Brass bolts protrude from the doors lining the narrow alleyways in Zanzibar's enticing Stone Town. The story has it that the idea migrated from India where the local populace used them to ward off elephants that would topple doors with their immense weight. The Omani people who ruled over Zanzibar for centuries took this idea and turned it into an ornamentation for their already elaborately carved doors... Rather than ward creatures off, they draw tourists like flies, attracted to the magnificent workmanship wrought in the brass and surrounding etchings...
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Thursday, October 18, 2007
Some images work, some don't. Although this image is more a dud than a success, I was intrigued by the possibilities. The wind whipped along the powdery sand of Zanzibar's Paje beach, vibrating the legs of the tripod. Hunkering down over the camera I tried to keep the whole setup still. It didn't work as you can see, but something clicked...I think
Posted by Emil von Maltitz at 8:35 PM