Symbols on the wall (15) - disused shop near Manakhah

Marjolein Katsma

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Share this page photo: © 2007 Marjolein Katsma | text: © 2010 Marjolein Katsma


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blue, green, travel, politics, symbol, icon, shop, yemen, elections, manakha, rearing horse, metal box, manakhah


This image is part of Symbols on the wall – a “documentary” on the walls of Yemen and things attached to walls. Please read the Introduction first!

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Where there is a lack of buildings to set up shop in (or renting a space just is not affordable), metal sheds like this are often used as shops in Yemen. Of course they can be used for other things as well, but the fact it’s located along the road in an area popular with hikers makes me think it was once a shop. We found this when hiking along the road from Manakhah to Al Hajjarah. It seems to have met with some mishap, though, and seemed to be empty when I peeked in.

But even such a wreckage can be put to good use in the election struggles: along the top we see (now torn-off) posters, and rearing horses painted both on the side and on one of the doors. I also liked the color combination of the light blue horses on the bluish-green background.

Taken near Manakhah, Yemen 2007
Camera: Fuji Finepix F30
 

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