Yet another re-post of a photo from Yemen in 1998. Originally uploaded in 2007, now rescanned and hopefully improved.
An elderly gentleman passing his time on a sidewalk in Sanaa after a light meal, his granddaughter (I guess) sitting beside him. Like almost every other Yemeni man he keeps his curved dagger, jambiya, inside his belt. A jambiya is not for fighting, it's not even sharp, it's purely an accessory and without it a Yemeni man would feel only half dressed, like a Western businessman without his tie. The design of the jambiya is supposed to show which clan the owner belongs to.
A scan of a Kodachrome slide taken with a Canon F-1.
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emilbo (22616) 2012-03-06 8:06
Un beau retour en arrière avec cette magnifique photo et bon résultat de "sacn". L'essence principale de la photo, soit l'homme et l'enfant sont parfaitement placés dans la composition, les regards sont intéressants et les couleurs sont superbes.
Toutes mes félicitations,
yquem46 (38752) 2012-03-06 8:14
Another good old one, and not bad at all for a scan
I like your explanation concerning the jambiya
have a nice evening
siolaw (38294) 2012-03-06 8:16
It has improved as it has a more natural feel to the colours. The scene is typical and tells a lot about the local culture and customs.
saxo042 (37966) 2012-03-06 8:16
An icredible difference between these two versions. The old version looks more like a sepia photo compared the this one, whre all colours are clear and intense. The motive is as good as before, an interesting capture of daily life.
Yiannis84 (2824) 2012-03-06 8:22
intersting capture from the streets of Sanna..i really like how you framed the scene! very nice expression:) very well done.
tyro (26142) 2012-03-06 8:53
A fine composition of an older man (I'm not saying "elderly" because I am a grandpa too!) with his granddaughter, very well seen and taken. It looks as though they have just finished a snack, she is having a glass of cola and he is having a postprandial cigarette while sporting his colourful jambiya.
I have spent a little time comparing this picture wih your original version. There is no doubt that the colours in this version are truer and the detail is perhaps better defined but, actually, I really like the original version and, dare I say it, I think I might actually prefer it too - it has a lovely softness to it.
Whatever the choice, this was a well seen and well captured moment!
lousat (97605) 2012-03-06 9:08
Hi Gert,beautiful pov and magnificent pic,i like the colors and the magic light,perfect work of scannering too.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
Bluejeans (64251) 2012-03-06 11:07
Ola Gert ,
Uma cboa composição de vida diária com este homem e a sua filha a comer junto a esta porta , bom trabalho de scan , parabéns !!
Um abraço Gonçalo
Waylim (25436) 2012-03-06 11:27
I like the new version with more saturated colors and more contrast, I also like the original with smoother and softer texture. Maybe something in between would be ideal :)
ciakgiak (30433) 2012-03-06 12:35
Anche se scennerizzata la qualità dell'immagine sembra più che buona.
Ma una scena del genere va al di là della qualità, la bambina sul gradino con l'uomo seduto accanto sono due soggetti molto emozionanti.
Un caro saluto.
dkmurphys (64607) 2012-03-06 13:50
Picturesque street scene. Poverty or different culture? Whatever the answer would be, the photo is sure impressive.
Have a good night.
vasilpro (41661) 2012-03-06 14:01
Wonderful daily life scene from the streets of Yemen back in 1998, excellent POV, beautiful double portrait, very good quality for an old and scanned photo, TfS!
Have a nice evening, Vasilis.
Miguel82 (27752) 2012-03-06 16:11
nice pov and colors
bayno (18344) 2012-03-06 19:20
Always beautiful your scan, I love the scene and the fair expression of the grandfather and the child, the bulk Jambiya makes its effect even though is not as sharp as you say, very nice also the BG with the old door, light and colors are beautiful...
have a good day...
wolf38 (31296) 2012-03-06 22:44
Hello Gert. Grandfather and granddaughter - that's a matter of the heart, understanding and respect. The traditional dress in harmony with the whole ambience. Overall, s beautiful and worth seeing photo. A scan of a slide good technical quality. Rgds, Wolfgang.
jjcordier (79297) 2012-03-07 0:00
Une très jolie scène que tu as capturée là. Le scan et le posttraitement de l'image sont bien meilleurs que lors de ton premier post.
Nicou (151104) 2012-03-07 0:51
Très belle compo et iamge sueprbe scène et cpatage le Monsieur avec ce jeune sur le plaier danvant la maison quelle attitude quel rendu dans les tons grandisoe compo.
Bravo et amitié
ktanska (29277) 2012-03-07 11:42
Excellent double portrait from a rarely visited place, full of local culture. I can sense they were curious about you too. Amazing how much colours can change between two scans. This is of course closer to reality, but harmonous tones of the older one don't look bad either.
mesutilgim (97504) 2012-03-07 12:01
Hello dear Gert,
Another topclass capture from Yemen !
Very good layout and nice balancede colors and many interesting details.
TFS and best regards
SteveH (6405) 2012-03-08 2:18
Hi Gert, very Yemen - I know what was in that bowl, for sure, fasoulia. My favourite. On the re-scan must say I'm not sure and wonder if backing off a bit on the contrast would have been better, preserving more of his white gown - perhaps a partial masking? Cheers, Steve
Glint (6171) 2012-03-08 12:10
I don't remember seeing the original and so I am pleased to come upon this.You have chosen an excellent low pov that is sympathetic to your subjects. Because of this you make eye contact. Well composed too using the rule of thirds.As ever, I find yourphotos from your travels fascinating.
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2012-03-08 12:25
I haven't see your other version and hence no comparison. This is a nice daily life shot where this elderly gentleman sitting in a unique position(a common way of sitting in India) with his cigarette half smoked in his fingers. The green jambia looks so proud and safe tucked in his belt. I like the color contrast here. He is dressed in lighter colored clothes and the girl in darker clothes.From the surroundings I can see that these people look definitely cash strapped . Nice documentary shot from Yemen.
TopGeo (38216) 2012-03-08 16:24
Hello Gert you have caught a very spontaneous and fresh scene, A good quality of image with the men sat on the earth looking at a side, with another child behind him and the facilities of the Fair, in a very special atmosphere.Best regards
emka (106804) 2012-03-08 23:15
Another interesting shot from Yemen. It is strange that they have the daggers with them all the time. I would feel a bit unsafe seeing it, even if it is only for decoration. Interesting note. Good quality of the old scan.
Warm regards Malgo
Graal (103038) 2012-03-08 23:54
another interesting photo from Your archive. Good Yemen serie. Fine portraits and reportage about the daily life in one. Good scan.
Have a nice day.
Kielia (24077) 2012-03-09 5:12
another very nice document of a different lifestyle! The composition is excellent and I like how the elderly man and the little girl (she is obviously a bit shy) are posing for the photographer. My compliments also for the nice note!
mursaloglu (8682) 2012-03-09 5:17
I like this touching daily scene greatcolors and wonderful compo. Bravo ihsan
UlfE (14641) 2012-03-09 12:26
A superb shot. I do not think the composition could be better than this and the lighting was very good. You could see every detail. I really enjoy that you could see that the man and girl must be relatives. Despite the diffence in age and sex they are sort of look-a-likes. Expressions and poses are very much the
same. TFS and ha en bra helg!
bukitgolfb301 (45143) 2012-03-09 21:15
Hi my dear Gert
Sorry for my late reaction.
I still enjoy your Yemen sereis very much.
This is another attractive shot as your trademark thema and style! Perfect framework and exposure are as usual.
Wondeful to see at weekend, indeed.
Thanks for your sharinig with finest posting and have a good Saturday!
Takero from rainy Tokyo
Angshu (56760) 2012-03-09 23:02
The man looks intent looking at you, his jambiya quite prominent. Nicely balanced composition with the tray of food in the centre. Nice daily life image & a fine scan as always
Budapestman (82620) 2012-03-10 5:27
a beautiful double portrait with nice composition and superb details. Great daily life photo, Tfs! Have a nice weekend! Kellemes hétvégét kívánok!
agjika (3177) 2012-03-11 3:43
Great shot and note. I have seen quite of hew photos from Yemen lately and all men and boys seem to wear these daggers. I am surprised to hear that they are not for any real use! It seems quite a big burden to me to carry them everywhere purely for cosmetic purpose. Albanians, especially Northern Albanians use to carry guns constantly (before world war II) they were an essential part of being a man. Unlike these daggers however they had a role to play! I read once in a book that in order to persuade the Albanians to convert into Muslims the Ottomans used to let them wear their guns. E.g. would you like to remain a Christian and loose your gun or become a Muslim and kept it?
Back to the photo. I am not familiar with this sort of eating with your fingers, their hands seem clean, how did they manage it?
Thanks for sharing
Royaldevon (43417) 2012-03-11 11:48
A wonderful record of people from a whole different culture and, yet, the love and care between children and grandparents is just as unshakable.
There are excellent details to browse over.
It is a good job the knife is not sharp; it could cause some serious damage!
My warm regards,
annjackman (21903) 2012-03-11 12:50
A lovely family group and I would also guess that he is grandpa. I read John's (Tyro) comments about comparison with the original. I agree that there is a lovely softness that is a little lost with this version. However, both versions have their merits. What I like the most is the simplicity of the family grouping giving a lovely moment captured - wonderful.
Kind Regards, Ann
abmdsudi (57728) 2012-03-12 1:12
Two pairs of eyes are better than one and pict worth thousand words!
Simple daily short that offers lots of props that add to the ye olde feel and charm of this place. This limited space is packed with bags of minute detail and so much to absorb; the graffiti, rustic wall, door etc. and of course those two characters and that traditional dagger but they both brought this shot to life! Superb natural color rendition, contrats and exposure, another great shot of yours so worth archiving for future ref. Congrats, have a great day.
Ricx (13495) 2012-03-14 12:13
HiGert, I enjoy your human interest images. Lovely posting of the two across two generations. Nice sharp,bright and colourful. Well posted. Rich
eldancer1 (36343) 2012-03-15 9:07
Very nice documentary, a close knit family is very important. I would be proud to be this beautiful child's grandfather. Great pov and dof with nice details. Well done, tfs.
RhodieIke (11744) 2012-03-16 12:47
Hi Gert, And does'nt he look proud, you have captured this so well, splendid colours, light and management, love her cheeky face, Trust you had a good week, Cheers Iain.
aloyho (6798) 2012-03-19 21:47
I would first congratulate you on the successful scan and PP works. I am sure many more precious shots can now be saved and be appreciated.
What I like most for this shot is the inclusion of part of the door. It not only added depth but also added the element of curiosity while showing a welcoming attitude of its inhabitant. I also love the detailed textures visible in the shot and the spot on lighting. Great piece of work!!
skippy007 (12510) 2012-04-02 4:33
Hello Gert, Interesting daily life scene, much more colourful & alive, I think, than your original post. I like your informative note, I think you explained the curved dagger on a previous note if I am not mistaken. Looks as though the child had some fun on the wall with some coloured chalk, quite acceptable perhaps. Nice capture & very well reproduced.
kennyblack (4207) 2012-04-06 9:36
I see you have a lot of passion for the local folklore of the places you visit and this is a wonderful feature. I have traveled a lot but not at the time taking pictures. I really like this your very expressive image very well imagined and realized. Excellent color and lively as the whole composition.
Greetings and best wishes for good evening ... Marino
Didi (60590) 2012-04-06 11:31
This is an interesting local scene, the little girl looks shy
Good scan quality
ourania (51079) 2012-12-03 11:54
a very well captured and presenred scene from the daily life of these people in a remote country. I like very much the way depth and perspective work discreetly and effectively to make this close view more comfortable. The sharply rendered details and textures allow us to understand some aspects of daily life there. The new version has brighter light and colours which have offered more naturalness, a delightful mood and a more important role to the little girl. What hasn't changed is the penetrating, intriguing and captivating glance of her grandpa, it gives to the photo a very special quality. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
fritzi007 (12430) 2015-02-05 13:05
sehr gutes Zeitdokument über dem Jemen und der guten, alten Zeit, nur heute ist es sicher sehr schwierig, den Jemen zu bereisen, ich denke da an den islamischen Staat, gratuliere dir zu deinen Foto und Bericht!
jmdias (68691) 2016-11-11 5:04
like brazilian indians who used different feathers and paintings in the face to show what would be their tribes, or peruvian ones who modified their cranium to be different. interesting this parallel with these dagger.
nice image with many details of these personages.