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Where Old Meets New

February 18, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

Where Old Meets New

I took this photo of our Zalabia Bedouin guide in Wadi Rum, Jordan – Lawrence of Arabia’s base of operations during the 1917-1918 Arab Revolt. It’s nice to know that even though our guide lived there, and must have seen it thousands of times, he still found the desert sunset special enough to capture it with his cellphone …

  1. occultoantonio
    February 18, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    wow, beautiful light and colour.

  2. February 19, 2012 at 3:12 am

    What a wonderful palette of colors and textures! It would be fun to be able to see the results of his photo, too.

  3. Steve Barnes
    February 19, 2012 at 3:58 am

    Very striking photo! Like it lots!

  4. February 19, 2012 at 5:11 am

    Amazing image Alicia, The colours and sense of place are incredibly beautiful.

    When I first looked at this image I was thinking of him performing a symbolic spiritual ritual in the desert, an opening up, a prayer, … It’s so evocative of spirituality somehow, to me anyways…
    But he’s simply taking an cell phone picture, it makes me think of capturing images in a different way.
    Perhaps I’m not explaining myself well…

    • February 19, 2012 at 5:40 pm

      Thanks so much Karen – really glad you like it. I know what you mean – the way he is dressed in flowing white robes brings some kind of ritual to mind. I considered cropping the image closer to make it clearer what he is doing, but decided against it, as it would probably lose a bit of the sense of the desert’s space and grandeur.

  5. February 19, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Alicia – this is a beautiful photo, for its colours, and for the strength of the soul (physical and spiritual). And I agree with Karen – I didn’t realise he was taking a shot with the cell phone until I read your caption. Thanks for sharing this!

    • February 19, 2012 at 5:43 pm

      Thanks Marina! As I mentioned to Karen, I thought about cropping the image more to make it more obvious what he is doing. But I quite like the ambiguity …

  6. February 22, 2012 at 4:44 am

    Pink sand against the white linen is very striking. It isn’t obvious what he’s doing right away but that is where the intrigue comes in.

  7. February 25, 2012 at 6:49 am

    This photograph has some extraordinary colours and light. The whole posture and using a cell phone in the middle of a desert makes the photo almost a little weird – in positive way. It’s beautifully captured equally beautifully processed.

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