18th Annual Palo Alto Weekly Photo Contest
Coming down from the steep climb to The Monastery in Petra on a hot summer day last August, I was surrounded by these cheerful Bedouin girls. They offered painted rocks for $1 in the merciful shade of a draped rest area. Using a cheap fisheye attachment for a Nikon 4300 digital camera, I framed their enthusiasm and ease in the rich desert climate of Nabatean culture. I spent August of 2008 traveling the Middle East on a Silicon Valley Education Foundation teacher's fellowship, photographing for a book I'm working on, titled "Picturing Middle East," that visually counters American stereotypes of these amazing world cultures.
"Bedouin Girls" by Margo Wixsom, taken in Jordan using a fisheye attachment on her camera, is a charming moment in which the subjects are just as curious as the photographer herself. The photo captured a sense of the girl's culture and humanity in an interesting format.
- Veronica Webber
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