Friday, 16 November 2012

Good Intentions

It seems I'm not the only one feeling less than creatively inclined at the moment.

If I couldn't sew then perhaps I could get my camera out.  It's a holiday here today and so Zaki and I headed in to the old town for a wander round the souqs.  Armed with a new SD card, I had grand intentions of taking lots of photos but it was quieter than usual and my people watching was being watched by other people.

Taking bread to be baked at the community oven 'faran'

Then I spied a sign on the wall stating how rude it was to take photos of people without their permission (which I guess it is).  And that was it. My photographic mojo would have needed one of those little blue pills to do anything else...

27 comments:

Patchwork and Play said...

That one photo was SO worth it though! I hope you get your mojo back soon!

Susan Standen said...

Gorgeous photo. Shame about the sign. I would have taken a photo of the sign. I took one on the Israeli Jordanian border once that said photography forbidden, and not to veer off the road as there was the possibility of land mines. Some signs are more interesting than others!

Leanne Barnett said...

Shame because it is so fun to take people photos- I love the one that you captured!

Diane-crewe said...

maybe you only managed one picture... but what a stunner x well done x

Sunnybec said...

One of my favourite pastimes is people watching too. If you find your mojo will you look and see if mine is there too! Hugs x

Flying Blind... said...

One shot is all it takes x

Hilachas said...

But that's a beautiful photo you did take. Makes you wonder how many times we're doing things but unaware that someone is watching us....

Cindy Sharp said...

That is a beautiful shot.

Isisjem said...

It was a fabulous photograph though. I hate it when something puts you off taking a pic. I once at a big craft event had someone really have a go at me because I dared to take a picture without asking. I pointed out she hadn't been there or anywhere in the vicinity to ask and if she didn't want people to take pictures maybe she should have a sign. The rest of the day I asked everyone before daring to take a snap and most of them looked at me like I was mad for asking because nobody else was. It spoilt the day photographically wise. Ironic though because the picture I got told off for I took because I intended going back and buying something...of course I never did.

Leanne said...

It is an interesting question, when one is out in public there is no right to expect privacy. However, there can be cultural issues too. I love this picture, it is just stunning. I hope you take more, and don't let the world get you down.

Toni said...

You really do take some great photos, Annabella! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Jenelle said...

That is sort of a grey area, huh? I can see not wanting to be photographed, but in public spaces I'm not sure one can expect privacy. Your photos are lovely though!

Chloe G said...

I don't think the majority of people need little 'signs' speaking on their behalf: the kind of person who puts up a sign like that is the kind of person who puts up those 'no turning here' signs (with additional rocks) here in the uk, which are so horribly unfriendly to the lost, or slightly less offensively 'keep off the grass'.

However, it is a little different in Muslim countries where people are a lot more sensitive to depiction of all kinds... particularly sensitive also to having pictures taken of mosques etc. and where self image is much more of an issue.

That said though, I love your photo, it brings back fond memories of my trip there so long ago now, when I was child-free!

Take some landscape photos instead: the sky and the earth won't be offended :-)

Dianne Neale said...

It's a stunning photo though annabella. I've never come across anyone getting upset about taking photos, although in some countries (probably yours!) it is frowned on. You should go on holiday with my brother in law. Some of the photos he takes, it's a wonder he doesn't get beaten up!

dutchcomfort said...

That’s a wonderful photo you took! What if nobody would take those kind of pictures... we wouldn’t know what other parts in the world would look like.
I hope you will soon find your creative muse!

Nicky said...

Love the effect of a postcard this photo has - what did you do to it Annabella! It was worth taking just this one!

Nicole said...

Hoping some inspiration comes your way!

Catherine said...

Wow, what an amazing photgraph! And the effect you have given it is inspired - it looks like a Grand Tour painting.

FleurBleue said...

Wonderful photograph...I love the fold of the fabric and the contrast with the red scarf.

A real cracker!

Katy Cameron said...

The photo is fab, but bugger on the mean sign

Sarah said...

I'd call getting a photo as good as that one a successful day!

Archie the wonder dog said...

You may have only taken one photo but it's a magnificent one!

Catherine said...

What a shame about the sign-the photo you took is fabulous

diane said...

Too bad it is so frowned upon because candid photos are the best . This one is fabulous.

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Really stunning photo!

Janine said...

The photo you did take is great. I hope your mojo cames back soon :)

blandina said...

Such a beautiful picture, I love the feeling of every day life