I use the plural "Postcards" in the title, because apart from this official upload I will post two similar photos from other towns as workshops.
The M'Zab Valley is located roughly 600 km south of Algiers, several hours' journey into the Sahara desert.
Within walking distance from the major town, Ghardaīa (from where I have earlier shown several pictures), are four minor towns, all surrounded by medieval walls. Two or three more towns are located a bit further away.
These pictures were taken in 1975, when M'Zab valley was an emerging tourist destination. I don't know what it is like now, after so many years of unrest and violence in Algeria.
On this photo you see Bounoura (here is larger version), a seldom visited town close to Ghardaīa. I had to read my travel diary from 1975 to remember anything at all from here:
"Although it looked very impressive from a distance, built like a giant fortress, Bounoura was no doubt the dirtiest of the three towns I have seen in the M'Zab area. It was also obvious that it doesn't receive many tourists, because several women looked totally startled when, expecting nothing out of the ordinary, they stepped into the street without covering their faces. For a moment they just stood there, staring at me, before quickly arranging their veils. Even the goats were scared, running in panic in every direction."
Please take a look at the workshop photos too. All pictures were scanned from Kodachrome slides. Here is a larger version of altered image #1, which has been cropped by the server.
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macjake (45588) 2013-10-27 9:35
Now this is my kind of photo!
In all honesty it is fantastic.
Having seen so many closer shots of the town inside the walls, this is a fine complimentary photo taken outside the walls.
It looks amazing, even charming! Easy to see how this could catch someones attention if passong by.
Love the overall look of the town, yes, many photo opps here!!!
Lovely shot my friend. Saving the best for last perhaps? Haha
Kamilutka (3738) 2013-10-27 9:36
was this photo really taken such a long time ago? I wonder if this place still looks the same after so many years. The orange and bright green foreground work very well to draw attention and then there is the city on the top of the hill which could be explored detail after detail. Lovely colors and easy and eye pleasing composition.
Thanks for sharing
ourania (18704) 2013-10-27 9:56
this is the most impressive of the three photos, a captivating view full of details. The vivid colours and the stunning sharpness you've achieved make the view so real and inviting. I like very much the space you gave to the foreground making us figure out ways to reach the town and increasing the anticipation. All three towns look extremely introvert, mysterious and fascinating. It's hard to accept there's a time gap between these captures and the present time. The extract from your diary makes a wonderful introduction to a story:) Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
Nicou (105903) 2013-10-27 10:10
Avec la belle végétation verte en premier plan quelle vue cette ville avec la forme d'un bombage et courbe toutes ces belles maisons et ce ciel ces tours qui ressortent grandiose.
Bravo et amitié
carlo62 (19485) 2013-10-27 10:16
la terra rossa č senza dubbio una forte attrattiva, soprattutto per il contrasto che crea con il verde della vegetazione.
Ottima la panoramica della cittā, si possono ammirare le architetture e le colorazioni intervallate dei muri.
PaulVDV (17331) 2013-10-27 10:40
All three pictures are very interesting testimonies of a region of which today nothing is heard anymore.
Personally I like the altered image #2 the most. Probably partly because of the particular fame of this religious town. Also because of the fact that you succeeded in taking a picture over the walls of the town where photography isn't allowed. Finally, I should say that it is a very beautiful picture. Nicely built up with the town wall winding over the picture. Good framing with the plant on the foreground. Beautiful red desert tones of the soil and the buildings and a great view of the typical architecture in the M'zab Valley with that minaret as an eye-catcher.
Will Algeria overcome its problems and will this region ever become accessible again for foreigners? Presumably the latter is not a wish for the people of Beni Isguen.
Best regards, Paul
dkmurphys (42567) 2013-10-27 12:19
I like this image with the old fortified town. The orange soil is the needed color in this composition. Good catch!
rychem (13720) 2013-10-27 12:31
Beautiful postcard from the history, very nice documentary photo with vivid colors and excellent light, compliments
boa (4671) 2013-10-27 14:31
jag är imponerad av din samling av gamla bilder, du verkar ha ett nästan oändligt förråd från spännande platser! M`Zab valley är okänt för mig, å andra sidan så känner jag inte till så mycket om Algeriet. Vad jag har läst så är det relativt stabilt i och runt Alger, förhoppningsvis så blir det i resten av landet också.
Fin överblicksbild av Bounoura med spännande arkitektur. Jag gillar också avsnittet från din dagbok där du beskriver kontakten med innvånarna. Härligt tidsdokument!
emka (64182) 2013-10-28 0:03
Hi Gert, from these three postcards I like most the one with Beni. But the main photo is also splendid. Impressive city walls, the red ground make fantastic contrast with the green palm. This time we see someone in the grove but not as main subject. What places you visited! I am envious :)
Warm regrads Malgo
Romano46 (11573) 2013-10-28 1:54
ritengo che questa foto panoramica abbia ancora oggi un valore documentaristico perchč le mutazioni del paesaggio in queste zone interne dell'Algeria credo che siano molto lente a verificarsi.
Molto curata la composizione nella quale si nota il piacevole contrasto tra il rosso che domina la terra di natura desertica e il verde della poca vegetazione che circonda il villaggio.
Piacevoli anche le macchie di colore azzurro che colorano le case che, altrimenti assumerebbero lo stesso colore della terra che le circonda.
Un ottimo risultato anche tenendo conto della successiva trasposizione da analogico in digitale.
Ciao e buona settimana
saxo042 (33934) 2013-10-28 2:09
Fanns det överhuvudtaget några vykort att köpa här? Annars skulle ju de här bilderna kunna duga bra. Fina färger och en snygg vy över staden med alla de intressant arkitektoniska detaljerna här. Snyggt med de djupgröna palmerna mot den röda jorden.
zoomer (4227) 2013-10-28 9:12
Hi,excellent detail and color for this picturesque setting.Great note,all the best wolf.
serp2000 (33201) 2013-10-28 11:43
When I see this town from some distance, from this point of view, I feet like a medieval scout or just spy...
Although these ideas came to me from the books and the movies. Excellent historic photo. Impressive saturation and the orange&green combination looks very attractive.
williewhistler (9875) 2013-10-28 12:23
the colours of the original slides are beautifully replicated in these stunning photographs,each one with its own unique charm.
It is indeed a privilege to be able to view this area as it was such a long time ago.
Very fine photography,well worth the efforts that you made to capture them.
Best regards Les.
Highmountains (2251) 2013-10-28 12:26
Algeria in 1975 !! Waao. I was too young to touch a Camera then. There was no "coolpix" and "hot-shot" camera then which kids today very casually use. Cameras were absolutely "handle with care" instruments which hyperactive kids like me were not supposed to even go near, let alone touch.
The photograph is awesome..The multitude of buildings, rising at a distance, crowding the slope, till the horizon.
The foreground of orange / saffron earth and green bushes present a contrast that is simply mesmerizing.
The clear sky with feathery white clouds actually sharpens the boundaries of the horizon.
Great work Gert.
Vasa (16612) 2013-10-28 17:22
Another generous post in big dimensions. I admire this as I am on the place. Kind regards Gert!
SnapRJW (23704) 2013-10-28 23:20
A terrific shot Gert. The detail is exceptionally good for a scan and my eyes can wander across the buildings and pick up all kinds of tiny architectural detail where there is very little indication of modern life. Your archival shots are well worth scanning into a digital library as they make an excellent record of your travels and also have historical value. I love looking at them. Warm regards Rosemary
abmdsudi (32515) 2013-10-28 23:25
Another bygone era well recorded and you good pp work, a winner for me all the way - I like the strong green & red foreground which lead up the slopes
to high density settlement and eventually to the equally strong pointer - the minaret- being the tallest structure in the oasis town. The cool blue sky and warm arid sand create superb contrast lending the frame the added punch. Your composition is in my opinion always your strong point and this just adds to it. Well done, Congrats
Tx to the additional postcards well worth sharing
subhendu_bagchi (21110) 2013-10-29 2:35
namaste Gert, a nice photograph of this tally with red soil. Great composition and nice colour tone. Another excellent one from your scanned image. Tfs.
jhm (128073) 2013-10-29 5:30
For a scanned picture get we nice panoramic image with strong colours.
Also your both workshop pictures out of the same time are of the same quality.
We learn certainly out of this type pictures.
You create depth and perspective.
Excellent captured, nice composition, pleasant presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice Tuesday,
eldancer1 (20824) 2013-10-29 7:50
I wonder if those houses are the same today as when this was taken almost 35 years ago, probably. It's so sad that even in the 21st century we still have so many poor people. But I like this capture with good lighting and sharp details considering the age. Well done, tfs.
fabbs99 (11190) 2013-10-29 11:03
Lovely shot of the town.Nice sharpness and clarity.Very well captured .TFS.
Silvio1953 (105599) 2013-10-29 11:40
Ciao Gert, great view of fantastic village, wonderful warm colors, fine details, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
Graal (92174) 2013-10-29 12:17
interesting view of Algerian town. Another good photo and scan from your archive. Also I like complementary WS. Nice documents from 1975.
Have a nice evening.
lousat (64243) 2013-10-30 3:16
Hi Gert,mangificent capture of this lost world,a perfect postcard,the details are very good,the colors looks a bit strange but typical of the film of 70's,excellent work in the large version too.Have a nice day and thanks,LUCIANO
nikkitta (9003) 2013-10-30 16:05
I really am enjoining your so very good old captures, good contrast and great sharpness
From 3 I prefer number 2 because you managed to take it in a clever way and the tower of the minatet is quite closer
This also is well done with vegetation at the first plan and a panoramoic view of the city, inetersting the windows white frames
Greetings and keep sharing
jemaflor (74108) 2013-10-31 12:13
Nice composition from thos pov I like the contrast od colors, interesting traditionnal architecture .
pajaran (41759) 2013-10-31 14:03
Interesantan i dobar tekst o starom gradu sa datim podacima ...
Lep pogled na zidine starog grada ...
Dobar rad, lepo secanje na posetu gradu i 1975. godinu.
Prijatno vece i sve najbolje.
Interesting and good article about the old town with the given data ...
A nice view of the old city walls ...
Good work, beautiful memories of a visit to the city, and in 1975. year.
Good evening and all the best.
imageme (284) 2013-11-03 11:32
Hi Gert, What a nice colourful picture. The green trees and the red sand attracted me the most. The buildings in the far end are amazingly in details. The space of the FG you gave for this picture make a huge difference if it was not. I enjoyed it very much
Kielia (21533) 2013-11-04 1:47
you are presenting a very interesting photo - accompanied by a very nice note, all in all a great lesson in geography. The quality of the scan is excellent. My compliments!
COSTANTINO (44179) 2013-11-05 7:51
Hello my friend
you have a real treasury of photos in your file
this postcard has vivid colors and interesting
architectural details very well co mposed
it looks amazing even charming
great experience from such a journey
have a nice new day
adores (30841) 2013-11-08 2:08
It's really a pity the country is dangerous now, I guess I would love it! Looking at this city within the walls I can imagine what it is like to pass the gate and walk along those old streets. Great pov! I like it with the plam trees and the man passing. The Ws are very good also, specially the one of Beni Isguen, I love those details. Pity that photos were not allowed there, I'm sure it was really worth it!
Miguel82 (14526) 2013-11-13 9:04
An authentic picture of that remoted oasis of Sahara desert in Algeria, Gert
It's a really a garden in an arid area of ochre sands, young data palm trees and the city built on a hill are visible, high resolution, splendid colors, bravo, all the best, good evening
mcmtanyel (5295) 2013-11-13 9:46
Great composition and sharpness. The colors are wonderful for a photo taken in 1975 (I had not transitioned to color photography back then).
A wonderful historic gem!