I took this shot from exactly the same spot as my last post – the photograph of the letter writer’s shop – except this is looking 180 degrees in the other direction. It will give you an idea of what the backstreets of Muhurraq look like.
The brown building in the middle is Beit Seyadi (which means Seyadi House) which is one of the few remaining well preserved examples of 19th century architecture in Bahrain. The house used to belong to a wealthy pearl merchant (I assume his name must have been Seyadi but I couldn’t find any information to confirm that). Pearling was Bahrain’s main source of wealth before the discovery of oil.
On the left is an old mosque, with its condom-shaped minaret which must be typical of the early mosques in this region because I’ve seen similar ones further down the coast in Qatar and Abu Dhabi.
In the middle is the only other foreigner that I saw on my walk around Muhurraq – I like places like that – they don’t feel ‘touristy’ (maybe I should have asked him if he was a TrekEarther too). He was taking a photograph of the mosque, and had a decent looking SLR, so maybe we'll see his shot on TE too.
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ben4321 (9875) 2007-03-10 11:59
Interesting architecture and a well composed photo taken in good light.
Personally I would have preferred it without the other tourist in shot, the cyclist adds enough life I think.
Other than that I like it, good work.
riclopes (35577) 2007-03-10 14:48
Olá David, you are going to conquer the world, aren't you? There isn't much left to turn everything yellow in your map ;-)
Very interesting architecture, with a funny condom shape. The composition is good and the beautiful color on the sky makes a nice contrast. I actualy kind of like the inclusion of the photographer. Love such non-touristic places.
Nice to know what's behind you as well, to have a better context of this place.
Henryk_Bilor (20799) 2007-03-11 3:06
Intriguing shape of the tower - it has even ears :). Nice capture - interesting architecture and good light.
Have a nice day.
PixelTerror (0) 2007-03-11 9:58
Considering those countries are a bit less featured on TE than Oia or Koh Samui, small wonder you had the great chance to wander there nearly alone, I like very much the architecture and the rather unusual minaret, and the guy adds some touristic action to it, on the right side it gives the impression to lean a bit with the distortion, possibly a minor adjustment there would be a benefit ?
Have a nice sunday,
kensimage (8561) 2007-03-12 0:45
A very curious place, David. That condom shape is pretty weird--it sort of says, hey wimp, my minaret's bigger than yours. It reminds me of San Gimignano, Italy, the town in Tuscany where men of various clans competed to see who could build the tallest tower. Anyway, nice composition, and again you've brought us a place few of us will ever see--thanks! Regards, Ken.
capthaddock (28790) 2007-03-12 16:29
Hi David - I had a 36 hour stopover there 7 years ago, and remember nothing as interesting as these structures, just a couple of dull forts. The spade patterns are interesting, and what a naughty looking minaret!
jinju (14265) 2007-03-14 0:36
You sure have a varied gallery...so many countries...
I like your verticality here. The person gazing upwards really accentuates this fature of the shot. I couldnt think of a better situation, though maybe somebody pointing up wouldnt be bad either.
Beautiful colors and technically very good.
anducina (8407) 2007-03-14 14:08
Interesting and picturesque architecture on the BG of the blue sky. Very good compo, framing and light.
devimeuxbe (58557) 2007-03-16 9:14
interesting vision on this architecture. The light is beautifull. The sharpness and the colors also.
Contrasts between the 2 architecturals styles in nice
PJE (20758) 2007-03-17 22:29
Hello David. The thought occurred to me that the sides of the old mosque shows what looks like a speaker cone shape that might be used to call people to prayer. A very interesting place from one of many of the places that you travel to share with trekkers. Good work David. Thanks!!
Didi (55119) 2007-03-18 4:08
Very interesting and original architecture of the old Arab period.
Nice lights ambiance.
elmec (12210) 2007-03-18 6:01
Very interesting shot!
I like the delicate colours of the architecture and interesting composotion with photographer!
Very good done!
john_c (24662) 2007-03-26 16:38
Well composed with very fine lighting and shadow effects. I like the contrast between the mosque minaret and the 19th century building, which nicely balance one another in the frame. A crisp clear shot. You managed to capture this scene without any crowding of the frame. Cheers, David.
Charo (51210) 2007-04-09 16:39
Una arquitectura muy interesante, con una luz y nitidez excelente.
Flavia (10352) 2007-04-11 8:27
Nice to see something comletely different form any thing I've seem before. I like the architecture. Nice light, the beautiful blue sky makes a good contrast to the yelowish buildings.
muriel (69) 2007-05-27 18:50
i don't see anything nice or interesting on this picture.
Can anyone help me out?
- Copyright: David Astley (banyanman) (7789)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-12-06
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D100, Nikkor AF-S 24-120/3.5-5.6G ED, Circular PL
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/350 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
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- Date Submitted: 2007-03-10 11:48
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