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Closeup, Bab Agnaou, Marrakesh, 2006
29-DEC-2006

Closeup, Bab Agnaou, Marrakesh, 2006

Bab Agnaou, a 900 year old archway in the walls of Marrakesh, is caved of sandstone. We can still see the rich red oxidation in it, melding with the graying blue stone. When we look at such detail as this, we take the subject out of its context. We see the intricate work of craftsmen long dead, still surviving after nearly a thousand years of enduring the Moroccan climate extremes. We see not the arch itself here. (You can see that by clicking on the thumbnail below.) Instead, this detail defines the nature of its builders.

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Phil Douglis14-Nov-2007 00:16
Thanks, Mary, for being the first to comment on this image. Every cut in this rock was made with purpose, and the passage of time has not dimmed its beauty or meaning. And thanks, too, for comparing this image with my photograph of the arch itself. The comparison shows us how that there are usually pictures lurking within other pictures. It is up to us to find those pictures and liberate them by moving in, as I've tried to do here.
Mary Bowles10-Nov-2007 14:52
A fine picture, celebrating the long-gone artisan. The accompanying thumbnail and your comments add to the pleasure.
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