I admire Gert's old photos so let's try this one. When Gert wrote about his experiences in Afghanistan, it reminded me my first trip to farther country. Of course, I went twenty years later than Gert.
Earlier in Poland it was impossible for me to travel outside the East Block. It was illegal to buy or change foreign currency and with no money you could not obtain visas and passport. My husband had some money from his trips to conferences so we could go a bit abroad with tent and all the food. But only in Europe. It was better than nothing. The situation changed after 1989 and my first trip was to Morocco. It was quite shocking experience, my first encounter with different culture.
As I have never written any diary so I do not remember where was this place. Probably we stopped somewhere on the road to see a local market. I was delighted with the exotic scenes, the people and old cars and donkeys..
Of course, it is scanned picture. Not good quality but maybe you will find it interesting anyway.
Sorry, I haven't noticed it is so big. I prefer 1200 pixels wide. too late to change :(
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jurek1951 (40949) 2014-03-14 0:57
ladna scena zycia codziennego widac cos sie dzieje musialo byc gwarno,pozdrawiam
tyro (18652) 2014-03-14 1:28
How nice to see you posting some "oldies" and, despite this image being pretty big, it's still a super shot and gives a real snapshot of life in Morocco from more than twenty years ago.
But - and this is a funny thing - I've been looking at Gert's latest scanned picture from India and it suddenly struck me that that picture was so full of fun and laughter with lots of young girls smiling and laughing at him taking the picture. That to me seemed in sharp contrast to his pictures from Afghanistan in which I have not seen a single person smiling or laughing. And, here in Morocco, I don't see anything that looks like people having fun either - no children playing in the street or people doing silly things - just lots of people standing or walking and seriously going about their business.
A lovely picture with surprisingly good colours and lots of interest. Was this Kodachrome?
limielski (0) 2014-03-14 3:24
Take starsze zdjęcia maja swój dodatkowy urok. To też jest pełne tego dodatkowego uroku.
snunney (79823) 2014-03-14 4:49
What an amazing scene, so much going on and so many characters to look at. I like the old-time colours. A splendid image that has really withstood the test of time.
Sergiom (54757) 2014-03-14 5:54
Il y a beaucoup d'informations dans cette composition. On peut l'admirer pendant longtemps si on regarde tous les détails et les interactions diverses entres tous les personnages.
lousat (72509) 2014-03-14 6:54
HI Malgo,very interesting to read what happens before 1989 in your country.And very nice too it's to watch this old pic,i'm not sure but this village could be in the Ourika valley,not far from Marrakech.An excellent memory from your 1st african trip,i like it! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano.
rychem (19523) 2014-03-14 9:59
Widze, ze robisz porzadki w swoim archiwum, kawalek historii, do ktorej mozna wrocic dzieki takim zdjeciom, bardzo ozywiona scenka, duzo zycia i akcji, nawet marokanski upal widac na zdjeciu
holmertz (37209) 2014-03-14 11:21
and thank you so much for this dedication. But whatever makes you think I would take a picture like this? :-). Only joking.
This is a fascinating photo, and there are so many people doing different things, going in different directions, that it needs to be big. There are lots of details that are easily overlooked when you only see the small version. I think the scan is quite good too. It looks like it captures the strong light of a very sunny day very well and the colours seem correct.
I am very grateful for being born in a country that never interfered in my travels. For some years in maybe the late 70's and early 80's we had some currency restrictions in Sweden too. I don't remember why. But the limit was quite high, and it was easy to get an exception if you had a good reason to take more money out of the country. I remember that I had no problems taking quite a lot for a journey to West Africa for 4 months.
ACL1978 (7467) 2014-03-14 19:10
Hello Malgo - what a treat, to see one of your first travel shots here! A great street scene, and the scan actually is in remarkably good shape - nice bright colors and good clarity throughout. Thanks!
ikeharel (52511) 2014-03-15 2:04
Good morning Malgo,
Vibrant local market scenery, sided on the dusty road.
Nice taken from a superb POV, people and trucks "fill" the pic. space in their colorful appearences.
Have a nice weekend,
kasianowak (4996) 2014-03-15 5:14
Dobry pomysl na zdjecie "a la Gert". Uwielbiam te stare skany. :)
jcpix (11478) 2014-03-15 11:38
Feeling a bit nostalgic lately, yeah? :) This is certainly in Gert's style, and how could you go wrong with that....answer: you can't. :)
What a exciting and busy street scene, well captured to convey the sense of activity and daily life. I would have to disagree with your take on the scan quality, I thinks it's just fine, I'm able to see everything in plenty of detail and color...but more importantly is the content over quality, regardless of dates.
A very lively scene, a lot going on from one side to the other, and with a composition that leads us into the distance as well. Very nicely done, this turned out great! Enjoy the weekend. All the best.
COSTANTINO (51453) 2014-03-15 23:53
Good morning dear friend
I visited your gallery today and I choose this
old shot I always insisted that old shots
have a great interest and value
this one presents a different world
impressive shot indeed
it would be very nice for you to write
your diary I liked people down there
everybody interested in something
else great experience
have a nice Sunday
ChrisJ (94806) 2014-03-16 11:44
For a photographer Morocco in my experience was great, but for the most part, I didn't really like the people there. Many of them view foreigners as ready sources of cash or as an annoyance, (lost count of the number of times in public places I was told 'no photos!'), but I am sure if you go to less touristed parts you wouldn't have these problems. A fine daily life shot of this chaotic street in Marrakesh. Tfs!
mcmtanyel (10621) 2014-03-16 16:36
The old cars and vehicles in this photo attracted me to this photo just like they attracted you to taking it. Thanks for sharing this historic and colorfully exotic photo.
It is great to have Poland in the EU and NATO, I do remember the times when it would be unthinkable.
Miguel82 (20494) 2014-03-19 12:17
What an interesting street picture full of characters and various elements, it was taken at the begining of the 90's so I can observe the vehicles of that period, bright colors, greetings
macjake (52340) 2014-03-29 8:54
yes, this could easily be mistaken for one of Gert's shots.
your note is fantastic Malgo!
having been born and raised in Canada, its unthinkable of me to even comprehend living in a country where you're basically not allowed to travel.
What a feeling it must have been for you to feel free, to wander the streets of a far off place.
So what made you choose Morocco as your first destination? that's very interesting indeed.
I know i havn't been to every city in Poland, but I can honestly say this isn't ANYTHING like Poland :)
Must have been so new for you.
wonderful post for TE Malgo