architect, satirist and commentator on the Middle East

We have all wondered how Western people look like in everyday situations, behind the veil of exoticism that surrounds their mysterious culture. Photographer Adam Vaijan has spent years documenting everyday life in the West and the results are a startling mix of the magical and the ordinary. His beautiful shots allow us to see beyond the wall of myth that surrounds Western people and their culture, revealing scenes that are touching in their normality and reminding us that they are just like us.

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Mother and child in a supermarket. Many Western people shop in supermarkets, using trolleys.

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Café. In their spare time, Westerners go to cafés just like us, and drink coffee and tea.

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Couple by the sea. Relationships between men and women are quite common in the West. Many couples take walks in the park and along the coast, occasionally sitting down to look at the waves.

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Street life. Walking on the streets is common in the West, there are shops, restaurants and cafés and people can see merchandise in shopfronts.

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At the hairdresser. When Western people's hair grows, they need a haircut, just like us. They go to get a haircut and often engage in conversations with the hairdresser.

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School. Education is as important for Westerners as it is for the rest of us, pupils are taught in classes by professional teachers using blackboards and books.

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The workplace. Much like us, Westerners work in offices and other places of employment. Sadly, they also have to attend meetings and pretend they are interested.

This blog first appeared on Karl's personal blog, Karl reMarks, and can be viewed here