This is a re-post of a photo from 1998, originally uploaded on TE in 2007. I have re-scanned it and I believe the colours have been a bit improved.
Here is the old note:
Water melons are great for quenching the thirst in hot climates. This is from the main street of Taizz, the third largest city of Yemen.
A scan of a Kodachrome slide, shot with a Canon F-1.
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mesutilgim (89070) 2012-02-29 12:44
What a nice daily life scene with perfect pov and layout.
TFS and best regards
ourania (36366) 2012-02-29 13:35
great and interesting daily scene, very sharp with lovely vivid colours. I like this view in the circle of men delighting in looking at or tasting the delicious watermelons. Very nice and intense expressions.
All the best,
Royaldevon (33385) 2012-02-29 14:50
Another very competent scan.
Your pov uses the group of men to great advantage, using them to confine the viewer's interest to the action in the f/g and m/g where there are so many interesting details to absorb.
The men, unaware of your presence, present an very interesting group whose expressions, body language and apparel, we can study without embarrassment.
My warm regards,
emka (86391) 2012-02-29 23:38
Amazing you series from Yemen. Haha, funny scene. I like most the man on the right with this big knife, he must be careful not to harm himself. yes watermeton are good when it is hot, as it is mainly water. Usually they are in big piles, here they are just ready to eat. And where are the women, not thirsty?
have a nice day
BennyV (14357) 2012-03-01 0:35
Great picture with fine scan quality. My favourite element is the man on the right. His position leads us into the scene, a composition reminding me of some 17th-18th century paintings.
And I always appreciate a musical reference in a title. :)
wolf38 (31284) 2012-03-01 1:38
Hello Gert. A beautiful and vivid picture of a market in Yemen. The watermelons are extremely popular. They are harmless, and therefore highly recommended. Not recommended ice cold drinks on the market, because the ice is not clean. The photo pleases me very well. Rgds, Wolfgang.
sacimar (26205) 2012-03-01 5:49
you have improved the image colors for sure in this new version, I like the scene you captured here, it's an interesting image of daily life, well done,
dkmurphys (52697) 2012-03-01 9:22
Lovely street scene. I like the colors of the melons, one of my favorite fruit. Well catch, good work.
Have a nice evening.
TopGeo (38208) 2012-03-01 10:24
Hello Gert. An amazing portraits and informations you have caught a very spontaneous and fresh scene, in a very special atmosphere. A good quality of image, a great sharpness a very interesting composition.
Nice work. Perfect theme about the daily life in Yemen
Have a nice day. Best regards,
bebbetto (36) 2012-03-01 10:39
Excellent document from a country now in great difficulties. The scan is very well done.
Beautiful scene, very natural.
vasilpro (41099) 2012-03-01 12:35
Wonderful daily life composition, beautiful street market scene, excellent details and clarity, lovely light and colors, very nice POV and timing, TfS!
pajaran (55013) 2012-03-01 23:19
Vrlo interesantan trenutak, lubenica na kriske i kupci ...
Dobar trenutak snimka i prikaz, lepe boje.
Dobar rad skeniranjem.
Imajte lep i uspesan dan.
Sve najbolje sa lepim secanjem posetu pijaci i 1998. godinu.
A very interesting moment, watermelon slices and customers ...
Good time recording and display, beautiful colors.
Good work by scanning.
Have a nice and successful day.
All the best with a nice memory of visiting the market and 1998. year.
Graal (100106) 2012-03-01 23:40
an interesting documental photo from Your archive. Good scan. Nice scene and theme about the daily life in Yemen. Fine colours and POV.
Have a nice day.
macondo (18623) 2012-03-02 1:37
A good, spontaneous daily life shot, and a pretty pleasing scan of the old photo. The watermelon looks the right colour, anyway. I like the apparent concentration of the men on this humble food, as they bite into it. There seems to be some serious haggling going on, as well, as that young guy waves his money about. And that over-size knife! Is it just for cutting up the melon or does it have a more sinister purpose? The water melon itself makes a strong focal point near the mid-point of the picture.
saxo042 (37666) 2012-03-02 7:14
Still a very fine picture and this new version is clearly improved. The colours here are indeed much better. What was the price for a slice of watermelon?
agjika (3616) 2012-03-02 9:45
You seem to have been quite busy on TE lately! As always of a very original photo. As for the water melons whilst they are very good when it is hot they also need a lot of water to grow.
bukitgolfb301 (37718) 2012-03-02 13:43
Hi my dear Gert
Sorry for my late reply, as I am still sufferring from a light pneumonia, getting well very slowly.
Another great daily life shot as your own originality and taste! Very natural but also very significant!
I can perceive the smell of thier real life.
Perfect framework and well considered composition as usual! Thanks for your sharinig with finest work and have a good Saturday!
Takero from Tokyo
bayno (18344) 2012-03-03 10:12
glances serious and perhaps embarrassed by your lens, good scene with beautiful colors and well framed...excellent shot..
golus (2893) 2012-03-03 14:29
This is a perfect example of a daily life shot with vey interesting details to comprehend a discrete culture. Wahat I like most here is the natural reactions of the native people without knowing that they are being photographed. The composition is very effective with ten people doing different things but the collaborative effect of the scene is just amazing. Great colors with exquisite sharpness too. I liked it very much. Thanks for sharing. Best wishes,
Nicou (130007) 2012-03-03 20:56
sueprbe scène et iamge colorée animée avec la vue sur ces tands quelle compo et vue quelle animation et couleur rouge des pastèques, sueprbe.
Bravoe t amitié
kato (11630) 2012-03-04 3:36
People's life view and people's expression in this country are well described from this photograph. It's interesting in the spectacle in which put a watermelon on a stand and it is selling it by the piece. It's impressive in the thing in which a watermelon is slender unlike the round form of our country. Moreover, traditional clothes are seen by several persons and become study.
siamesa (27763) 2012-03-06 13:57
Boa noite Gert
I love watermelon. I can see that the format of the fruit is a bit different of the fruits that we have here. But I'm surely that the flavor is delicious.
Angshu (56568) 2012-03-07 4:48
The quality is certainly better here. Its true about watermelons. They are sold a lot in India as well in the summer months. Like the activity around the fruit...different expressions of 'satisfaction', while the seller seems to be in a bargaining mood.
serp2000 (42056) 2012-03-08 2:03
Good quality of re-scanned photo. An interesting photo, their watermelon have some strange shapes. Like a melon or marrow squash. Good presentation of that quiet peacefull country.
batalay (36958) 2012-03-08 5:06
I have enjoyed your posts from Yemen immensely. The scan is exceptionally good, considering how delectable the watermelon appears. I can hear and smell the marketplace culture. What is most gratifying is that you are not imposing yourself into the scene. No one in the crowd is watching the camera.
abmdsudi (46848) 2012-03-08 8:07
I am back again after much rest and now trying to pick up the usual momentum again!
I go for this one, three are lots of improvement than the earlier version in partuticular the vivid red melons look really mouth-watering and better overall color rendition. Great viewpoint and composition, good fruit stand with loads of interest, a big window into the world and the background gives the context of hectic environment. The crowd fill the frame nicely and just the right place too and interestingly none makes an eye contact but the contrasting colours of the melons definately hold the picture together nicely. Excellent archiving, reproduction and photo journalism as usual. Well done
eldancer1 (32015) 2012-03-10 9:24
Mmmmm! Those watermelons look delicious! Very nice documentation with good details. Wonderful colors. Very well done, tfs.
siolaw (38292) 2012-03-11 9:33
Watermelon seems to be extremely popular and customers are plenty! Interesting street scene with nobody seeming disturbed by a foreign photographer.
archimatica (20421) 2012-03-13 13:50
Great photojournalistic work, the scene is spontaneous and well selected.
Very well done also scan!
COSTANTINO (59851) 2012-03-26 12:37
thanks for sharing with us photos
like this one with a great
originality,I like this
view,it looks nice and
papera (14158) 2012-04-21 11:37
ah, these are watermelons like the ones my father used to buy in summer, long and big and heavy and sweet, so sweet... there's nothing better than that on a hot day :)
it's a beautiful scene, rich in colour and details, the colours and details of life, the gestures that make us all the same (human beings with needs and desires).
it's always a pleasure to travel with you :)
Vasa (16816) 2013-09-19 15:49
That is superb shot, Gert. You are on the best place for optimal composition. Proud of your work, friend!
Miguel82 (26541) 2014-12-13 7:41
these guys are eating water melons just after buying them to the merchant