Monday, August 19, 2013

A lot different from Shuk Machane Yehuda

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I moved to Meitar exactly two weeks ago, but today was the first time I ventured out to the big city, Beersheba.
It's a 45-minute bus ride.
My first exploration point was the shuk, the huge open-air market.


Now that I live in the Negev I will have to get used to seeing veiled Bedouin women with only their eyes and hands showing.
I shot this photo from the hip, in stealth mode, just because I couldn't resist capturing her black lace trim.
It was not the normal black dress with colorful  embroidery the women often wear.
Enlarge the picture 2x to see the detail. 

Did I mention that Meitar is neighbor to many Bedouin towns and villages and even a Bedouin city?
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(Linking to OurWorld Tuesday.)
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P.S.  I will have to find out if they still have a weekly live livestock market next to the shuk.
Meanwhile, you can watch this British video about it -- from 1955
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17 comments:

Gary Phillips said...

Great shot!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Fun60 said...

It's a great photo. I have to admire you for taking it so discretely.

Phil Slade said...

Brave shot Dina. Rather you than me a mere male.

Cynthia said...

You are clever to get a good photo discreetly. The lace she is wearing is pretty.

eileeninmd said...

Sneaky shot, the lace is pretty. Thanks for sharing. Great photo.

Pietro Brosio said...

Yes, a great image Dina! Thanks for sharing.

Life Images by Jill said...

I love markets, they are certainly the place to see people going about their everyday lives. Street photography can be a tricky business. You have done very well with this shot.
I look forward to seeing more pics from your corner of the world.
I am joining you through Our World Tuesday. Have a great week.

Petrea Burchard said...

I'm sorry that anyone has to live this way. I don't know how they feel about it, but I don't think I'd like it.

Suzanne said...

Wow Dina, what fun this will be. Keep up the reporting! Such a different life style.

Kay said...

I remember our Bedoin expert telling us that the women were perfectly fine in the dark clothing because it was a very light material and comfortable. They had us try it if we wanted to. I did. It was not comfortable. I'd asked him if the dark color would not absorb the heat and make it too hot.

Hels said...

Kay

The Negev must be boiling hot in summer. So I think you are right - dark, heavy and all-encompassing materials could not be comfortable. Nor is it intended to be, otherwise men would wear it too.

Sara said...

I like your creative photography methods. Pretty lace too, by the way. The carrots look very tasty and healthy. Bedouins bring to mind those black tents, and hot mint tea in small glasses - delicious.

cieldequimper said...

It is good that you may walk unveiled...

VP said...

When I was there in the 1990s the Bedouin women I saw weren't veiled...

crystal said...

Nice photo of the lace on her burqa. I'm so glad we don't have to wear such things, though! I recall in 2011 there was a to-do about bueqas being banned in France.

JM said...

Terrific composition, Dina!

Nathalie Beaumes said...

Cathching up with your posts of August 2013 when you were discovering Meitar and really enjoying the visit.
I remember now. August 2013 was a time when I was flooded with work and never had time to visit any blogs. It's good to catch up.