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A Yemeni fishmonger. Note the bulge in his cheek, which is stuffed with 'qat' - a mildly narcotic plant that most Yemeni men chew almost constantly

A Yemeni fishmonger. Note the bulge in his cheek, which is stuffed with 'qat' - a mildly narcotic plant that most Yemeni men chew almost constantly

Shots from a photographic trip I took in 1997 to the glorious, rarely visited, oft-maligned and massively underrated ancient land of Yemen - one of only a few countries in the world continuously populated since at least 2,500 BC, whose capital - Sana'a - is named after the biblical Noah's son, Shem. Despite its reputation for war, kidnapping of foreign tourists and, more recently, breeding terrorists, this is truly a magnificent country that abounds in history, culture, uniquely beautiful architecture and stunning landscapes — as well as some of the most fantastically generous and hospitable people I've ever met. It's also one of the most exciting places in the world to roam around with a camera, and I hope these shots give you some flavour of the wonders that await you should you ever get the opportunity to travel there.

buckshot This photo was shot on film. Taken by buckshot with a Nikon F50 loaded with Fuji Velvia 50 film in Sana'a, Yemen. These tags describe this photo: slide, e6 (not x-pro), middle east, colour, 35mm, scanned by jessops, travel, voyage, photo expedition, people, men, and yemeni. Date: 1997-05-15. Time: Afternoon. This photo can also be found in the album Yemen: the photographer's paradise of the Middle East.

1 comment

  1. vicuna

    vicuna

    the narcotic plant in the cheek reminds me of the people in Bolivia who are always chewing some coca leaves and also have it in the cheek like that...

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