Tombstones Musandam.

A rework of an old negative from my days at Khasab:
Nikon F4 T-max400 @ iso320.

Unfortunately a number of these negatives got irrecoverably damaged when Cyclone Gonu hit Oman in 2007.
I was working on Jebel Shams at the time, needed stuff from Muscat and had a rather traumatic encounter with a deluge of water hitting the road we were on. Eventually got back to my house, only to find rather a lot of water in the rooms; one of my files got wet with rain coming through the window edges – it was all my Khasab negatives. Managed to save a number by rewashing in Kodak Photoflo solution, but some had gone beyond even the wonders of scanning and fixing in Adobe Photoshop.  I was a lot more fortunate than many people, I’m only complaining about negatives while others lost their lives, houses, belongings and some businesses never recovered.
Hay-ho  such are the tribulations of life.

Not much information about these tombs, rather a lot of them with no real indication of which village they came from, even their age was in doubt; I got a lot of conflicting answers for that question.

6 thoughts on “Tombstones Musandam.

  1. What a stunning landscape. There’s something strangely alluring about the naked rocks in the gorge behind the tombstones. It’s a shame to hear about your negatives, and even more tragic to hear about the people who lost their lives.

    1. Yes it’s quite a place & rather mysterious in some ways.
      Rather more dead than officially gets mentioned, so a few negatives is a small loss in the big scheme of things.

  2. I’m glad that you were able to recover some of the negatives. Sometimes we just need to look around to put things in better perspective. I have a quick question. Which is your favourite film?

    1. Thanks.
      I loved Fuji Neopan 400 but gone now, T-max 400 in Ilford Perseptol @1+3 (as per the late Barry Thornton recomendation) at this dilution there is no speed reduction & good tonal range.
      Hard to see on a screen image but prints on Ilford multigrade Fibre look very good.

      1. I’ve yet to try the T-max myself but I’ve tried Tri-x. I really couldn’t see what all the fuss was about and I’ve only used it a few times.

        1. Ha, they changed the formula a few years back, but I am inclined to agree.
          It is a very forgiving film when it comes to exposure & developer used. But in Kodak HC110 or Rodinal, the grain was very sharp & shadow detail was good.
          I hate trying to scan it though 🙂

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