Remaining in Yemen in the relatively peaceful days of 1998.
There is not much to say about this photo from the market area of the pleasant city of Taizz, third largest city of Yemen, situated in the southwest, about two thirds of the way from the capital Sanaa to the main harbour of Aden.
I was just passing by when I decided to snap a shot of this crammed shop. The young customer noticed me and turned to greet me just as I pressed the button. Although I greeted him back I probably thought at the time that he had spoiled my photo, but now I am quite pleased with his friendly smile and gesture.
As usual I have scanned this from a Kodachrome slide.
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mesutilgim (83146) 2014-01-23 7:43
Hello dear Gert,
Nice capture of this simple shop in Taizz !
Many wellknown western brands and a lot of eggs . The cans at right are most probably milk powders which came as special UN aids to Yemen and here on sale ! Quite wellknown scenery.
TFS and best regards
COSTANTINO (54600) 2014-01-23 7:46
nice capture of this shop with hundred of
tins and colors
simple daily life in a shop from Yemen
I liked very much your idea
as always it is an impressive shot
adramad (37445) 2014-01-23 8:11
Fabulous composition full of charm, lucky you could visit this country, I did not when I could and now it's impossible.
I love the view of the store with many products on its front and pleasant to the friendly faces of the boys.
Nice color, in these natural tones.
Also both sharpness, such as lighting are great.
Well taken photo. I Like
Enjoy a nice day.
Subhogen (4065) 2014-01-23 8:26
There is so much to view in this fantastic photo of a Yemeni shop. I love the friendly wave and eye contact by this little boy. I am amazed that this shop looks so much like the grocery shop in my locality! Chock a block with various kind of things, all required for our everyday life. Nice shot, thanks for sharing.
rychem (22337) 2014-01-23 8:32
Beautiful scene in a shop with thousands of things, excellentquality of this scanned photo, very well done
saxo042 (37280) 2014-01-23 8:41
Vad kostade äggen här? En fin bild med oerhört många detaljer, här skulle man gärna ha haft en förstoring så att man kunnat se innehållet i alla burkarna.
Vi ses på söndag men vi hämtar dig inte på Landvetter.
Fis2 (84694) 2014-01-23 8:52
Next interesting photo from life dail.
A very interesting shop.
Good frame and colors.
Another reportage shot, from your archive.
Romano46 (17646) 2014-01-23 9:08
tutto il colore e la confusione delle botteghe del medio oriente rivivono splendidamente in questa tua fotografia che, a mio parere, non ha tempo ed è tuttora molto attuale.
La scannerizzazione ovviamente ha fatto perdere qualche dettaglio. ma rimane ancora piuttosto valida anche dal punto di vista tecnico.
Ciao e buona serata
Kamilutka (8095) 2014-01-23 14:20
there is some similarity in the content and the atmosphere with the other photo of your. They both feature older and younger fellow working together at the stall and they both are very warm and nice to watch. Regardless what the boys sell they look cheerful and quite content with their life. I also like the composition of this photo very much - the shelves full of products create busy and colorful environment.
tyro (20090) 2014-01-23 14:26
I agree with you (now) that the inclusion of the young customer giving you a friendly wave is a welcome addition to your photograph, adding some human interest and also letting us realise what a friendly neighbourhood this was.
Crikey! That shop is truly an Aladdin's Cave, stocked with everything imaginable from eggs and dried milk to washing powder and Thermos flasks. You have managed the poor light here extremely well and the composition is good with the people nicely placed in the frame. Good colours and excellent details and sharpness considering that this was copied from a sixteen year old Kodachrome slide.
ourania (30333) 2014-01-23 14:58
I like very much how rich the context of this spontaneous double portrait is. The two people are standing relaxed, friendly and smiling before your lens and the information surrounding them is overwhelming. This photo is a document and a time capsule, telling us so much about daily life in this place through the items and products available to the local people. I agree that the boy's friendly greeting is a great plus, it establishes strong interaction. The light is handled very aptly and there's superb definition on the great range of colours. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely day,
carlo62 (31576) 2014-01-23 15:37
il tuo archivio continua a partorire bellezze.
Una bella foto, sono veramente tanti i particolari da osservare, tutta questa mercanzia mi incuriosisce, alcuni prodotti sono molto conosciuti anche qui da noi, mentre altri non so proprio cosa siano.
rigoletto (34255) 2014-01-23 17:21
hi gert. i had told you how we turks looked like these yemenite people. seriously, looking at the guy behind the desk, i felt like looking at mirror :)) and this small shop with those stuffed shelves is sooo similar to the "bakkal"s in turkey, as you already know. all in all, a very familiar sight for my eyes, yet so attractive with myriads of tiny details and with your heroes radiating positive energy.
adidas5nb (5249) 2014-01-23 21:11
i saw the thumbnail and thought india.but no its yemen.but till date one can find shops like these where u get everything in every nook and corner of india...tells me how places are different and yet similar.
SnapRJW (30915) 2014-01-23 22:03
Hello Gert - I love little shops like this, piled to the roof with essential grocery items. This one looks neater than many I have seen and I imagine the shop does a very good trade. Look at all the fresh eggs! The young boy adds a warm human presence to the scene and I like the fact that your two cultures 'met' in this small exchange. Warm regards Rosemary
subhendu_bagchi (25613) 2014-01-24 1:13
what a shot from this shop with essenceal commodities. Great composition with the little boy along with the seller. Excellent depth and sharp details. Another very good daily life shot. Tfs.
dkmurphys (48542) 2014-01-24 5:47
Everything in the same place! Spectacular chaos of this small store. I see the hospitality of the owner and this is a great thing.
Enjoy the weekend.
serp2000 (39682) 2014-01-24 6:04
Glad to see your fresh archive photo here.
You show us very friendly and peaceful atmosphere in Yemen of 1998. And I see you have got the photos of every street market, for a catalogue, I think ;)
Thanks for your warm words in the comment. Yes, I hope to show my photos in the future.
pajaran (51372) 2014-01-24 6:41
Dobar dan, popodne.
Lep pogled na prodavnicu ...
Dobar rad skeniranjem slajda, lepa fotografija i secanje.
Lepo popodne i sve najbolje za vikend, srecno.
Good afternoon, this afternoon.
Nice view of the store ...
Good work by scanning the slide, beautiful photos and memories.
Nice afternoon and all the best for the weekend, good luck.
emka (77630) 2014-01-24 7:50
Yes, they sells eggs and many more things. And these are just ordinary eggs like anywhere else. Maybe except Asian countries. I saw very strange eggs of different colours and sizes in China in Vietnam and, horrible, eggs with a boiled chicken inside in Thailand. Pleasant composition with smiling seller.
WArm regrads Malgo
eldancer1 (27291) 2014-01-24 7:53
Looks like this small store has everything anybody needs. We have those kind of stores in the Philippines. Friendly vendors and I hope they do a lot of business. You did a wonderful job scanning to retain good photographic qualities. Well done, tfs.
rbassin (17635) 2014-01-24 8:13
un photo très intéressante d'une scène bien composée.
Belle présence humaine dans ce bazar.
Royaldevon (28745) 2014-01-24 8:42
It is always pleasing to have friendly acknowledgements when visiting another country. I think this gesture adds to the genial mood of the shot.
This is like shops used to be many, many years ago, when the corner shop sold absolutely everything! I couldn't believe the range of goods sold in our village shop, there were little drawers all over the shop, full of goods. It was even more surprising that the shopkeeper knew where everything was stored.
This shop follows that trend, except, here, the goods are stacked right up to the roof! Can you imagine serving things from the very topmost shelves! The keeper must have a great sense of balance!
A wonderful daily life shot with real journalistic appeal.
Have a great w/e,
aleXundar (1256) 2014-01-24 8:43
A lovely shot of the everything-available grocery shop with a charming boy. Wonderful composition covering whole of the shop in a tight frame. Superb colors and utilization of light coming from outside of the shop.
Thanks for sharing.
Miguel82 (22939) 2014-01-24 8:56
Many items available in that grocery Gert, the merchants looks peaceful and don't worry about the photo, the eggs are indeed the products more visible, I admit that the seller in the bg reminds me somebody, all the best, see you!
Silvio1953 (120804) 2014-01-24 10:30
Ciao Gert, lovely daili life composition with cute boy and fantastic shoop, nice scene, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
PaulVDV (21965) 2014-01-24 16:59
This small shop is absolutely jam packed.
Nice in Yemen is that there's always time for a friendly gesture or a chat with the stranger who comes along.
Attractive daily life-shot.
Best regards, Paul
kato (11630) 2014-01-24 19:03
You're capturing well this spectacle by a good timing and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the crammed shop which deals with miscellaneous goods, and the owner & young customer. Although a shop is small, it seems to be compartmented by the shelf and to be arranged for every kind. And, it's also impressive in boy's friendly smile watching you.
fabbs99 (16163) 2014-01-24 21:53
Lovely shot of the grocery shop.Thanks for you preservation of this old slide.Keep sharing.
abmdsudi (42754) 2014-01-24 22:17
The composition captivated me, he seemed like an artist in his own right on the way that everything was arranged and stocked up so neatly, a very practical shop owner. I love the expression on the faces of both, a very well shot and processed image - looks like walled-in small provision shop of something that is getting rarer nowadays. The multi colours are real treat for photography, i think despite all the work, he looked so content and that boy further added to make a happy capture of these two colourful figs. Another superb street shot, Congrats
macjake (55664) 2014-01-24 22:26
I was just looking at your travel map on your main page...didn't realize you have traveled to SO MANY countries! wow.
you have to visit Mongolia to fill out your map, and Japan too haha
this is certainly a 'gert' style of photo, right up your alley :)
I do enjoy the little wave of the hand, it does make him seem just that much more friendly.
Can't help but wonder how many times something has fallen and broken the eggs over the years :)
fun photo, lots of subjects to keep our eyes busy
trevormoffiet (3110) 2014-01-25 4:02
Jag håller med om att höjd hand om pojken gör denna bild omedelbart tilltalande. Efter huvudmotivet har absorberats, är den omgivande detaljer i den här bilden är ganska lockande för en betraktare att utforska.
kasianowak (5978) 2014-01-25 4:49
Wow, Yemen. You have been everywhere!
I like the variety of goods on sale here. Nicely framed image and well captured poses and expressions. You are right - this friendly gesture really makes the image.
Nicou (120596) 2014-01-26 0:49
quelle vue et iamge de cette boutique ce magasin sueprbe en tout cas il y a des ufs et de nombreux produit sueprbe scène avec ces deux hommes merveilleux.
Bravo et amitié
photographer_sg (3829) 2014-01-26 10:35
lovely composition full of vibrant colours.
I loved the engaging composition achieved with the items of everyday use. The two boys bring the picture to life. Thanks for sharing and have a great week ahead.
Graal (96865) 2014-01-26 11:33
nice photo and scan. Fine theme about the daily life in Yemen in '98. Good portraits and interesting interior of shop. Photo I like.
Have a nice evening.
jcpix (13596) 2014-01-26 18:42
I'd be quite pleased with this as well, it's a super shot! There feels to be a real connection here, both people looking your direction, and one with a friendly wave, is an immediate attraction and evokes an acknowledgment. I'm always fascinated by local shops and their wares, so much fun to scan over all of the various items. Certainly not a place an American like me would be welcomed much these days...so it's very interesting to get a peek into an "unknown world." This would have been an interesting photo regardless, but the inclusion of these two young men really make it impactful. Enjoy the week ahead.
Waylim (25186) 2014-01-27 18:49
Excellent photo, this amost looks like my shop in Laos. Selling just about everyday things from soaps to candies and food. NO eggs though. Candy was not the best thing for I ate more than I sell. I could have been this boy, maybe younger when I was still in Laos.
Thanks for sharing a very nostalgic image for me.
gildasjan (41556) 2014-02-01 9:37
Bien vu le salut complice de ce jeune garçon pour la réalisation de cette image riche en éléments.
jhm (138372) 2014-02-03 3:39
As scanned picture very well done, we get a very good sight on the shop with the seller and son as big sellers.
Sharpness and colours make these picture attractive.
A nice composition, excellent captured.
Nice done, TFS.
Have a nice week,
Angshu (55407) 2014-02-03 22:49
The shop can be even in India...the people look pretty much the same, the merchandise, the way the shop looks with goods stacked...like our neighbourhood grocers. Interesting as to how similar we are...Nice DL work!
UlfE (14641) 2014-02-04 11:06
En väldigt fin vardagsscen. Mängden varor som finns i butiken är imponerande och ditt val av ett vertikalt bildformat att du fått med det mesta de har att erbjuda. Leendena och pojkens höjda hand till en hälsning ger bilden ett trevligt intryck. Ha en bra kväll!
John_F_Kennedy (42062) 2014-02-06 3:23
a nice local shop with the hundred of eggs. It is interesting view
imageme (1655) 2014-02-07 12:11
Hi Gert, This looks like a store that sells essential stuffs for daily life. It is so familiar to me because we had so many of that in my birth place. You are very generous to share your journey experiences in Yemen during the year of 98' with TE members. I feel this boy not only welcome you but also to us too with his friendly smile. You photos are so realistic and welcome. Great colours and nice crop which show the height of the store. Thank for sharing
mirosu (13340) 2014-02-12 1:55
Excellent photo of nice small local shop. Very typical for many Asian countries, especially in Middle East, South and Southeast Asia. You have captured the shopkeeper and his young assistant very well.
Very well done.
mcmtanyel (12553) 2014-02-13 21:20
An excellent, well preserved slide was scanned very skillfully. This photo is a feast to the eyes with all sorts of colors and shapes. And in between all those inanimate objects, two very different persons, one very stiff and another very casual.
A great photo, congratulations & TFS.
jacquest (18587) 2014-02-14 9:27
I never saw so much different stuff in a single photo frame. Good daily life scene from this country with an amical gesture not planned by the photographer.
adores (36329) 2014-02-17 5:20
This series is wonderful! I see they used Ariel also:)! So much to see here and so many eggs. And it seems they are apprecciating your presence and the moment. Perfect daily scene!
jmdias (54635) 2014-03-29 6:49
marvelous opportunity you had to visit this country when the things weren't so hard for visitors.
the compo is amazing with these personages and the lines, colors and shapes of the many good we can see here. TFS this little treasure from analogical time.
nikkitta (14668) 2014-03-29 13:31
I reviewed your Yemen captures and just find this, seems speial for me, a market lover, this is a great interesting subject with lots of items on show, to watch and admire, arabian letters to begin with
Good for you, the kind actitude of the boy, it adds charm at the capture, but why on earth so manuy eggs?
Very well done
Tigerlily (3075) 2014-04-27 12:05
Yeah, I have to agree with your thought now..:-D because people don't want to be photographed now, his wave made a friendly conversation with the viewers...Thanks Gert.