From Ghardaïa, the major city of the M'Zab valley in the Algerian desert. This valley, about 500 km south of Algiers, is home to a puritan Islamic sect and the architecture of the several small towns is characterized by a strictness and simplicity that sometimes achieves great beauty.
This picture from September 1975 was scanned from a Kodachrome slide.
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pastadog (13111) 2009-05-03 1:55
Magical colors you got here, Gert, and that minaret is both strange and pretty; well exposed all over, and well scanned too... regards, Daniel
swiatopelk777 (0) 2009-05-03 2:00
Wonderful minaret, amazing sky, excellent colors. Good POV and capture.
Greetings from Poland!
ymrk (14955) 2009-05-03 2:05
Perfect sharpness with wonderful architectural details in this place.i loved a that way,and blue of sky...
Take care of yourself,
dta (65730) 2009-05-03 2:07
Hello Gert ,
What a beautiful perspective , that leads the eyes from this narrow street to the minaret . The colors are beautifull . An excellent scan .
saxo042 (37268) 2009-05-03 2:11
A very strange and different architecture. But I guess that these building are well integrated in the landscape :-) Very good colours, both of the houses and the way you have combined them in your compostion. Taken in 1975 and uploaded in 2009, why have you waited so long with this very attractive photo?
bostankorkulugu (42018) 2009-05-03 2:21
a beautiful presentation of the local architecture... the vivid colours are very eye-catching and the red minaret rising up to the blue sky looks just amazing... beautiful shot gert...
PaulVDV (21961) 2009-05-03 2:26
A very good presentation of this special architecture style of the M'Zab.
It starts with the stairs leading us up in the narrow streets. The blue and red-orange colours of the walls are very beautiful and the wonderful red minaret with blue woodwork at the windows contrasts heavily with the deep blue sky.
It's a very long time ago I met anyone or heard about anyone who did visit that region.
Best regards, Paul
serp2000 (39578) 2009-05-03 2:27
My congratulations! Excellent shot from the past! Superb colours! TFS!
Greetings from West Ural,
ellelloo (6570) 2009-05-03 2:36
What an interesting minaret both by it's form and colour. A good composition in vertical format with an effective perspective. A good scan of a more than 30 years old slide, resulting in still pleasant, well saturated colours and great details.! TFS!
Buin (42280) 2009-05-03 3:17
This truly is an eyecatching photo - because of this incredible architecture and these gorgeous colours. I like how you managed to show all details from deep shadow up to bright sunshine here. A truly fascinanting scenery. Hats off!Greetings from still sunny Germany!
bukitgolfb301 (35442) 2009-05-03 4:16
Hello my dear Gert
Mysterious world but very vivid color.
The composition is very considerated.
Scanned color has good atmosphere indeed.
Thanks for your sharing and best regards
yaya13baut (3344) 2009-05-03 7:09
fine colors in this desert village : blue, yellow, brow and orange, a festival !
good perspective of this dark street, leading to the big minaret of which the orange colour pulls away well from the sky.
horatiuTT (4570) 2009-05-03 7:17
really an interesting view,almost spectacular and the colors make
it look almost like a painting.Have a good week,
jasmis (57824) 2009-05-03 7:52
Interesting colours, superb vertical shapes.
Glint (6165) 2009-05-03 11:35
excellent POV. I can feel my neck cricking looking up and up. Light, colours and textures are superb.It has a strong graphial element that I enjoy.
vincz (19113) 2009-05-03 12:38
Wow.. greta colours and fantastic POV with the stairs leading us through the pictures.
mikeo (12129) 2009-05-03 12:52
Excellent set of strong colours. Very interesting buildings shown from well chosen POV. Good framing,
nirvana73 (0) 2009-05-03 13:31
very interesting minaret
i never seen been before like this
very nice architecture
very nice colors and light
pauloog (11747) 2009-05-03 14:35
A good thing that scanning exists to revive beautiful and interesting views like this one.
Light well managed with this huge contrast between shadows and sunny areas and stunning colours for this simple but very pure architecture.
fanni (14377) 2009-05-03 14:54
incredible - both the colours and the structure! I have already seen some photos of suchlike "fantastic"-looking structures/objects in your gallery :) I am amazed at such kind of architecture... let alone the combination of colours.
Anyway the scan looks perfect! And the perspective is very good, too.
And if only it were not for these modern power wires........
Have a very nice week!
SteveH (6211) 2009-05-03 16:33
Hi Gert, that is a beauty! really good portrayal of North African Islamic Architecture. The colours and form are great from this well chosen POV. cheers, Steve
wolf38 (31270) 2009-05-04 2:43
Hello Gert. The skillful composition and the strong colors are impressing. A really interesting motive. Very beautifully. Best regards, Wolfgang.
jlbrthnn (76037) 2009-05-04 3:05
The composition and its colors are absolutely superb. The blue colors ocher and colors are in perfaites harmony. A splendid image. congratulations.
Have a nice day
scroller (3407) 2009-05-04 8:49
This is a fine photo with some beautiful colours.
I like the way the stairs take turning to the left.
mafegan (8624) 2009-05-04 22:45
So many photos from Ghardaia - I am envious and do appreciate your sharing them. Surprisingly there are no people. Brilliant colours especially the orange minaret contrasting against the deep blue sky. In Google Earth can easily position this minaret on the hill. Cheers, Marlene
aadilj (18102) 2009-05-04 22:51
Hi gert, I am sorry I couldn't write earlier since I was travelling., I love this beautiful scene. The colours are lovely and the pov is also great. Overall it is extremely beautiful
jrj (34841) 2009-05-05 0:57
Impressive crisp colors in this detail of the desert village Gert. Well working compo with some spectacular details.
BurhanettinMasa (641) 2009-05-05 6:54
The colours are fascinating, great POV ... Also I had never seen a minaret like this, this is very, very interesting ...
emka (77444) 2009-05-05 14:40
Hi Gert, Splendid photo! The painting of the walls is so unnusual with blue parts. Very strange minaret. and the stairs also look very mysterious. Stunning photo, difficult to believe it is an old scan.
stevesaba (8135) 2009-05-06 8:45
This really is a classic. Or at least it adheres to my preconception of the feel of Algeria, without having been there. The blue sky really helps to finish it off, as does the beautiful orange tower. Really well seen, and worth uploading after all these years. Great work! cheers,
archimatica (20317) 2009-05-10 10:19
Fantastic street view.
Wonderful colors and architectural details.
I like it - add to my favorite!
azizbilgili (2111) 2009-05-12 2:13
Hi Gert ,
Beautiful perspective , that leads the eyes from this narrow street to the minaret . The colors are beautifull...
jafadabret (56501) 2009-05-14 23:35
Cette photo est très proche d'une peinture avec le graphisme de cette ruelle qui aboutit au minaret et les couleurs très riches.
CLODO (30062) 2009-05-16 13:04
This stunny picture should be post in the "orange and blue" theme. Kodakrome was a good slide film, and you get the best of it in the scan.
speedymanu (3583) 2009-06-22 12:21
minaret in the desert or cubism in the desert. The composition you've created emphasizes the abstract touch and the textures of this place.
kschanna (6) 2009-09-28 4:04
This one deserves the praise it got.
The PoV is great and the colors are very well captured and realistic.
Thanks for sharing
mirarer (4751) 2009-12-08 2:43
Great perspective and incredible nice colors.
I like the beautiful minaret and the contrast with the blue sky.
yquem46 (38686) 2010-04-30 13:13
I missed this one !
What a panel of pastel colors
Again I'm stunned by the quality of the scan
Mycket bra Gert
Have a nice WE
notrap (5853) 2012-08-30 12:45
dieses Blau des Himmels mit Orange - ein herrlicher Kontrast.
Ein sehr schönes Bild aus dem Archiv.
Grüße von Elvira
KristinsCamera (2373) 2013-07-21 18:38
my goodness, i think my head will explode from happiness at seeing these colors together in your photograph ~ wow!
i can't believe the thoughtful design details, like the little blue bars at the top of the orange tower ... the multiple shades of ochre set against the blue ... the blue windows and the blue edging at the top of the walls and on adjacent facades.
apart from the muddy bottom (possible from use and wear?), the higher elevations are just delightful.
very nicely seen, gert! i love these treasures you keep bringing up from earlier decades!
Miguel82 (22865) 2014-03-24 7:21
These narrow small streets are really interesting to discover, bright hues of the buildings, a brillant report from the 70's, all the best, regards
COSTANTINO (54493) 2014-03-24 7:25
shot that draws the eyes directly to the blue sky
good perspective of this black street
the blue and red orange walls mae
have a nice new week