Photographer's Note

Browsing through the Algeria gallery, I realised that most of the contributions by TE members were of desert scenes (and some very good photographs amongst them too, I might add), so I thought I would post a few scenes of the capital city, Algiers. There is nothing particularly special about this photograph – this is just one of those that I am posting for the purpose of ‘learning about the world’

The architecture of Algiers is a mix of Arabic, Islamic, Turkish, Spanish, British and French influences, although the latter dominates – because the French occupied Algeria from 1830 to 1962. (It is estimated that up to a million people lost their lives in the eight year war between the Algeria’s National Liberation Front and the French Army that led to Algeria achieving its independence from France in 1962).

Much of Algiers is hilly, and there are many steep streets like this one. Note all the satellite dishes on the right hand buildings (which I assume are residential apartments). Algeria’s domestic media is rigidly controlled by the government, but there is apparently no restriction on accessing satellite channels from other countries. I took this with a wide angle lens, which has accentuated the angle of the building, but not to the extent where I felt it was necessary to try and correct the perspective.

PP: It was actually getting quite dark when I took this shot, so I had to play around with levels a bit and then bump up saturation to compensate for the slightly washed out colours. Then I increased contrast a little and applied USM.

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