Boulangerie de-la-Place, the Bakery at the Square.
This is from Timimoun, for very clear reasons known as "The red oasis". It is situated approximately 1000 km southwest of the Algerian capital Algiers, several hours' journey through the Sahara from the nearest place that could reasonably be called a town.
This is another photo from a journey I made to Algeria in September and October 1975. At this time of the day the bakery may have been open, and it may have been closed. This was during Ramadan, the month of fasting, so no food was consumed between sunrise and sunset, and very little was available in the shops or markets. I don't know if eating, drinking or smoking was forbidden by law, probably not, but the social pressure was very strong. The rules didn't apply to me, as a non-Muslim, but I always felt a bit embarrassed drinking water even during bus-rides of maybe 5-8 hours.
As always with my pre-digital pictures this is a scan of a Kodacrome slide. I have used the larger format of 1500 pixels.
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rigoletto (32764) 2013-08-26 10:30
Oh wow, what colors!
The strong ochre is reminiscent of Morocco as well.
And the photo is 4 years older than me, respect for the quality of scan.
With each travel and such nice photos, Africa is growing more and more in my mind...
ktanska (22686) 2013-08-26 10:48
This time a much more traditional looking view from Algeria. Red soil match perfectly with the walls of same colour. Blue doors of course add good contrast. Palms at the background catch attention too.
mesutilgim (73046) 2013-08-26 11:09
Hello dear Gert,
Also this "oldie" is more than topclass !
And it's the reason why I still keep my analogue cameras and enjoy from time to time to put a film in and start shooting.
It's not easy to say what the difference is but there is for shure a difference between digital and analogue.
And this entry is a perfect sample for it !
TFS and best regards
chrisvek (6995) 2013-08-26 11:14
Very wonderful capture with splendid composition and awesome colors and contrasts.Nice amount of saturation.Very good lightning usage and POV.Well done.TFS
All the best
serp2000 (33177) 2013-08-26 12:09
Hej, Gert, good August evening,
I just impressed by this quality... Superb! Yes, this is not Ixus, for example. Long live Kodachrome! Unfortunately, I know this production.
Your photo reminds me "La Peste" of A. Camus.
Best wishes from cool rainy Ural,
SnapRJW (23678) 2013-08-26 12:21
Fabulous colour here Gert, the rusty red is so rich, add in the blue and green and you have a really good contrast of colours. Impressive scan and pin sharp. Your shot looks as if it could have been taken yesterday - timeless and a simple but lovely DL scene.
Warm regards Rosemary
limielski (2571) 2013-08-26 12:27
Interesting shot. Good composition. This guy walking on the street gives to the photo additional harmony. Well done. TFS
dale54 (5745) 2013-08-26 13:04
gert hi- very well taken,nice crop,and I like this color contrast of that blue sky and red earth! super! dale
emka (64150) 2013-08-26 14:49
Incredible quality after so many years. I am envious, as all my slides are to the bin. and specially with the big format now we can enjoy it in full. Amazing strong colours - red walls, green palm and blue sky. Strange this bakery with no windows. Charming sign in Ara bic and french and also drawing.
adidas5nb (2909) 2013-08-26 19:14
ah. another one of your old gems.really like this piv with the colors and the frame and the composition.gives a feel of the algerian culture.
bukitgolfb301 (32658) 2013-08-26 21:16
Hi dear Gert
Again great archive! Around 40 years seem to have passed through. Sharp, vivid and clear image as usual.
All the best, Takero
annjackman (15541) 2013-08-26 23:13
I would not have guessed that this was a scan as the quality is superb. I love the earthy red colours and the contrasting blue doors. You caught the man walking in an excellent position. An interesting note too.
Kind Regards, Ann
jhm (128049) 2013-08-27 3:49
What a different between the bakeries in Europe with big glassed windows.
Maybe is everything now also difference since 1975.
Very nice moment for take with the man walking through the street.
Sharpness and clarity be superb.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice day,
subhendu_bagchi (21090) 2013-08-27 3:56
namaste Gert, the red wall of the bakery is really interesting. Those palm trees at top and the blue doors are really contrasting with the rest. Good composition with the man passing by. Tfs.
gervaso (9247) 2013-08-27 4:25
It must be a very interesting place, although not much touristic, and a really different culture! The picture is wonderful with these strong colors, giving us the idea of a really hot place! Beautiful job!
Sergiom (45489) 2013-08-27 5:49
J'aime beaucoup la construction de cette image. Tous les éléments sont bien placés et intégrés devant ce mur rouge terre. Les palmiers sont un superbe arrière plan.
Nicou (105851) 2013-08-27 6:49
quel rendu ocre sur ces façade de terre de maison avec le touches de bleu merveilleuse image et compo sueprbe vue et captage avec l'immense porte de fer et ce personnage qui passe fantastique vue.
Bravo et amitié
ourania (18672) 2013-08-27 7:52
I like very much how you have placed this red wall across the frame having the viewer wondering what lies behind it. The blue doors, both the closed and the open one, are eye-catching and mysterious. The simple structure of the composition and the colour palette limited to four colours make the description of this place so effective. The man hurrying decisively away from the doors is a captivating representative of the local people. His attitude extends the context beyond the limits of the frame, which he will be leaving in a moment. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
saxo042 (33930) 2013-08-27 8:06
Men detta är ju en mycket bra bild, väl komponerad och med starka färger i bra harmoni med varandra. Det ser ut som om den röda väggfärgen har missfärgat den vita dörrposten, genom klåfingriga handavtryck?
abmdsudi (32509) 2013-08-27 9:04
A strong eye puller and effective play of strong shapes, textures and striking colors to greatest impact to attract attention. The dwellers certainly brightened up the oasis town so well and you have captured this riot of color beautifully, and the man is there to make happening. As usual your handling of light is always second to none. A very gaily shot from the remote desert and tkhs for sharing, Congrats.
rychem (13688) 2013-08-27 9:13
This here is a very good scanned photo, interesting place, beautiful contrasting colors, picture of high value
Fis2 (77000) 2013-08-27 12:04
Next interesting photo from your archive.
A very curious place and scene.
Excellent colors and sharpness.
Very impressive picture.
Have a nice evening.
pajaran (41755) 2013-08-27 12:09
Interesnatan tekst, sa datim podacima.
Lep pogled na staru kapiju i zid ...
Dobar rad skeniranjem , lepo pokazano mesto i trenutak sa prolaznikom.
Prijatno vece i sve najbolje.
Interesnatan text with the given data.
A nice view of the old gate and wall ...
Good work scanning showed good place and moment to the passer.
Good evening and all the best.
nikkitta (8981) 2013-08-27 12:49
Wow how can this be an scanned photo, so saturated colors, so good definition and contrast
Anyway a top capture and composition, with plenty of detail to admire, seems like it has been taken today, still few changes may have happen over there, may be La Place exist and is still selling bread
Congrats and TFS
PiotrF (2380) 2013-08-27 13:57
Interesting and unique picture. Beautiful color contrast.
Works with analog film have a unique atmosphere.
I like these.
fabbs99 (11148) 2013-08-27 22:19
Great old shot.Excellent preservation.Magnificent vivid colors,contrast and superb overall quality of the image. TFS.
Silvio1953 (105553) 2013-08-28 0:33
Ciao Gert, beautiful daily life composition with lovely walking man, nice scene, excellent clarity, splendid light and fantastic colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
dkmurphys (42527) 2013-08-28 0:56
Another fine simple scene. I like the strong colors and contrasts, well spotted moment.
Have a good day.
Urs (14078) 2013-08-28 4:52
The deep red colour of this wall really stand out and explains the name red oasis. Superb scanning job producing vibrant colour tones and high sharpness. I like your note, very informative, and brings back memories of Morocco where I was at the same time. Well done
macjake (45588) 2013-08-28 5:43
you see Gert, this...THIS is the type of 'people' photo I enjoy taking.
Here i totally, completely, 100% see the benefit of having people in the scene. Having someone walk into the scene here doesn't bother me a bit (it did before, but i'm adapting), i'm all for it, and the photo is better for it too.
and again, i wonder how this scene would look today, nealy 40 years later! that would be so fun to find out! but it sounds like its a disaster trying to even get to this location.
so what made you want to venture out to this small town/village? did you know about it, or was it an un-expected visit. was there a purpose or motive?
love everthing about this scene. heck, even the ground dirt looks like the red walls and doors!
everything looks like its red clay colored.
and obviously the blue door with white trim stands out smartly because of it.
wicked shot!!!! Just looking at it brings about 10 questions to mind immediately
gildasjan (39558) 2013-08-28 12:59
Très bonne prise de vue avec ce personnage bien placé dans la composition.J'apprécie également l'harmonie des couleurs entre le bleu de ces portes et les teintes brique du mur.Une très bonne réalisation.
williewhistler (9873) 2013-08-28 13:33
what a stunning shot,the combination of the Kodacrome slide and larger format has come up trumps.
The vibrant colours just leap off the screen whilst the man in traditional garb is well placed in the frame to add both interest and scale.
Very fine photography.
mirosu (8160) 2013-08-29 6:05
This is a superb photo in excellent light and outstanding color contrast. The tri-color combination is also very good. I like to see the walking man in front og big gate, he adds nice life to the scene. Excellent snapshot. Well done. Greetings, Miro
kato (9542) 2013-08-29 6:12
You're capturing well this place by a good composition and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the road with red heat, the outer wall with deep red, blue door, and coconuts trees in back. It's strong primary colors. So, I can image that this is the tropical area. And, the residents walking the road draws out an additional good effect inthe image.
zoomer (4227) 2013-08-29 10:27
Hi,those vivid colors somehow convey the heat of the place.A superb scan with no loss of quality.All the best,Wolf.
Romano46 (11535) 2013-08-29 11:14
questa tua foto scattata nel sud dell'Algeria era sfuggita alla mia attenzione, ed eppure, pur essendo una trasposizione in digitale di una vecchia dipositiva, conserva ancora oggi tutto il suo fascino, sia per la scena che hai ritratto che per i colori che dominano la bella composizione.
Complimenti anche per l'ottima trasposizione in digitale.
Ciao e buona serata
kasianowak (3474) 2013-08-31 2:00
Hi again Gert
Another amazing everyday scene, masterfully composed with all the elements in the right places. The human figure really makes it.
Kielia (21533) 2013-08-31 6:40
a simple but very fascinating image. The composition where the lonely man also plays an important role is excellent. The red colors make the image very attractive. By the way: the scan is outstanding. My compliments also for the note!
wolf38 (29116) 2013-08-31 22:04
Hello Gert. The photo from the past seems as if being produced today. (I know people who even today still use analog cameras and film, - and then edit digitally.) Fine Composition. The position of the man in the picture is perfect. Good and informative text as always.
Glint (5911) 2013-09-01 0:49
I was immediately attracted to the colours here. A terracotta red and blue can't help but be a winning combination. It seems to have lost nothing in the scanning judging by its sharpness. I like too that there is some human interest and even he is colour co-ordinated.
Angshu (52896) 2013-09-02 0:20
Your scans are always of the highest quality & unless you make a specific mention, its hard not to imagine that its not a digital picture
Fine picture of teh bakery which is painted red in colour. The blue door stands out, almost jumps out from the red surrounds. The walking or scurrying man is a great addition. Fine work!
adores (30831) 2013-09-07 15:55
Another good old one! Almost seems taken with a digital camera. I like the composition a lot, the man passing, the local bakery and that wonderful wall. Colours and textures are great. I've always had the feeling that Algeria is a very interesting country.
eldancer1 (20824) 2013-09-14 7:49
Very nice capture of this scene! Even though this was taken in 1975 the colors are so vivid, you did a wonderful job scanning the photo. It's always nice to include a person for human element. Well done, tfs.
Wanda1 (14402) 2013-10-02 7:24
I like the various tones of red with the blue accents here and there of the doors and the mans matching shirt. This places name clearly suits it well. I like the detail of the palm trees peeking over the top of the wall. A nice street capture form time gone by.
Miguel82 (14500) 2013-10-05 10:23
So charming ochre color of the houses and the soil Gert, many date palm trees grow in that place of Sahara desert, excellent resolution and vivid colors, high quality
Have a good We
tatadalou (3975) 2013-10-09 15:22
Amazing quality for a scan ! The beautiful light enhances the red and blue tones. Thanks for sharing your old creations !