Thursday, October 05, 2006

Downtown before Iftar

Downtown Amman is a treat an hour or two before iftar. People leaving work, buying items and getting ready to go home. The colors, the sounds and the scents you see exeprience are always special.
I decided to load color slide film ( FUJI Velvia 100 F) instead of black and white in my camera and went for a walk.
Here are some frames from the day. These are direct scans from the negatives, i like how the colors have come out, gives it a certain "ammani" feel.


Anonymous yara said...

The photographs are great. I love the saturation of the colours. They are muted yet there is a vibrancy at the same time. I love how where there is a concentration of light on the photograph its practically bleached out.
Downtown seems to be a very masculine domain though. No women around, shopping etc...

I miss Amman...

3:18 AM  
Anonymous salam said...

The colors are like you described very ammani,remind me of old polaroid pictures of the seventies..lovely.

9:18 AM  
Anonymous khathra said...

The reason for the lack of female representation in the pictures may not be so much the masculinity of downtown as it is the possbility that a man would be less inclined to photograph random women on the street in Amman. Downtown is male-dominated, but, in my opinion, it is to a lesser extent than the photos would suggest.

Besides, Majali might be afraid of the possible outcomes of taking pictures of random women... if he's spared an attack by overprotective men, he is more likely to suffer a slow painful death at the hands of his overly jealous girlfriend ;)

6:06 PM  
Blogger Amin Matalqa said...

Lovely pictures. The colors are very much like Amman in the 80's. I love with one with the dead kids on the floor. Wow! ;-)

3:55 AM  
Anonymous Fadi Otaqui said...

Beautiful photos of our vibrant city, Majali.
I especially liked the, very expressive, "shoe salesman". Everything in the photo, aside from the framing tree, seems to teetering on an angle. Ready to fall...

6:35 PM  
Blogger Amer said...

Super awesome pictures :D
I liked the one with the the man walking down the stairs, its just lovely

9:36 PM  

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