This is not really just "somewhere" in the Sahara desert. This is precisely in a small oasis called El Goléa, roughly some 800 km straight south of Algiers. I just couldn't think of what else to call this picture.
I took this photo on September 25, 1975, probably around 10:30, judging from what I had written in my diary from that journey. I only had vague memories of El Goléa being nice and hot, but the diary confirmed that. I had described how I turned into a narrow road at random and walked between the palm groves, enjoying the pleasant sounds of water running through the irrigation ditches and the light breeze gently swaying the branches.
"I met several people coming my way, adults and children, and most of them greeted me nicely, even several women, most of whom didn't even wear a veil".
As I set out on foot through the oasis I noted that it wasn't too hot. Later in the day, early afternoon, I realized that I was near collapsing from the heat. By then it must have been around 45 °C. While it was still fairly cool, like maybe 38 °C, I even managed to climb that hill twice. I had to go back to the hotel to fix my camera but immediately returned to the hill. At the top were the ruins of a 9th or 10th century Berber fortress. I also noted in the diary that "the view wasn't too bad".
In a workshop I will post a picture from the palm grove, seen from above. Both photos were of course scanned from Kodachrome slides. You can see larger versions of both by right-clicking and opening them in a new window.
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rychem (24022) 2013-09-01 8:49
You have a great collection of old historical photos, all of high quality, this here is an interesting one, beautiful view with vivid contrasting colors, well done
Nicou (123272) 2013-09-01 9:10
merveilleuse vue e tiamge avec ce personnage n habit et le blanc qui ressort de cet ensemble ocre brun avec les beaux palmiers ce mur ces contrastes quelle ensemble.
Bravo et amitié
saxo042 (37578) 2013-09-01 9:12
En väldigt bra bild, förutsättningarna att ta bra bilder måste ju ha varit mycket goda med ljusbrun sand, gröna palmer och en klarblå himmel. Jag roade mig med att klicka på ortsnamnet högst upp och såg att du lagt upp en annan bild härifrån, för mer än fyra år sedan. Jag måste ju säga att din efterbehandlingsteknik gått oerhört mycket framåt sedan den förra uppladdningen.
subhendu_bagchi (25818) 2013-09-01 9:35
Namaste Gert, it was really a great catch from the oasis town. Excellent photo quality though it is scanned from a 38years old slide. Great to see the locals house which you presented nicely with fine depth. Like the mountain at background. Like also the view which can be seen from the top. A superb presentation. Tfs.
dkmurphys (50030) 2013-09-01 9:53
Very beautiful capture from the desert. The person dressed in white is the perfect attraction point of the image. Well seen, have a fine evening.
mohammad_H (9476) 2013-09-01 10:22
The heat is unbearable in desert areas, but for that I'm living in temperate areas, being used to the heat after a while it gets to be endured, that I have a very beautiful image archives, showing the unique
Romano46 (18466) 2013-09-01 10:55
trovo sempre più apprezzabile la tua iniziativa di riproporre vecchie foto trasferite in digitale dal Kodakrome perchè ci permette di prendere visione di realtà che a volte ancora esistono, ma che spesso sono state stravolte dalla civiltà che avanza.
Sono certo che la tranquillità e la serenità di questo luogo del Sahara oggi è ben diversa da quella di quella della ripresa, tanto più che già cominciava ad essere nota agli operatori turistici che la includevano nei primi rari tour.
Ottimi i colori e splendida la composizione per la magica contrapposizione dei colori forti dell'ambiente.
Ciao e buona serata
pajaran (52614) 2013-09-01 12:02
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst o mestu, sa datim podacima ...
Lepa fotografija i secanje na 1975. godinu.
Lepa fotografija u radionici.
Kako danas izgleda ovo mesto ...
Prijatno vece i sve najbolje.
Very interesting and good article about the place, with the given data ...
Beautiful photos and memories of in 1975. year.
Beautiful pictures in the workshop.
How this place looks today ...
Good evening and all the best.
ourania (32127) 2013-09-01 12:13
I've never seen pictures like these but I've imagined them while reading books. I'm absolutely stunned by the vividness of this photo and by the thrill to see what was a vague reconstruction of a written description materialize with such depth, so accurate textures and so many details. I love the light and the colours that are very strong but feel so natural too. Your composition includes a great part of the scenery, the human presence is imposing and interesting, it's amazing to think of this area as a daily life setting. The workshop picture has a fascinating graphical quality and an irresistible sense of mystery. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely week,
Fis2 (86309) 2013-09-01 12:18
A very interesting place.
I like POV and composition.
Excellent colors and sharpness.
Very impressive picture!
Silvio1953 (123603) 2013-09-01 13:00
Ciao Gert, great view of fantastic pòlace, superb blue sky, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
chrisvek (7001) 2013-09-01 13:13
Splendid image with very god composition.Nice lightning usage and great atmosphere.very nice POV and colors.Well done.
All the best
Have a nice month
tyro (20696) 2013-09-01 15:19
You have, as usual, written a very interesting and informative note. Both these two pictures are remarkably clear and sharp, even in larger format as seen on the "beta" version of TE.
Curiously, if one uploads a picture wider than 800 pixels, the "newer" version of TE reduces it to 790 pixels wide. But, if you upload a workshop picture wider than 800 pixels, the new website simply crops off the right part of the image as you can see in your workshop picture here. Perhaps we should all simply revert to using the "old" beta version?
Your workshop gives an interesting scene but your main picture certainly steals the limelight. The two figures on the rough roadway lead us toward the buildings perfectly and the white walls at far right lift our eyes up to the top of the cliffs and the white structures upon it.
Lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness, particularly considering that this was scanned from a colour slide.
Urs (14082) 2013-09-01 17:30
The woman in the almost white Tshador sticks out and is the highlight of the otherwise dramatic shot with vibrant colour tones and high sharpness despite scanning. Well done
For the next two weeks I will be travelling with very limited internet access, but after that I will be back to TE on a daily bases.
abmdsudi (43718) 2013-09-01 18:18
Straight out of a travel book and intrigue in this and the sense of an oasis as a wet and organic green area plopped down in the middle of the desert. This beautifully illustrates the area and the inhabitants basking in glorious sunshine but tranquil at the same time and totally symbolic to the harmony of the area with such a beautiful intense colors. Love the relief on the palm trees which seem to be placed perfectly in the compo to balance the mount on the right frame. What a tough life, the small dwellers against the setting works well to convey that environment in perfect contrast with the intense coloured sands. It's amazing too that it contains a whole story and it's full of desert life and eye catching,,, Thanks for sharing this unusual scene, Congrats
mcmtanyel (14123) 2013-09-01 19:44
Another exquisite scan of an exquisite slide, looking like a scene from Star Wars. (Had Star Wars come out in '75?) This is spectacular!
GiovanniG (2684) 2013-09-01 19:57
Wonderful capture of this stark land punctuated with the green of the oasis. Your experience with nearly collapsing from thirst reminds my of living in Arizona. The dry heat allows one to feel comfortable in the 45 degree heat but one doesn't realize how much moister they are losing because it evaporates so quickly. Wonderful capture and scan. Well done Gert.
bukitgolfb301 (36220) 2013-09-01 20:16
Hi dear Gert
Again precious archive and documentray. Ya I can perceive MAGREB country's image so well via this nice shot. Do you have any plans to publish your precious shots, you had better do so, I think.
Thanks a lot and have a good new week! Takero
emka (79926) 2013-09-01 23:35
Hi Gert, Always amazed that you made a diary and you still have it. It seems to me that I rememeber all, but it is not true of course. I like all your oldies but the Algerian series seems the best. Marvelous colours, compositions, all perfect after so many years. The dark red soil, the woman all covered ion blueish and palms, very exotic. And every time I see the big photo I am so happy because of this new opportunity.
have a nice week
gervaso (10823) 2013-09-02 10:11
The strong colors are beautiful in your picture, and the incluion of the person is an excellent scale to the image. Wonderful composition! Very good job!
mesutilgim (85454) 2013-09-02 12:17
Hello dear Gert,
Another perfect documentary capture.
Very good scan and many good notes.
TFS and best regards
eldancer1 (28513) 2013-09-03 7:48
Except for the architectural style and the woman in burqa this desert could have taken in Southern Nevada. I like your pov including the statues on top the hill. Good lighting and sharp details. Well done, tfs.
UlfE (14641) 2013-09-03 11:13
Intressant bild tagen för över trettio år sedan. Fantastiskt bra skanningsjobb. Det ser man om tittar på fotot i det större formatet. Jag antar att bilden inte är beskuren jämfört med den urspungliga bilden. Ditt intressen för människor fanns redan då. Men jag tror att hade du tagit ett foto idag hade du zoomat in människorna eller gått litet närmare. Jag blir väldigt nyfiken på dem men man kan inte riktigt se detaljerna. Jag tror mannen cyklar men vet inte. Ha en bra kväll!
nikkitta (14858) 2013-09-03 11:54
What a well preserved and also taken and scanned pictured
Beautiful composition with the covered woman in great contrast with the orange earth
What I enjoyed the more is your interesting note
Thanks and continue searching for old photos
fabbs99 (16485) 2013-09-03 23:12
Lovely image with good sharpness and excellent pov. Very well done,TFS.
PiotrF (9698) 2013-09-04 11:02
Interesting and unique picture. Beautiful color contrast.
Works with analog film have a unique atmosphere.
I like these. Thank you very much for your interesting notes.
kasianowak (6853) 2013-09-04 13:36
Hi again Gert
I really like the saturated colours here! The human figures provide a sense of scale.
It would be great to see more quotes from your travel diary!
wolf38 (31282) 2013-09-05 8:33
Hello Gert. Red sand and rock. Houses made of mud, walls around it. Palm trees. A photo like from a time long past. Two people show that people live here. Overall, a typical impression of this region of the world.
Miguel82 (24265) 2013-10-03 6:43
One more value picture of your gallery Gert, a remoted place of saharian Algeria, I'm impressed by the quality of that 70's photo, a lady wearing hijab in the scene, ochre color hill and houses, some palm trees
A brillant contribution, the colors are superb
Have a nice evening
adores (37601) 2013-10-12 18:25
Reaching the top of the hill with that temperature wasn't probably an easy task. But I believe it was worth the effort. Looks a small but very interesting place. I like the pov, the simple and nice architecture, the palm trees and also the people passing. Really great to see these places without crowds of tourists around. Another great old one!