Once a busy fishing port of Karakalpakstan, supporting thousands of fishermen and their families, Moynaq is now a dying town with unhealthy, salty and dusty air. Most inhabitants are the elderly looking after the children whose parents have left in search for jobs.
These days Moynaq's only claim to fame and a magnet for a small trickle of tourism is the lake that... does not exist - the Aral Sea which shrank as a result of an ambitious plan, conceived in the 1940s, to grow cotton in the desert.
I dedicate this one to Gert as he said he would like to visit Karakalpakstan. Moynaq is a sad must-see.
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timecapturer (49288) 2014-03-22 10:55
this is excellent. I love the way you have managed the light here. Not an easy task but you have made it work perfectly. A stunning example of how to take images against the light successfully. Awesome!
Enjoy the weekend - B.
serp2000 (45828) 2014-03-22 11:08
This is very professional report from Karakalpakian region of Uzbekistan. Outstanding photos, I have read about this dead sea in the Central Asia. Impressive scenes from the desert. TFS!
tenretin (2657) 2014-03-22 11:22
You made a beautiful photo, well composed with natural colors.
It is a beautiful work.
ACL1978 (7511) 2014-03-22 13:18
Hi Kasia - I'm sure this shot will only increase Gert's desire - and everyone else's - to visit this spot. Fantastic use of light here, shining the sun through the tiny portal to create a beautiful glow around the dead ship. Thanks!
holmertz (59006) 2014-03-22 14:40
I am deeply flattered by the dedication :-). Thank you so much. I think what I meant was that Karakalpakstan is such a totally exotic name that I should have wanted to go there just because of that, just like I was ever so happy to send postcards from Ouagadougou and Timbuktu. I am pretty sure I will never end up in this sadly godforsaken ships' graveyard. The death of the Aral Lake must be one of the worst environmental disasters the world has ever seen. There will most likely be several more in the decades to come. I think this silhouette of a boat in the desert, with the evening sun behind it, is one of the eeriest pictures so far om TE. What a strange place, and what a disastrous policy that caused this misery. Some over-ambitious and authoritarian political leaders will probably never learn from others' mistakes.
krzychu30 (15512) 2014-03-22 23:33
niesamowite,jak takie wraki moga byc tak super obiektami do fotografowania.
Znakomita kompozycja i naprawde piekne i bardzo nastrojowe swiatlo(podoba mi sie jak promienie sloneczne przedostaja sie przez to male okno)
Antipodean (666) 2014-03-22 23:52
Kia ora Kasia, greetings from New Zealand),
I've read about the unprecedented ecological desert of what was once the Aral Sea. Your photo captures the tragedy perfectly - the sunset of common sense! Another place I would like to visit. Cheers, Neil
marabu61 (11279) 2014-03-23 9:03
This is a strong reminder of the influence of man on nature. The disappearance of the once mighty Aral lake is indeed a tragedy, not only for the local population.
Your light management is as usually spot on, the warm light and the beautiful colors are captivating.
have a great sunday
emka (106570) 2014-03-24 22:47
Czytałam niedawno o tej katastrofie ekologicznej. Ja sie w szkole uczyłam , że to jedno z największych jezior na świecie i pewnie też o wspaniałym pomysle irygacji.. Z pewnością przejmujący to musi byc widok tych statków na pustyni, bardzo smutny, ale jednocześnie co za gratka dla fotografów. Chciałabym to zobaczyc :).
Super nastrojowe zdjecie. Fantastyczne światlo i kolory.
- Copyright: Kasia Nowak (kasianowak) (10401)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-10-04
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Nikon D800
- Exposure: f/11, 1/80 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2014-03-22 9:37
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