I continue with publishing older travel pictures. In an earlier post I told about the disappeared color negatives. I just went through my multiple piles of quick lab copies from our student trip to Cairo in 1990.
The locally made prints are nicely tanned, but it is hard to say anything else positive about the pictures. It is disturbing to go through 15 rolls worth of images and to see that nearly all of it is rubbish. This one popped up though. It was taken at the camel market and it seems to record something about the great theatre of trading.
The course was titled Contact Photography. Our teacher Stefan Bremer said that he does not want us to bring in pictures of people’s backs. I think I took this too seriously, as I remember the sentence knocking in the back of my head for long. So I have heaps of sluggish compositions with a local fruit seller, shoe trader or meat seller grinning for the camera. When using black and white I seem to have experienced a few more moments of questioning the designated modus operandi.