Shooting practice in the mountainous terrain around Sana'a

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.


  1. ihave2pillows
    ihave2pillows ·

    Wow. Very interesting album! What a wonderful adventure. So they didn't mind you taking pictures?

  2. buckshot
    buckshot ·

    @ihave2pillows Thank you! Men and children were generally very happy to pose for photos. Photographing women, on the other hand, was a major no-no, which I had been warned about in my guide book. I tried a few times, but as soon as I pointed the camera, the women or the men they were with started waving their hands in protest and giving me threatening looks. I decided it was too dangerous to risk. Thanks a lot for your interest :-).

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