An early morning in Herat, western Afghanistan, in May 1973. Business is still slow, a few men are discussing the price of what to me looks like rhubarbs, in the background a woman dressed in a burqa seems to be off-loading her donkey, and even further back a man is washing his feet before going to the local mosque for his morning prayers.
This photo from 37 years ago was scanned from a Kodachrome slide.
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aristo (3214) 2010-05-02 1:52
Another great image of daily life in Afganistan.Afther all this years nothing change there,sad but tru.
My compliments,superb photo!
Have a nice sunday!
papera (14320) 2010-05-02 1:55
not even my blurred vision can miss the exceptional quality of this slide :)
yes, they look like rhubarbs to me too - although rhubarb is usually red..?
anyway - beautiful diagonal composition, with terrific colours and a warm early morning oblique light.
it's so nice to watch, with all the turbans and the produce on the ground, that it almost looks staged :)
have a good Sunday,
patdeph (35748) 2010-05-02 1:57
very intersting picture where there is so many things to look at,for a life that seems so peacefull!The colors are beautiful and this is very well framed!
emka (104268) 2010-05-02 2:02
Hi Gert, my vertical neighbor today,
Your drawer has no end, an I happy about that. another gem from your archive. amazing scene, stunning quality. Fantastic composition with the diagonal line of products and the men chatting or discussion the prizes. I envy you so much you could travel in that time and have such memories.
Disabled_A (0) 2010-05-02 2:22
this is another photo from quite a different world!..
a picturesque world full of sunny rich colours... but a mysterious one, with the philosophy which I will never understand.
Another interesting documentary and historic (now) photo which shows us a bit of the Past and of "that other" world :)
I wonder why nobody is looking at you? You were far away and had a long zoom lens?
siamesa (28123) 2010-05-02 3:50
Bom dia Gert
I really like this old serie that you are showing here.I can't avoid thinking where are these people now and what are they doing.Considering the time that these photos were made, surely they are excellents. Congratulations.
Have a nice day
bukitgolfb301 (44325) 2010-05-02 4:56
Hi my dear Gert
Great documentry shot! Before invasion of Russia, maybe peace time there.
Well composition / perfect framework and sharp/clear description in the detail as usual. All comonents are well balanced.
Tasteful calm color is marlvelous too.
You did a great job indeed!
Thanks for sharing and have a good Sunday eveving!
saxo042 (37966) 2010-05-02 9:23
You have indeed acquired a new skill with scanning and postprocessing of these old documental pictures. Another very interesting picture with a good diagonal of men and also perfect and pleasant colours!
prabut (3548) 2010-05-02 11:00
Very nicely presented the typical bazaar. Many buyers and sellers and a large selection of goods. Pretty well saturated colors. Very nice work
Glint (6171) 2010-05-02 23:08
what a wonderful collection you have from your time in Afghanistan. here is a greatexamle of a daily life shot. Teeming with life and detail.There's a lovely light and good colour as well as a strong diagonal composition.
I think you should publish this collection as a book. I would certainly love a copy.
mikolaj_kawa (0) 2010-05-03 23:32
Hello Gert! Interesting men, interesting scene and scenery. Gorgeous work from 1973! Superb colours. Good quality, high fidelity. Well done!
kschanna (6) 2010-05-04 3:22
The naan's look great and appetizing. Where I live in Australia we have quite a large Afghan community so I can still treat myself to Naan and Kebab. Did you try these when you were there?
My wife has looked at your recent pictures of Afghanistan an her only comment was "they look happy"
skippy007 (12510) 2010-05-05 5:07
Hello Gert, I have no idea what these gentlemen are selling but I will take your word that it is rhubarb. This is a sight that I can identify with now, after my recent trip to Malaysia, there are so many things going on as you described but what really stands for me here are all the white turbans, there must be at least a dozen. Another interesting scene, well captured & reproduced. Thanks
octavian (167) 2010-05-08 1:03
Looking over your photos I come to the conclusion that for the last 37 years time stood still in Afghanistan. Brilliant collection, thanks for posting.
Vasa (515) 2010-05-17 15:37
My little back to decorate this wonderful street scene. One of your best slide Gert. One of the most pleasant thematic picture in TE. As say, you was born like photographer, dear friend. Many thanks for this sharing. Friendly,
Waylim (25436) 2010-05-18 23:07
Another beautiful scan image, colors are still vivid and contast is good, just a little loss of detials in the bright and dark area. a market place, normally full of people of any ages and gender, here it is only men, a rather strange scene for me, but I understand that it is their culture, as I said, we travel to see place and people not to judge, but things are changing as we progress, and maybe even today, it is already different. A very rare photo you shared with us. Thanks.
Jazztog (0) 2010-07-28 8:35
Wonderful Photo Gert
It totally captures the mood of the place.
The light, saturation etc - the joys of shooting slide.
I only been into Photography seriously for about 5 years and miss the days of Kodachrome and the likes......I still shoot film on my Nikon FM3a but it is so expensive to develop.
Many thanks for sharing
kato (11630) 2012-02-18 4:21
You're capturing well this food bazaar in street by a good angle and rich color tone, so it's intersting and impressive to see the spectacle of an exchange of the buyer and seller on the ground. The traditional turban which men are winding around the head is also impressive.
serp2000 (45336) 2012-02-27 20:12
Out of curiosity, I wrote in Google "Gert Holmertz" and I received a lot of links to your journalistic successes. What can I add? I am proud that I happened to be friends with you. Another interesting daily life shot of Afghan town.
ourania (49901) 2014-07-04 2:19
a wonderful depiction of a peaceful daily life scene in Herat. It looks timeless and is full of cultural and human interest. I like very much the comprehensive point of view and strong, rich colours. It's very interesting to see how daily life is being shared by the people. The contrasts between dark and bright colours are so attractive, the deep shadows are graphic and atmospheric. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great day,