This is in the heart of an Uighur backyard in Kashgar, in the alley of the intriguing old quarter, section of central Asian oasis, the only small portion left of the old medieval town considered by Uighurs as their spiritual home and cultural capital in East Tukestan, China and historically it has played an important role in trade for 2000 years.
'Nan' bread is the staple food of the Uighurs, made the same way bread is baked in other central Asian countries. An antique looking hundred-year-old bakery shop that still survives, a sight where traditional craftsmen still work their wares – noisily and sweatily –with ball-peen hammers and grindstones. When you walk around the mud-brick thatched buildings and timber houses-neighborhoods you really get a feeling like you're still in the 14th century. It's like living time-travel, a place where time stands still....
Whether they’re bakers or noodle makers, blacksmiths, tailors or painters, for many the old ways are about to end... And this is not some slow erosion but an upheaval in front of their faces. The commie government has declared that most of the old city will have to be knocked down. It’s already levelled parts of the town as big as football fields, other areas have been cleared the size of large city office blocks.
My desire has been to preserve through photographs the spirit of their culture and traditional life in the face of an uncertain future. I am hopeful that more people will come to appreciate and empathize with the humanity and dignity of the suppressed Uighurs...
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lousat (87012) 2012-06-16 9:10
There is a fantastic light inside this pic,what a magnificent capture in this lot of dark blue,the bread is like a star,great idea and point of view and excellent details too despite the difficult light.Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
eldancer1 (35425) 2012-06-16 9:17
Very nice capture of the daily bread! And thanks for the wonderful information. Love the colors of those doors, so intense. Good lighting and good dof with sharp details. Well done, tfs.
ahmet54 (3123) 2012-06-16 9:34
I like those daily life shots of Xinjiang and I like the 'Nan' flatbreads of Central Asia. Unfortunately the two women are nearly invisible.
Ninello52 (7576) 2012-06-16 10:14
Excellent composition made with taste and style! The dominant color effect with the beautiful blue all over! Fantastic the setting, the perfect definition! Bravo to expose so much to see women at work!
Best regards, Nino.
dta (74765) 2012-06-16 10:16
Hello Abmdsudi ,
Bakers are discret , in the darkness beahind the doors in the BG . But we can see very well the product of their work in the FG . This is a splendid composition . I like especially the contrasted colors , and the texture of the old painted wood .
Gigidusud (19801) 2012-06-16 10:44
Nice composition with splendid color and light.I ilke it!
Have a nice WE.
Budapestman (82620) 2012-06-16 10:46
an amazing daily life photo with beautiful composition and splendid details, the POV is very attractive, great shot. Tfs! Have a nice weekend! Kellemes hétvégét kívánok!
papagolf21 (95373) 2012-06-16 10:55
Une image comme je les aime ! Vous avez su créer une ambiance intimiste de toute beauté.
Le sujet, l'environnement, tous les ingrédients sont réunis pour nous offrir une très bonne photo.
serp2000 (43084) 2012-06-16 12:23
Ni hao, Abmdsudi,
Good composition and very nice colours combination. I like similar Oriental bread too. Impressive flavoure...
SnapRJW (31629) 2012-06-16 12:42
Hello Abmdsudi - What a fabulous shot! Great use of your wide angle lens and a fine POV and composition. The nan bread looks so appetising and as it fills up the FG I can almost smell and taste it. Lovely contrast between the bread and the rich blues and I like the fact that the women in the building are just visible. They do not detract from the main FP but add excellent context. Well done a lovely DL shot. Warm regards rosemary
yquem46 (38750) 2012-06-16 12:52
Wow, excellent daily life shot !
With this blue on the wooden doors, the pile of pies at the FG and the people at the windows, I certainly could not have resisted either
Enjoy the WE, best regards
siamesa (28111) 2012-06-16 14:05
Boa noite Abmdsudi
Very nice presentation.Perfect exposure. Excellent note.
have a nice Sunday.
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2012-06-16 14:31
Nans are very popular in Northern India and the bread is baked and eaten with vegetables. I like the dark room where this woman is making the nan against the fairly lit foreground where the nans are displayed. The blue colors with the dark background make this image very beautiful. Everything is old yet beautiful. I like the colors, sharpness and mood.
Hunkar (7172) 2012-06-16 14:42
A nice colorful capture of the life in Uighur,
daddo (26482) 2012-06-16 16:59
Salam Abmdsudi.Reading your note makes me want to scream- but then who would listen. Plus a picture is worth a thousand words, at least a fine picture like yours tend to be. I wonder if there is some chance to have your images published, of getting in touch with the Uygur diaspora's intelligentsia and work on a book for world distribution. I have a marvelous book (what they call a coffee table book)in my possession of images taken in Afghanistan, detailing a world that was disappearing before the Russians came.
Your work is a testimony of what is disappearing and also a testimony of you fine sense of aesthetics and empathy for these hapless people that are being steamrolled by the Han juggernaut. Salam. Klaudio.
bayno (18344) 2012-06-17 0:49
I saw the Indian Nan but so great I had never seen, are larger than our pizza in Italy.
Very interesting your note about this population, we hope you are able to preserve their traditions and their identity, I really like how you handled the light, atmosphere and beautiful tones of blue really fascinating...very very nice...
have a good sunday...
Schnappilic (9690) 2012-06-17 2:38
A special reportage picture from China with very good composition and splendid colors. Splendid result full of details!
All the best,
karacabeylis (1465) 2012-06-17 4:31
brianmcc (6219) 2012-06-17 4:40
what wonderfully attractive colours, the blue tones on the cloth and on the wooden walls immediately jump out of the picture. an excellent composition.
jhm (148626) 2012-06-17 5:49
You shows excellent the daily life image with the bread as subject.
Nice angle with depth and perspective.
Sharpness and colors are pleasant.
Excellent composition, nice done. TFS.
Have a nice Sunday,
ourania (41090) 2012-06-17 11:17
a wonderful composition using the ordinary and even rugged setting of the old quarter, an everyday activity and a common product and turning them into a beautiful and touching image. Sharpness and clarity are superb and support well the composition with points of interest scattered all over the frame. There's excellent depth and capture of textures and it's lovely how everything comes up together so naturally and harmoniously. I love the light management and the beauty and contrast of the colours, the open door on the right and the view inside the bakery where the women go on with their work. I think I can see the lady smiling. I also love the way the bread stands out in this scenery, so new, fresh, delicious and appreciated. Congratulations for this picture and for your work in this area, thank you!
All the best, have a good week,
dkmurphys (55801) 2012-06-17 12:36
Superb capture. There are all over the earth places like this where life has an original charm. Well taken.
mesutilgim (92292) 2012-06-17 23:36
Amazing capture of this traditional bakery with typical flade breads in show.
The bright blue fassade of the bakery creates a perfect background for this scenery.
TFS and best regards
emka (91460) 2012-06-17 23:59
It is so sad what I read here. Are they destroying the old houses? Why? well, the buildings we saw here are in not good condition s but the people live there. The similar situation was in Hoi An but with the happy ending. As you probably know, the Polish architect Kwiatkowski convinced the government that instead of building new ugly blocks it is better to preserve old ones, and result is fantastic. beautiful shot, the blue colours here is marvelous.
Bluejeans (64251) 2012-06-18 5:16
Ola Admdsudi ,
Bonita composição com estes tons de azul bem fortes nestas velhas portas , bons detalhes destes pães Nan , boa luz , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
Glint (6171) 2012-06-18 5:20
you get a reall feeling of stepping back in time here.I like the graphically pleasing blue and the rounds of nan bread, together they make an attractive composition.
I have read all your notes from this place and struck by their passion. Indeed it is a regrettable cultural imperialism that destroys such heritage.
JFS (32459) 2012-06-18 12:06
Delicious colors and light in the old quarter. A very good shot my friend! Interesting note too. Thanks!
Cricri (115467) 2012-06-18 22:46
Très belle image de vie quotidienne,
La texture et la couleur du bois avec les deux dames en plein travail un peu dans l'obscurité, les galettes ainsi poser invite a la dégustation...
Belle présentation et réalisation
Angshu (56748) 2012-06-20 7:39
Indeed a fascinating picture! Nan is something we in India are also familiar with, but the size of our bread is certainly not as large as these. One of these breads can, I think feed the entire family! The blue of the old windows & door creates a fine BG. Like the subtle impression of the lady in the shade...she's vital for this composition. Excellent post!
Waylim (25482) 2012-06-20 8:38
Ah, now you just make me hungry, the breads are so close I can just reach out and grab one of them. Really cool shot, a good daily life and artistic shot. I lvoe the combination of the blue and the golden brown of the bread really standout against the blue that give it a slight 3D quality, yet we can see the people, the bakers, inside arranging the breads. I also like the fact that one of the door is slightly open as to invite us in :) and I would go inside just to smell the fresh bake breads.
Silvio1953 (136545) 2012-06-21 6:09
Ciao Abmdsudi, great view interesting place, excellent perspective, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
nikkitta (17066) 2012-06-21 20:20
Just read your note and quite agree with it, same are going with Tibet, knocking down old constructions and changing the way of live or people
Great capture of daily life with the contrasting blue , the bread makers at the back and the "nan" as main protagonist
Greetings and congrats
shevchenko (19444) 2012-06-22 1:43
Good discovery and good frame to show the villagers that working in their backyard, clear to show the Nan on the table at foreground, lovely old house, interesting composition, good color and lighting effect, distinct photo, well done.
Graal (101674) 2012-06-24 10:22
an interesting reportage about the daily life. Good composition, fine saturated colours. Also note is interesting. Photo I like.
Have a nice evening.
sacimar (26205) 2012-06-28 8:10
I like this image very much, the composition is interesting with strong colors that catch my attention, it's a nice one, well done,
SWEETFREEDOM (24354) 2012-06-29 23:38
very nice daily life picture, nice contrst of colors and light.
maria-v1981 (10932) 2012-07-02 8:53
Another lovely picture. Excellent POV & framing of the picture . I like the way you have positioned the part of Nan bread to create such a DOF. Intresting notes.
delpeoples (56722) 2012-07-02 23:19
Hello dear Abmdsudi
You make a good point in your note. Here as everywhere, the older ways are slowly dying out and being replaced by cheap, mass production. I have seen it happen in Italy, it is so sad. But your photo is very beautiful. So minimalistic yet masterfully composed. The blue tones are fantastic and make your subject, the naan breads stand out even more. And now I feel hungry as they look absolutely delicious.
Thanks for sharing, have a beautiful day
COSTANTINO (62575) 2012-07-08 9:28
nice capture of this daily scenery
your photos have a special beauty and
your notes are very useful
the blue color is very impressive
and vivid,aroma of bread
mauro61 (52855) 2012-07-13 15:17
complimenti per l'ottima composizione che oltre alla qualità mi colpisce per il soggetto ripreso.
Una foto che mi piace molto anche per il suo cromatismo e che va tra le mie preferite,
clic (16596) 2012-07-31 7:20
An intensive expression of truth is convied by those bread offerings set in the exotic old decor featuring the dark "painting of La Joconde" at backdrop practicing her know how!
kato (11630) 2012-10-03 18:48
You're capturing well this baker shop by a good composition and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the tasteful/traditional shop continueing from medieval times. Nowadays, an individual store is visible to the tendency which is disappearing under global society and commercial increase in efficiency in the world. However, the warmth of people is felt for an individual store as you note. Probably, that they do not look at the public notice has a cause, also although it is rare to take up as a report of mass media. The nun located in a line to the front seems to be very delicious and it's interesting in the employee who is working in the store. It's harmonized and balanced well for yellow of bread, blue of shirt/wall and black.
Robert1969 (7160) 2013-02-13 2:18
Not direct a populair subject, but you make
it exciting and attractive and that means
that you are a great photographer. It's
aslo a picture that tells more than a thousand
adidas5nb (5743) 2013-05-02 20:44
amazing observation,and fantastic execution.love the pov.great bright colors against the dark dull walla and interiors makes for a great viewing.
gus72 (3719) 2013-08-02 18:31
Good Day Abmdsudi !!
the blue colour in itself .... steals the photo .... it is so dominant and so beautiful
The nan bread also look very good and I would have no hesitation to eat it.
We have a restaurant in Sydney which is owned and operated by a Uighur family.The food is delicious.
Thanks for the note.
elenimavrandoni (0) 2013-12-14 17:44
I learn so much from your notes and more from your images...a great combination of beautiful testimonies of the culture of the world!! the contrast is amazing and your composition deserves a big pat on the back!!
fritzi007 (10401) 2014-07-23 12:17
really a great photo work, very good information,
- Copyright: abmdsudi abmdsudi (abmdsudi) (50420)
- Genre: Places
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- Date Taken: 2008-04-16
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: NIKON D200, TOKINA AT-X PRO 16-50 F2.8 DX, ISO 100 RAW
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