Photographer's Note

Another picture from the "Red oasis", Timimoun, in the Algerian desert, late September 1975.

How do I know that the girl in the red dress running towards the camera is hurrying home? Of course I don't, but this was taken late in the afternoon, not long before sunset, during Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting. In a short while the fast would be broken and families would gather for the evening meal, iftar.

Maybe this girl was too small to go without food and water all day long (children, the elderly and people in bad health are exempted), but she certainly wouldn't want to miss the solemn occasion.

Mainly men would gather at the cafés so they could grab a glass of water the moment there was a call from the mosque that the sun had set. I think that is what the men hanging around in the background are waiting for.

I post this at the maximum size of 1500 pixels although the fading light and shallow DOF means that the sharpness is far from perfect. I tried to focus on the girl, but she just insisted on running towards me, so it wasn't so easy.

This is another scan of a Kodachrome slide.

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