I was looking at some of my very old stuff when I got that one from an old derelict, almost sticking to my fingers, neg.
This is Afghanistan in 79, one of my early trips that gave me the taste of traveling, I was 14 not on my own of course, I had seen other countries earlier but I think the bug came from here.
This is also the very moment when the photo bug struck me, I remember I had a nasty Olympus camera but it was like a revelation, I saw for the first time what would happen if I stayed waiting before clicking. So I waited for them...
It wasn't me that would freeze in that minus something coldness, I'd freeze them instead with my camera, the donkeys, goats and people in front of that glorious background.
As far as I remember, it's a village around Pul-I-Khomri, which town was quite famous 2 years ago when the Northern Alliance beat the Talibans.
I was feeling strange because I had been to most of the places of northern Afghanistan they listed in the news, it was like they dug up all my memories after being buried for 20 years.
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eleparc (24063) 2004-05-11 18:26
nice historical shot Luko! i wish i had been to afghanistan when it was still possible for us westerners;-(... i am sure the people is very nice and great shots and portraits to be made... did you ever go back?
ruffin (42) 2004-05-11 19:49
This is a very nice shot, with something filling the eye at every distance, and the lack of strong color is a big plus. I find the tilt to the right a bit distracting, and think you probably have enough leeway to straighten it up with a little cropping, which would make this almost a perfect photo.
mimi (2325) 2004-05-11 21:44
Really interesting slice-of-life shot, Luko, and incredibly well-preserved. It looks so calm and peaceful, in obvious contrast to the current media images.
flip89 (3410) 2004-05-11 23:02
This is the most amazing post, Luko, heady stuff that TrekEarth is made of. The picture in itself is very powerful, with good composition, wonderful slice of life etc. but the story behind it is even more inspiring.
elena (1054) 2004-05-12 1:01
perfectly composed shot, powerful background, interesting group, i hope one day i´ll get to afghanistan myself! Your note is great too.
Curious to see that since that time you prefered to show people and their surroundings... :) It´s fun the photo looks like a sepia/b&w at the first glance, but it is actually a colorless- color pic!!
RGatward (20062) 2004-05-12 3:49
Very interesting note. Impressive that you had the eye so young, and well done getting such a good image from the source material. Those poor people, in just 8 months they were about to begin over 20 years of hell. Pts tomorrow.
Ginebra (0) 2004-05-12 4:49
A powerful note for a wonderful shot. It amazes me this picture was taken in '79. They now have 20 years of hell.
gringofil (0) 2004-05-12 4:57
You took this when you were fourteen? Incredible. I think you had a knack for photography way back in the day as well, because this shot is quite simply amazing. I wouldn't have thought that someone this young could have shot this. Anyway, splendid work. Who did you travel with in Afganistan?
ianmcall (1213) 2004-05-12 5:26
Nice story and a fine eye at 14! Lovely composition with nature, town and people all together. The area where the men are is a tad dark, but a simple meter would naturally be overwhelmed by the light off the snow; all in all this came out very well.
maciekda (19895) 2004-05-12 11:30
huh, nice story. and you want me belive you took this picture when you were 14... yeah, right.. ;)
well, it is not bad at all, good moment - the man in the middle of stepping and looking at you. compo is good too. well, it is a nice picture i must say
sohrab (7439) 2004-05-12 11:43
hi luko good to see your postings again
firstly it shocks me that youre about 39 years old.i met claude and we were talking about you and he said that you were about 40. i didnt quite believe him. i always though that you were about 28-29. when was your profile photograph taken :)
this is photograph is a beauty , considering that you were 14 . it still seems to be quite nice if i stop thinking about your age at that time. the backdrop of the snow and those houses is spectacular . and you HAVE frozen your subjects.
really good. so youve been a great photographer for quite a while now
MKING (3054) 2004-05-13 20:07
I wish I was this good when I was fourteen (heck, I wish I was this good now :) ) You had and always have a great eye for a shot; I really like the shift from the dark tones of the bitumen and people through to the brown of the dormant trees to the buildings finally to the near white snow, a really nice gradient effect. What really surprises me is the claim that you had to do a fair bit of "surgery" on this shot-- had you not mentioned it in your post I would not have been able to pick it.
I have a query about colour response-- had there not been as much degredation to the negative, would you have had to perform many colour corrections etc?
Beautiful travel documentary shot-- the significance has become more salient since the three (or one long continuous) war has changed this place so much.
bfly (5775) 2004-05-17 5:52
very interesting for me Luko...it looks like a pic from an old Turkish movie..that guy with the fez, stone houses, donkeys and goats...like my "mezomopatya", this could be from anywhere in Middle East I guess..
I liked the picture of course..I always do..and it is great that you can show it to us after 20 years...this strikes me most..thanks..
philip_coggan (11) 2004-05-20 5:10
You took this when you were 14? Pretty good!
ChrisJ (100052) 2004-06-11 3:58
This is great.
oochappan (16957) 2004-09-21 18:18
Nice peacefull scene with great forground and nice colored background. The photo has a very strong atmosphere in this winter landscape. I like it a lot for it's simple effective action you waited for.
fixed (3836) 2005-11-18 10:33
he, he ... en parlant de photos prisent pdt notre jeunesse :)
je tombe sur celle-ci :)
hé bien, cette photo annonçais une longue série de très belles images made in Luko!
j'aime beaucoup regarder les photos prisent par les enfants ...
quelques expos ont eu lieu à la Fnac ... je me suis tjs arrêter pour prendre quelques leçons ;)
tjs surprenant l'oeil et la vision des enfants ...
en tout cas celle-ci est très intéressante ... la vie, le lieu, le froid ...
... un grand photographe à mis chemin entre reportage et ART ;)
COOL cette photo