I will try another photo from my journey to Yemen in 1998. This is a very ordinary street in an area of the city of Taizz, some distance from the centre. Nothing special is seen, just a boy going somewhere with his dad and two other men approaching. I just liked the quiet atmosphere of the area, far away from the noise and crowds in the city centre.
You can see a similarly ordinary street in Taizz in a workshop. Both photos were as usual scanned from Kodachrome slides.
And here is a larger version.
Critiques | Translate
mrichat (1755) 2014-02-12 8:38
I like the light distribution of the whole photo here. angle taken makes a feeling of presence at right side of the street.Thanks for sharing.
photographer_sg (4414) 2014-02-12 8:38
It is a picture with great visual appeal. The composition of the picture with the various elements is masterful. The little boy with his dad and the two men make it come alive. The old mosque with its sculpture and its dome against the clear blue sky in beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Have a nice day.
ourania (44962) 2014-02-12 8:52
a fine candid capture of a daily life scene in the quiet alley. The architecture is interesting, the textures, condition and use of the building evoke mystery for me. I like very much the interaction of the child with his father, the approaching figures are fascinatingly mysterious too. I love the rich colours and the suggestive shadows. Shadows seem to be exceedingly important in your photos from this little known country, it would be such a shame to soften or remove them. They are integrated in your composition very well. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, take care,
saxo042 (37872) 2014-02-12 9:13
Två bra och intressanta bilder, båda beskriver den speciella arkitekturen och båda innehåller glimtar av folklivet. Den andra bilden har dessutom markanta diagonaler i sin komposition. Svårt att säga vilken som egentligen är bäst. Men det är ju att roligt att få se hur det ser ut på sådana här gudsförgätna platser, man slipper ju åka dit själv.
Kamilutka (8105) 2014-02-12 9:49
I do not agree with you that there is nothing special about this scene - it is a real life out there and your photo very well documents it. The father and son have been captured unaware and they look so natural. The mosque is almost in ruin, but I bet it still serves very well to all inhabitants of the town.
I like the whole framing as well as properly saturated colors.
You managed this harsh light very well too.
Thanks for sharing
mesutilgim (95048) 2014-02-12 10:13
Hello dear Gert,
Also this oldie has for shure archival value. Again my beloved warm light and colors of old slide scans. The mosque seems to be quite old according it's stone carvings and details but the renovation is terrible.
TFS and best regards
willperrett (10609) 2014-02-12 10:51
I've scanned slides myself, and have also had problems with blocked up shadows: I guess transparency film didn't have much exposure latitude. Apart from this, you have succeeded in capturing a very effective street scene. As you say, little is going on, but that's part of its guileless charm.
Nicou (141118) 2014-02-12 10:57
quelle vue sueprbe avec ces personnage quelle vue cette maison avec la coupole et cette pancarte colorée ce jeu de contraste ce pavage quel bel ensemble et iamge.
Belle soirée et merci
Romano46 (18472) 2014-02-12 11:52
stai facendo un ottimo lavoro di divulgazione con la pubblicazione delle tue vecchie Kodachrome che mi mostrano come il mondo appariva alcuni decenni fa.
Ma se il paesaggio è rimasti quasi sempre invariato lo stesso non sempre si può dire dell'aspetto della popolazione.
Però il tempo non passa in misura uguale per tutti ma varia da luogo a luogho e lo Yemen è uno di quei luoghi nel quale sembra essersi fermato per cui questa scena appare attuale anche oggi.
Ti faccio ancora una volta i complimenti per questa tua bella iniziativa di presentarci il mondo come era e come spesso è rimasto anche oggi presentando luoghi spesso poco conosciuti.
Ciao e buona serata
williewhistler (16394) 2014-02-12 12:44
for me it is the sheer simplicity of the scene that gives it such charm and appeal, with the design and architecture of the older buildings somehow being complemented by the newer gaudy sign and jumble of telegraph cables.
As usual the digital conversion has retained all of the qualities of the original slide.
It`s a fine shot.
Kind regards Les.
Silvio1953 (142037) 2014-02-12 12:55
Ciao Gert, great view of fascinating architecture, nice scene, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful natural colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
imageme (1790) 2014-02-12 18:33
Hi Gert, Nice quiet corner of the street in Yemen captured in a sunny day. The architectures are old and wore out but they have beautiful design on them. I like its original look. Nice composition and light. Thank for sharing
abmdsudi (53615) 2014-02-12 19:01
Another good old picture with the mosque perfectly in place as effective focal of interest and a good view of people around. I love the rich deep colours and the polarised blue sky certainly makes this shot look great and contrasty with mass of rustic detail to absorb. You've kept that warm feel under the circumstance and very appropriate to the scene. Nice composition what I call in my own terminology a 'limited landscape' where one homes in on a particular part of what might be a larger view. What a life you depicted here & your pp work is splendid, Congrats.
pajaran (60061) 2014-02-12 21:59
Dobar tekst ...
Lep pogled, dobar rad skeniranjem, lepa fotografija i secanje.
Imajte lep i uspesan dana, sve najbolje.
A good text ...
Nice view, good work by scanning, beautiful photos and memories.
Have a nice and successful day, all the best.
fabbs99 (17135) 2014-02-13 1:45
Spectacular retro-shot from Yemen.Lovely colors and excellent sharpness.Very well done.TFS.
danos (97453) 2014-02-13 4:25
nice the view as the presentation of this section of the place with the father and his son to are placed perfect in the frame.The colourful sign on the terrace is a good focal point of the image.
RhodieIke (11744) 2014-02-13 5:04
My goodness your image gives us a street view of this place in Taizz, and what amazes me is the Mosque is crudely made and squashed in to this street,I realize all over the world people worship in different ways and view their places differently, also money has a big part to play, so to speak. Tfs,
Great photo and well managed from a scan on a slide.
Subhogen (4067) 2014-02-13 5:42
A fine DL shot from the streets of Yemen . Like the simplicity of this shot capturing a moment between the father and the son. The deserted streets and the closed shops makes it look like quiet and peaceful. Had it not been for the attire of the man, I could have mistaken this as a shot from a dusty nondescript town in UttarPradesh or Bihar with a Muslim majority. Great quality of image for a photo so old. Thanks for sharing.
Fis2 (96737) 2014-02-13 6:55
A very curious building.
I like frame and colors.
Persons add savor of photo.
Good reportage work.
macjake (67534) 2014-02-13 7:36
these street scenes are always interesting arent they...but first of all, i guess it really isnt a 'street' as we know it.
I enjoy seeing the telephone wires, the signs, the attire and footwear, cool items to view.
whats next up yr sleeve?
BennyV (16823) 2014-02-13 9:41
First thought: this must be an old shot.
Second thought: no, it isn't, 1998 isn't that long ago!
Third thought: I'm getting old...
Lovely scan. This picture is absolutely worth its second life out here on the old internet. Thanks for posting it, Gert. A wonderful daily life scene with superb colours. Oh, them days...
mohammad_H (9904) 2014-02-13 11:41
I'm glad that you documented images of the city and the country of Yemen, display, and lifestyle and customs, please refer to our
kato (11630) 2014-02-13 21:01
You're capturing well this place by a good angle and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see one of Yemen's city with Isramic architecture and exotic atmosphere. It's also impressive that father of little boy wears traditional white clothes with long one piece and the building has the roof of dome shape. This place looks like keeping a typical primitive life style, although I hadly know Isramic world.
adidas5nb (5743) 2014-02-13 23:18
i thought this might be a pic from before 1998. certainly a very fine pov and just love the exotic old elements in the pic.
Graal (102752) 2014-02-14 2:11
interesting documentary photo from your archive. Good scan. Nice portraits and view of local mosque. Also fine colors.
Have a nice WE.
Royaldevon (38433) 2014-02-14 2:41
I posted a shot called 'Living History' but this one fits the bill even better. Only the telegraph poles and the advert can alert us to this being the 20th century. It is a wonderful journalistic shot of the area. The lead lines are a good guide, with figures strongly positioned. The textures almost jump off the screen!
Thanks for sharing this.
Have a great w/e,
mirosu (16129) 2014-02-14 3:26
Excellent snapshot in superb light. I really admire the quality of your scanning. I bought scanner as well but the photo quality is very poor.
Very well done.
Wish you a nice, relaxing weekend.
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2014-02-14 4:22
another nice composition from daily life and this time it blended nicely with a nice architectural detail in background. Excellent management of exposer in such harsh light condition. The father with his child at right made this composition interesting. Tfs.
rychem (35289) 2014-02-14 8:37
Nice daily life scene in a little town, nice document about a life in Yemen, very well captured
emka (96439) 2014-02-14 9:58
hello Gert, Fifteen years is not so much time but the photo looks well back in time. very strange this mosque, small, with no minaret and in rather bad states. The shape of the small domes remind me something :). Nice arch and the delicate walls decoration. It seems a hot day. Interesting street scene.
WArm regrads MAlgo
kasianowak (8885) 2014-02-14 23:12
Thank you for sharing another of your images from this interesting country. These daily life photos are particularly interesting. As always, makes me wonder what this street looks like now, 15 years on. Has it changed? Has it remained the same?
Have a nice weekend
wolf38 (31296) 2014-02-15 0:10
Hello Gert. Yemen - arabia Felix. Interesting people - even more interesting architecture. It is an adventure to travel to this country - this show with your favorite photos every day again.
UlfE (14641) 2014-02-15 1:21
En väldigt bra och välkomponerad bild igen! Fadern och sonen i förgrunden ger bilden fint liv. Den andliga byggnaden i bakgrunden må vara sliten, men den har en fin arkitektur och dess patina ger den karaktär. Jag ser att olika synpunkter finns på de djupa skuggorna. Själv hade jag nog försökt lätta upp skuggorna genom att minska kontrasten och samtidigt kompenserat med att öka färgmättnaden. Se i WS vad jag menar. Ha en bra helg!
Miguel82 (27674) 2014-02-15 8:18
Good daily life and very authentic picture of that village in Yemen Gert, an old mosque, a cobblestone street, almost a medieval atmosphere there, powerful light and high resolution, have a nice We
PaulVDV (28797) 2014-02-15 23:42
I've also visited Taizz. I don't remember this place but it looks like a typical street scene in a Yemenite village.
The white walls of the mosque are pretty dirty but when you look closer you see the fine architectural details of the building.
The man on the left seems to wait before walking by so that you can take a good shot of the mosque.
Best regards, Paul
nikkitta (17066) 2014-02-17 16:03
Just saw the WS, quite a fascinating place and high buildings,,8 they quite deserve being post, people in general are not watching them)
Ths simple capture ids full of interest , the mosque, the man looking at you and also the approaching red covered men and colorful doors
Very well done
What a trip this must have been
Thanks for sharing this daily life personal captures
eldancer1 (36343) 2014-02-18 6:54
The place and the people look peaceful but it's unfortunate what is happening in this country. too much violence. You did a wonderful job scanning retaining all the good qualities of the photo. Well done, tfs.
COSTANTINO (64740) 2014-02-18 11:30
Hello dear friend
another interesting shot from your journey
to Yemen in 1998 one shot one history
one shot one tradition
a different life under difficult
conditions when are you going to
write your biography?
I hope the soonest possible
have a nice new week
TRB (14116) 2014-02-21 14:04
Beautiful composition with the local architecture and people.
Transmitting information about the venue, with excellent exposure.
Angshu (56750) 2014-03-05 2:18
A nice DL picture from quite a while ago...I doubt whether the place has changed even now. The mosque is quite similar to the ones in India...the exteriors have worn away & the dome freshly painted standing out strongly. Good picture with fine details!
adores (45243) 2014-03-08 15:52
Another good shot to your great series! I just love this old architecture and you captured the little boy and his father on the right place. It's a very good composition, I also like the pans on the left.
fritzi007 (10553) 2014-03-08 16:05
we both looking at our Arichiv for old photos, your photo is really interesting!
mcmtanyel (22216) 2014-03-12 16:51
A very exotic place recorded exquisitely on film and preserved fabulously. Congratulations & TFS!
Tigerlily (3379) 2014-04-27 11:54
Yes, the thought of cutting off from the modern world, into another one, the time seemed staying still..life lasted forever could be appealing...;-)
jmdias (63958) 2016-03-15 7:24
we are able to see something of the natural area where the place is build. the locals are well shown here too and the rustic and something ruined aspect of the mosque tell us about the difficult way of life. very nice.