Photographer's Note

Back in time again, to 1988 to be precise, and back to the scanned Kodachrome slides.

This is from Fort Kochi, the old part of Kochi, a major city on the southwestern coast of India in the state of Kerala. It's a historically very interesting city and nowadays a major tourist site. This is where Vasco da Gama died and where he was buried for a few years until his body was sent back to Portugal. His gravestone is still kept here.

Kochi (earlier known as Cochin) also used to have a fairly large Jewish community and the synagogue was still open at the time of my visit, serving a remaining congregation of 27 persons. I don't know if it is still functioning,

As you can see in this photo Fort Kochi was an area of partly very idyllic streets with small houses and a friendly and easygoing atmosphere. There were not terribly many tourists in those days and a foreigner with a camera was no doubt the event of the day. When I took this photo only the goat didn't stop to watch me - apart from a few persons too far away to notice what was going on.

The quality of this photo is not the very best. Please remember that it's a scan, and that it's 25 years old.

You can see a larger version here. I added a workshop taken a short moment later, when I got closer to the onlookers. Unfortunately it is cropped in this version, and in the beta version I can't see the thumbnail, only when clicking at "comparison". Depending on your browser you may be able to see it at full size by right-clicking and opening in in a new window.

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