Damacus Gate is one of the eight gates in the wall around Jerusalem, built in the 16th century by the Ottoman ruler Suleiman the Magnificent. There is a constant flow of pedestrian traffic through it so I had a wait for a gap to shoot this image of three Palestinian women selling vegetables just inside the gate. The horizontal lines behind them are layers of iron cladding the wooden gate.
This was one roll of film which dissappointed. Not sure what happened to it, but many of the images turned out very grainy and milky looking. This was one of them, hence the choice of B&W.
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phwall (6785) 2010-01-30 20:04
You may be disappointed but not me, I think it's a fantastic shot.
The look on the faces of the women is sensational, and really helped by the grainy black and white qualities of the image. The woman on the bottom right has so much character in her face, I love her posture, so proud looking.
Composition is excellent so too the perspective.
The light is wonderful, the way the woman's face, on bottom right, seems to emerge from the darkness contributes so much to the mood of the shot.
A fine effort, my compliments.
ribeiroantonio (22637) 2010-01-30 20:25
I am finding it curious to see the political statement when you located the shot in Palestine.
Otherwise, the picture is simply wonderful.
sid_sn (171) 2010-01-30 20:25
This is very natural shot and particularly worked on black & white, good composition thanks for sharing
Juzo (4231) 2010-01-30 21:02
Stunning and atmospheric image. The gritty tone and excellent light. The pose of the women, especially the one to our lower right, is just amazing, natural and elegant. Great work.
Hellas (7017) 2010-01-30 22:26
This post focuses on the power of documentary photography!
Never mind about the flawlessness but the intensity and depth of feeling that characterize a photograph!
Thanks for sharing,
sayeed_rahman (6459) 2010-01-30 22:29
Love the intent and the final presentation stephen..I dont mind if the rolls get spoiled and give birth to such grains and scratches, aesthetically the strongest in the frame..the subject too has been brilliantly captured..
Great shot brother, have a good sunday
skippy007 (12510) 2010-01-31 2:00
Hello Steve, Your PP work due to it's original shortcomings has produced an image that has atmosphere & enormous appeal, could easily pass for a scene from 1940's.
delpeoples (59844) 2010-01-31 2:25
Hi Steve, I like the grain, it makes the women seem like ghosts, which, when looking at the timeline of this gate and what happens here, they probably are. I like the B&W - excellent triple portrait. TFS and enjoy your Sunday evening, Lisa
Clementi (52514) 2010-02-02 1:45
I believe that the effect created by the ruined film is unique, a photo with a very beautiful atmosphere, is not personally disappointed any result, I like a lot rather indeed it
holmertz (59748) 2010-02-09 3:50
This looks like a picture that could have been taken a hundred years earlier, in 1890. I can understand your disappointment with the film, but the result is a very interesting photo where the looks and positions of the women are far more important than sharpness and clarity.
I also support your choice of "Palestine", since the Israeli annexation of eastern Jerusalem is condemned by the rest of the world.
macondo (19806) 2010-02-13 20:51
Just found this quite extraordinary shot of yours. It has not only a timeless look, but the lighting/shadows and the graininess make it seem like it was photographed secretly; perhaps it was. Anyway, the effect is one that is usually described in TE as 'documentary'. Those pock marks in the metal sheets look like the indentations of bullets. I like the way the headscarves of the women become focal points in the shadowy space they occupy, the lower women seeming to loom out of the shadows. A really good b/w scanning job.
- Copyright: Stephen Harnett (SteveH) (6405)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 1990-07-00
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
- Camera: Minolta X-700 35mm SLR, Fuji 200 color
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2010-01-30 18:46
- Favorites: 1 [view]