This week, we head back in time to August 2011 to explore the capital of the Ash Sharqiyah region in atmospheric black and white
Former Y photographer Jerzy Wierzbicki may have left us, but the memories of his hundreds of trips around the Sultanate live on. As part of our retrospective series, we dig out some of his most breathtaking pictures from years gone by for the benefit of those who may have missed them the first time around.
This week, it’s the historical port city of Sur that gets the treatment. Here’s Jerzy’s take on it:
“In Europe and America, photographers who specialise in black-and-white photography often choose dark, cloudy days for capturing their photos. The reason for this is low-contrast, long-time exposure – moody conditions always work well with this style of photography.
“Josef Koudelka, one of the most eminent contemporary art photographers in the business, did some extraordinary work documenting the gypsies of the Czech Republic in low light and dark conditions.
“He obtained some very specific and unforgettable photographs. These pictures are an unmatched example of fantastic modern photojournalism. “The weather in Oman, is very different to that of Europe and photographers here do not have many opportunities to capture images in low contrast. However, when I went to Sur, I had the fortune of taking pictures of a fishing harbour in cloudy weather. “I reached Sur by noon and was greeted by dark, grey clouds that covered the old town in warm light tones. Local boys were jumping into the water from the bridge that connected the two sides of the bay. On both sides of the natural harbour, I saw several dozen traditional Omani fishing dhows, some docked in the local shipyard, some ready to go out on a fishing trip and some simply in for repairs.
With the mood fit for monotone photography, I began clicking away, capturing some 150 pictures in the process.
“I sincerely recommend a trip to Sur for a photography session, especially amateurs looking for great opportunities to practice this art. This is one of the best places in Oman for cityscape photographs.”
Sur is just over 200km southeast of Muscat. Take road 1 out of the city until you see the exit for road 17. This road will take you all the way to Sur.
GPS location of Sur: 22°34’3” N 59°31’44” E