ARCHIVE 216 – IN THE DIDA GALGALLA DESERT
February 20, 2016 16 Comments
This image is rather pale and insipid because I’ve lightened it to show more detail – it was taken in very harsh, overhead sunlight so that much of the subject matter is in shadow and silhouette.
This photo shows a person and her home on the move. Amongst other things, the camels are carrying sections of the curved walls and supports of low huts, which will be erected at the new dwelling site. A nomadic existence is essential in such dry areas – people follow rainfall, which is a source of water for man and animal alike, and also of greenery for the livestock.
This was a hurried photograph – soon after I raised the camera, rocks were flying my way. Which reminds me of the roving packs of feral – and no doubt rabies-ridden – dogs in the Sultanate of Oman. They were so used to having rocks thrown at them that there was no need to actually throw anything – all that was required was to momentarily stoop towards the ground as if about to pick up a rock – of which, as here, there was an inexhaustible supply – and the canines were heading quickly for the hills.
There is another photo of this scene here – its taken from much further away, and gives a rather better idea of the arid desolation that this woman is leading her animals through.
OM-1 with 75-150 Zuiko at 150mm; Agfa CT18 colour side rated at 64 ISO.