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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by tsiklonaut, Jun 30, 2009.
Happy new year to you both! Happy to see you're still out there enjoying life. Be well my friends...
A warm beer is better than no beer - welcome to Uzbekistan!
Hissar mountains South Uzbekistan. Check the cattle track patterns, an art in itself!
Hissar sunset from our tent. It was bloody hot since the heated ground of the semi-desert worked like
a radiator all night beneath you, but a great wild camp none the less!
Hearding is the most common income in the South Uzbekistan. Your lungs are filled constantly with a cow dung dust,
but ironically it smells like earth itself - for locals, life is harsh here!
The best 2019 for you as well, hopefully all goes as smooth as ever in NY!
The architacture gets grand once you hit those big ticket sports of the Silk Road in Uzbekistan.
The shapes and angles amazed us, 1000 years old and still looks like new.
Timur and other Silk Road era leaders liked things big and grandiose!
Ark in Buchara. Umbrellas can be divine too.
A thousand years and mans ego has evolved 0.
I disagree...I think we have much bigger and more destructive egos than ever before
Everyday streetlife under unfinished minaret that was planned to be the tallest in the empire.
Proves still the same applies today, you got to be careful what you wish for!
They get bigger as you go further south.
Clear Persian influences in architecture, it's no wonder since the brutal Timur and other rulers brought many of their artists and builders in from Persia.
Both sums up the human nature on climbing the social status, prestige and/or wealth height ladders in their relative combinations. Times and beats have changed but the dance is still the same. If you take out the context I would say an ego is a personal thing, but more important is that translates as greed when you deal with the rest of the world. The segregation and levels of greed often decide the hierarchy of any corrupt system on all levels, no matter the social or political system.
Just imagine what a World would be without greed...
Fine art ceiling. Lots of detail and attention to it (click to enlarge and click again to see 100% view if you don't believe it).
Old city walls in Buchara.
Wow, someone pointed out your RR and I am excited to see this and to enjoy your shooting and writing. I got into shooting film somewhat recently, so to see these analog images using various differing film stock is fun and inspirational.
Thanks. !60 pages in, I'm subscribed! Well..... better late to the party than to miss it altogether, yes?
Happy New Year, from the USA with Love & Gratitude & Respect.
That sounds like an accurate account of things.
In the night they are lit up with a completely different look.
Hey mr. Policeman, I only want to make a picture of that shiny nice building behind you...
And a closer look of endless hours work investment into those fine details.
The locals are proud and take lots of selfies in front. Islam strictly does not allow depictions of any live being in Koran or any holy site like mosque.
Hence the two tigers and horses on that mosque wall has been a huge controversy and fight between the islamic scholars here.
Interestingly they are still depicted and not removed after centuries - maybe there's hope?
Thank you - it is nver too late on anything as they say!
If you're into shooting film you may want to check out this thread as well, lots of analogue (film photography) work and goodness:
Iceland (with the digital camera forgotten home)
Shapes of millenia
A lone tree before a dome.
THANKS, I'll check it out for sure. EDIT: one thing I like is when you show the full frame of the image including info on the film used for each shot. I may want to pick your brain a little bit and if so, I'll send a PM if that's OK so as not to hog up the threads with a bunch of chit chat.
The unique Chor Minor mosque, the towers are not minarets, three of them used for storage and one has a staircase leading to top floor.
Each tower has a ceramic tiles covering it with different deco motifs.
Those now futuristic-looking shapes are created out of pure efficient defense practice against the conquerors and built 1000 years ago.
A millenia old wall, the local people roam on to their daily work through many generarions.
No problem, just put the PM on the way if you have any questions concerning photography or techniques involved.
Termezian man visiting holy sites in his Uzbek backyard. He invited us to Afghan border to show us around the holy spots of islam,
unfortunately our route didn't go there. Maybe someday...
Tunnel, it's in the darkness where the human imagination lights up.
One of the madrasas in Bukhara.
Persian style cooling towers to bring the wind down into the buildings.
Those walls and angles looks rather surreal.
Kariina figured you don't own the path, the path owns you.
As we left the great city in the desert.
I'm not sure when last I visited this most excellent RR, in my opinion, it is in the top 5 of all RR's. Yesterday was consumed with bringing myself up to date. I hope that "From Estonia With Love" eventually becomes the first of a set of narrations, visual and written, of your travels. While I am getting more familiar with my native Texas, USA as seen and experienced on my own R100R, you've shown and told me about peoples and places of our world that I doubt I would ever know about without your generous sharing.
Thanks again for the vicarious travels.
And never stop traveling, and story telling!