A spice shop in the old bazaar of Peshawar in northwestern Pakistan 1972. It was my first visit to Peshawar, and although I have been back several times since then, it remains an extremely interesting and exciting city, unfortunately getting a bit dangerous these days.
This was scanned from a slide, I believe it was an Agfacolor.
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saxo042 (37890) 2008-12-18 8:34
Very fine colours but I think a detailed explanation is required here. Can you please identify all spices here, from left to right ;) Some signs above each basket would be very helpful! A very good scan.
brano14 (2943) 2008-12-18 10:11
This is a great piece of history, a moment of a daily life. Probably did not change much since then, maybe some new people. You actually needs a time to study all those details.
SteveH (6269) 2008-12-18 13:38
Hi Gert, Great shot, so many elements all contributing. I especially like the men inside having a conversation. Cheers, Steve
Disabled_A (0) 2008-12-18 13:57
yes, unfortunately Pakistan is a dangrous place nowadays :( So many interesting places have become dangerous!:(
Excellent composition and very interesting details! I like these round baskets full of something I can't even guess what :)
Concerning those men chatting at the BG (in the dark), I join Steve in his opinion. I must say it was very wse of you to include them in the photo! But if I were you I would have taken one more - closeup - shot of these two men ;) especially the one on the right!
Very good scan! Good depth.
atif_ge (731) 2008-12-19 1:43
nice capture of the local market of peshawar. TFS, Atif
feather (51130) 2008-12-19 9:05
Excellent daily like market shot with all the spices. The men in your shot are a great addition to the scene. No self-respecting cook from Pakistan would add a curry mixture but use all the separate ingredients. Your slide has stood the test of time.
kschanna (6) 2008-12-19 16:42
What amazing detail, raw spices and lentils/maize I think in rattan baskets and the sellers in the most common and relaxed posture. The wooden crates havent changed much since 1972 they still look the same.
I really like your PoV here which nicely frames the shop facade.
COSTANTINO (65822) 2008-12-21 10:56
Im always interested in such a photo with
tradition and thanks for this shot from the old bazaar of Peshawar in Pakistan..
A photo taken from the page of a newspaper,
of a book..A well captured moment of daily life of another country away from ours..
thanks for sharing
dareco (17134) 2008-12-21 19:45
A very interesting post, very unique (at least to me it is) daily life. Nice work! TFS
everlasting (15238) 2008-12-25 2:24
Great daily life scene Gert, everyone relaxed going about their business.
mafegan (8624) 2010-01-01 4:43
You do seem to specialise in street scenes. With all their neatly stacked baskets it doesn't seem as though there has been much business - 3 men no doubt with families to support. The 4th man on the left could be making a purchase? Another interesting documentary style photo. Tfs, Marlene
serp2000 (44336) 2012-08-29 5:18
Your photo reminds me these flavours. I really love this Oriental odour. You made a great contribution to the field photography, so you can already afford to go without a tripod.
kato (11630) 2013-11-22 21:45
You're capturing well this daily life bu a good angle and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see various kinds of spice accumulated on the basket of the big bamboo. It's also interesting in color spice such as white, green, yellow and red etc,. Probably, these spice will be used properly according to the kind of cooking, since tastes differ all. And, it looks like life spectacle peculiar in Pakistan, India and Silk Road neighboring-countries from the ancient times.
abmdsudi (54619) 2014-04-07 5:28
Must be a very photographic location with all the colours, shapes, form and the variety of flavors and textures. Absorbing and perfectly tidy and placement of the key elements are well spread out to grab attention but what I like most is their rather relaxed manner and the ambient. An appealing shot in the simplicity, Congrats.
Miguel82 (27646) 2014-08-20 7:50
Gert, it is a unique experience to visit Peshawar, nowadays it is very different compared with the 70's, high quality scanned diapositive, the spices are perfectly presented in baskets, sharp picture, greetings
jmdias (65008) 2016-08-08 1:33
nice view of the old shop, not so different of the others we can see in morocco,india or old dubai. nice aspect of the baskets and the men chatting or observing.