Funny the things that stick in your mind. The ex-Mr. TWLG and I were especially excited to be going to Egypt, on our way to Oz – the Pyramids, The Sphinx, Tut’s Tomb – hieroglyphics, all that history, the romance of the Nile and the desert too. Yet one of the strongest memories I have is how amazed I was by how close the desert and the Pyramids are to Cairo – just a suburban bus ride, in fact. Given, this shot was taken thirty years ago, but you wouldn’t believe we were at the edge of suburbia – or at the end of the 20th century, for that matter.
I suppose it’s because the figures – and the camels – are in silhouette that the shot seem timeless – and of course, converting the almost monochromatic colour slide to sepia. Somehow, it seems very Bowles, and Morocco in the early 20s to me.