Hany Genedy poses for a photograph next to pictures made with salt in a gallery room at his home in Hihya city. Reuters
Egyptian artist Hany Genedy focuses as he carefully pours white salt onto a black surface to create an image of actor Al Pacino.
At first, it took me four or five hours to make a picture with salt then I had to erase it, but later I had the idea of looking for a way to preserve these works. After several attempts, I was able to find a way to fix the pictures.
Genedy experimented with materials such as leaves and money before settling on a substance he says is versatile and cheap - salt.
Genedy, who crafts images of Egyptian and international celebrities and landmarks, says he thinks only a handful of artists’ worldwide use the mineral.
Surrounded by assorted colours of salt in his home studio in a village in the Nile Delta province of Sharqia, the 24-year-old says he developed a secret technique to fix his images.
"At first it took me four or five hours to make a picture with salt then I had to erase it, but later I had the idea of looking for a way to preserve these works," he said.
"After several attempts I was able to find a way to fix the pictures," Genedy said, adding some of his salt works have been hanging on the wall for more than three years.
He makes a small income from selling paintings, but hopes his salt art will win recognition in Cairo and internationally.
Hassanein has spread colours and prints of her favourite art medium all over the region.
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