El Max is known as a fishermen neighbourhood at the West of Alexandria. Its most recognizable feature is the freshwater canal, the Mahmudiya, which was dug in the 19th century to carve a channel of water from the Nile to Alexandria as well as be utilized as a pathway for cargo ships. However, with time, pollution, poverty and neglect have taken their toll on El Max.
By capturing shots of destruction, chipped painted homes and roughly broken up windows, Baiomy offers a peak into the beauty of destruction and the ghost of a residential place once celebrated as the ‘Venice of Alexandria’.
The visual artist’s story with the area was long-lived prior to embarking on the project.