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God’s stoneware stacked in his dish drainer by Rhoufi

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‘God’s stoneware stacked in his dish drainer,’ grinned Jean-Luc. An hour later, the old Citroën sledded down off the Massif de L’Aurès into Biskra, and onto the bitumen road that follows the ancient camel route, snaking through the sand dunes. Touggourt lay shimmering to the south, waiting for us, while the snow-capped mountains melted away in the rear view mirror. East and west of the bitumen, the Sahara stretched away like an ocean.

Arris, Massif de L’Aurès, Algeria

Just up the road from:

And further South:

1979, Rollei 35B, Kodachrome

To reveal art and conceal the artist,
is art’s aim.

Oscar Wilde – “The Picture of Dorian Gray”

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  • robpixaday
    robpixadayover 4 years ago

    Oh, my gosh this is amazing and lovely and STUNNING!


  • Whew, that was quick, I only just uploaded :-D This is from my old Kodachromes. You can see the Sahara when you stand on the top – kidding that isn’t weird. Thanks Robin – you are doing amazing things at the moment.

    – Rhoufi

  • sable
    sableover 4 years ago

    great title, thought it may be Algeria, must be one amazing view from the top. Love the storyline.

  • Well you guessed right (see BubbleMail just sent). It is a mystical mountain range the Massif de L’Aurès, so ancient and rugged. Thanks for the comment.

    – Rhoufi

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaover 4 years ago


  • Thank you Scott. The run from Batna to Biskra, through Arris is one of the most dramatic stretches of landscape I have ever seen. I didn’t have much slide film left so I couldn’t get everything I wanted to, but this one I could not pass up.

    – Rhoufi

  • Gwynne Brennan
    Gwynne Brennanover 4 years ago

    Bautiful B&W Rhoufi – gorgeous range of tones, well done!

  • Thanks Gwynne, you should see it printed through the ilfochrome process (only one lab left in Australia now) – the tones are so deep (deep blueish green). So I’m working on getting a better scan of the slide, but it’ll never be the same. I made it B&W just for this “No More Colour” Challenge and was surprised by how good it looked.

    – Rhoufi

  • Victoria McGuire
    Victoria McGuireover 4 years ago

    Exactly that! Love the stacked effect of the peak….lovely shot Rhoufi :^) V.

  • Thanks Victoria. Thos shot brings so much back to me in an instant. What are we both doing sitting at computers on a Saturday night ;-/

    – Rhoufi

  • Victoria McGuire
    Victoria McGuireover 4 years ago

    Haha….oh, I’ve been out raving and have just arrived home! She lied ;^b

  • Here, two have gone out raving, one’s gone to a bookclub and this one’s been writing in a quiet house and chatting to fellow Bubblers – just how I like it. You’d be surprised how much gets uploaded on a Saturday night. I’ve been playing reply chasey for 20 mins :-D

    – Rhoufi

  • adriangeronimo
    adriangeronimoover 4 years ago

    beautiful framing and exposure. it’s got that classic, film look to it. nice touch with the sunrays bearing down on the mountain too. well done.

  • It was a magic moment – like a second coming :-) The light rays were way more pronounced than shows up on this. I’m trying to improve the digital conversion of my Kodachromes, but I’m losing heart. The projected image has so much more depth than you can see here, but slide scanning sucks the life out them. I going to try ilfochrome printing and then print scanning to see if it will improve. I need to seek more advice I think on the best slide scanners.

    – Rhoufi

  • Christine  Wilson Photography
    Christine Wil...over 4 years ago

    very nicely done I agree with Adrian it looks like film

  • Thanks Christine, I do miss film and especially Kodachrome; but what do you do? It has been taken from us and printing via the ilfochrome process now costs $60 for an 8″×10″. Every now and again I give myself the pleasure of a slide night.

    – Rhoufi

  • DJ LeMay
    DJ LeMayabout 4 years ago

    Absolutely magnificent!

  • Thanks DJ; and it was! The photo does not do the scene justice. Just being there so high up and so isolated, and coming around a bend to see that formation. It makes you understand the massive geological forces that came into play when that huge mountain was extruded up in layers. We just stopped and looked in awe.

    – Rhoufi

  • rosson1
    rosson1almost 4 years ago

    fantastc depth to this…wonderful and congrats:))

  • Thank you Ralph, I’m about to buy my own slide scanner, so I hope to be able to improve on the depth even more. Just wish there was some way to display a Kodachrome to the quality of the old prints.

    – Rhoufi

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