Zanzibar Door - Huge (Vertorama)

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    Location: Stone Town, Zanzibar.

    Description: Most visitors to Zanzibar will visit Stone Town on the western side of the island. Due to the tropical sun’s midday sting, the houses in Stone Town have always been built in tightly packed huddles accessed off narrow alleyways, keeping the heat and glare at bay.

    With this muted architecture, the ornately carved door soon became the most important feature of the external appearance of a house. Its quality and size was a sign of the house-owner’s status and wealth.

    The longevity of the Stone Town doors – often outlasting the houses whose entrances they once guarded – is the result of the wood used, including teak and sesame imported from India (the use of sesame perhaps lending sense to Ali Baba’s “Open Sesame”). The brass studs are said to have been intended to repel marauding elephants, but as elephants are unlikely to have ever lived on Zanzibar, it seems more likely that the story came from India along with the doors!

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    Equipment: Nikon D300 (Sigma 10-20mm)

    Date: August 2008

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    1. Boby Pirovics 81 months ago | reply

      Wonderful art in this door.

    2. shotzy 81 months ago | reply

      Paul, this is a fantastic image. Your inclusion of the two men are perfect. The vetorama serves well to show the scale in beauty.

    3. baris yonter 81 months ago | reply

      Definitely a winner!!!
      You deserve another one.
      Found in

    4. DanielKHC 81 months ago | reply

      Great warm color tones, very nice street shot Paul! It's cool that those guys allowed you to take the shot. This week end you'll have to explain to me how can you achieve a vertorama with a Ultrawide angle, relatively close to the subject without getting any optical distortion issue! I am packing my bag now! ;-)

    5. - Just John - 81 months ago | reply

      Great series of Zanzibar Doors.
      What a nice sublect.
      Thanks for all the details about them Paul.

    6. James Neeley 81 months ago | reply

      Awesome image. Your correction of the rectangular elements is perfect!

    7. ossewa 81 months ago | reply

      Stunning shot Paul!

    8. mliebenberg 81 months ago | reply

      Lovely shot Paul. I'm glad you managed to do a vertorama on this one... to capture all the wonderful detail along with the 2 guys sitting there!

    9. Debby Champion 81 months ago | reply

      Such rich colours Paul. This is a place I've always wanted to go to!

    10. î-löömîn Images [deleted] 81 months ago | reply

      Great colors on the wooden doors. Interesting story.

    11. Ozventure 81 months ago | reply

      These door shots are very cool, nicely done.

    12. Cessna 206 79 months ago | reply

      Main entrance door to the prayer hall. "Jamat Khana for Shia Ismaili Muslims". I have seen from inside and it is spectacular with mirrors installed more than 100 years ago.

      Excellent shot!

    13. Gabrios_LBF 70 months ago | reply

      yeah! this door is wonderful.. out of time.
      excellent capture

    14. No.1shots [deleted] 70 months ago | reply

      Great picture

    15. RTsan 36 months ago | reply

      Great narrative; awesome shot!

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