This is a window in the streets of old Bukhara. What we see is four different kinds of protection: First, there’s the iron grille which protects against burglary – it had to be worked around the tube which is for the water mains. The window panes themselves are made of mirrored glass, keeping most of the rays of the sun out – not a luxury in a city where temperature will easily reach (or exceed) 45°C in summer. On the left, we see a woman in the mirror, who is protecting her eyes from the glare of the sun with some paper: a newspaper or a magazine, maybe. And finally, more or less in the middle, you see me also in the mirror, holding the camera making the photograph: my Aussie hat is protecting my eyes from the sun here (depending on circumstances it will also protect my glasses from getting covered with drops when it rains, or my face from snowflakes or hail stones).
On every trip I try to make a self portrait of sorts; this was one of my attempts on my trip last year. The lady in the corner was of course sheer luck – by the way I was was holding it, I could not see what the camera was capturing! Literally (attempt to) “point and shoot”.
This is my first attempt at creating a (subtle) duo-tone version from a color photograph, using software that doesn’t support this directly with a tool. I played around and got this…
Taken in Bukhara, Uzbekistan 2009
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1
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