ORIENTAL SPOTLIGHTS


Well, I really had to search my old Chinese wedding chest for proofs concerning a 4 week trip of all Egypt in the 80s of the last century. Fortunately all photos still existing after more than 30 years of storage and now somehow also antique. So welcome back to the world of simplest analog photography which I find indeed more touching than all these bits and bytes of today. It is real paper and memory to be felt, rather oldfashioned these days I know.

Abu Simbel site in Southern-Egypt by mid of October 1985
Small temple of Nefertari, 13th century BC

The Oriental world has played an important part in my life, and this trip to Egypt in 1985 was my first encounter with this fascinating cosmos. The visit of Abu Simbel in the very Southern part of Egypt near the Sudanese border was truly a real highlight in this regard because the archeological site is a quite remote place in the Nubian desert at the shores of Lake Nasser. To visit the location was quite easy while diverse agencies in the big city of Aswan offer daily trips to Abu Simbel.

We were leaving Aswan at around 4 a.m. very early (due to the high temperatures) and driving with some kind of jeep or SUV first on a road later on a good sandy piste. Camel caravans from Sudan passed our way on their way to the camel markets of Luxor and/or Cairo, food for the many Egyptians living in the valley of the Nile. The trip from Aswan to Abu Simbel takes about 3 hours, so we arrived shortly before the sun was rising above Lake Nasser. The sun is still very strong and dazzling even in October, so the temperatures increase rapidly.

With the first sunrays of the day I was able to make some photos of this spectacular place constructed by the ancient Pharaonic kingdom of Egyot. At this place in the wide desert you already get a good feeling of vast Africa stretching further thousands of miles to the South.

Zoomorphic Arabic calligraphy by Mohammed Negm, 2009
reflecting his full name in the form of an eagle. (1) (2)

linked to:   Frank’s Tuesday Photo Challenge – Age

(1)  This graphic being published under the GNU Free Documentation License.
(2)  The national emblem of Egypt is Saladin’s famous eagle – also on its flag.

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