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Cheers to the new year!

Cheers to the new year!
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Copyright: Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7721 W: 431 N: 15212] (70052)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1998-10
Categories: Daily Life, Decisive Moment
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2014-01-01 2:05
Viewed: 4398
Points: 104
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The vegetable salesman in Taizz, Yemen, saluted me with his glass of tea when he noticed my camera. I bring his salute forward to everyone on TE with a wish for a fine and healthy 2014.


This is a scan of a Kodachrome slide from 1998. A larger version can be seen here.

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Hello Gert,
well chosen photo for today :-) and I like it not only for the message but also because of the very beautiful form. The richness of the colors make very attractive combination and all the fruits on display create great surrounding for the drinking man. Very successful composition and framing.
All the best in New Year for You too!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11636 W: 126 N: 20917] (108071)
  • [2014-01-01 2:15]

Hi Gert,a very rich shop,a great opportunity for a pic full of colors and things to see,another great memory of your trips,and another excellent scannering work,i like it...and i wish you all the best me too for the new year! Luciano

Hello Gert, very good picture of this interesting and colorful everyday scene, beautifully captured in this beautiful image with good sharpness, light and color. Excellent and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.

Good first day of the new year and happy week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.

Ciao Gert
Noto che anchje le Yemen si aggiunge alla tua lungjissima lista di luoghgi visitati e fotografati.
Anche in questa foto protagonista č la vita quotidiana che appare immutabile nei tempi.
Una foto scattata nel 1998 ma che potrebbe benissimo rappresentare un aspetto della vita di oggi.
Un'altro bel ricordo raccolto girando per il mondo.
Buon anno. Che che il 2014 ti porti tante soddisfazioni.

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  • CLODO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2677 W: 1317 N: 2987] (38357)
  • [2014-01-01 2:50]

Hi Gert

A colorfull fruit shop and the "cheers up" of the seller for this new year!
So cheers, and happy new year!

Hello Gert,
You have captured the best view possible out of a vegetable shop. The seller with his glass of tea has made a fine saluting gesture towards you and credit goes to you for capturing the very moment. The colors and clarity are unbelievable for such an old photo, s6 I reiterate you take good care of your photos.
Wishing you a very Happy and healthy 2014.

Hi, Gert,
I remember two Yemens, Arabian Republic and People Democratic and their capitals Sana and Aden. But when the USSR was finished, the local communists could not to rules without the Soviet support. And today Yemen is one of the most dangerous countries for travelling, I think.
This is very peaceful daily life scene, without so terrible reality ;)
Happy New Year!
I am waiting for your new old photos!
Greetings from Negombo!


Ciao Gert
il nuovo anno č sempre accompagnato da un brindisi e questo ha un sapore molto speciale, viene da lontano, lontano nel tempo e da una terra lontana.
Felice anno nuovo a te e ai tuoi familiari

Hello dear Gert,
Not too old but still a perfect photographic "Leckerbissen" !!
TFS and all the best for the new year !

PS.This morning on the very first day of the year I've cleaned my darkroom and made a list of missing chemicals. Tomorrow I shall buy them and start printing in b&w ! I'm posting a WS now, and you can see how it looks like !

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24277 W: 523 N: 40588] (174734)
  • [2014-01-01 4:24]

Hello Gert,

Fifteen year old but exactly a picture of yesterday.
These fruits see very fresh and excellent for the health.
Perspective and depth are perfect.
Also these picture here is a very lovely picture.
Excellent composition, lovely presentation.
Very well done, TFS.

Have a nice first day of 2014,

Hello Gert,
I see the first message is : old is gold, if you can keep it properly. The quality of this photo is still amazing after so many years.
A wonderful catch in perfect timing when the shopkeeper is communicating. Superb colors of the fresh vegetables.
Perfect way to wish a healthy New Year. Thank You.
Let me wish you a happy and healthy 2014 in return.
With regards,

Hi Gert
He's a jolly good fella all right, what an appropriate shot we have here. That's fabulous, it's lovely composition so well detailed and there's a wonderful warm feeling to all that vibrant riotous colours. Good exposure with the light/dark here, direct communication eye contact and his clothing really stands out separating from the rest. Excellent characterful shot with such a relaxed cool expression and wonderful tones. Really eye-catching, Congrats
A Happy New Year and the very best for 2014
Kind regrds

Bonjour Gert,

Ils sont trčs beaux ses légumes. La lumičre est belle pour les mettre en valeur sur cet étal trčs rudimentaire. J'aime beaucoup son systčme d'éclairage. Il semble nous souhaiter la bonne année.

Bonne et heureuse année


Hi Gert,
Perfect image for the title! In peace and joy we should go into the new year!


hej Gert
Another type of beverage to celebrate the new year and it works as well
My wishes to you for the very best in 2014

Hi Gert
a photo from Yemen! How many people in North America can say that????? Not very many i'm sure.

A photo that does give the impression he's toasting you into the new year although its taken in October :) haha

But it suits the new year theme very well.
nice to have all those colorful fruits to give some pizzaz and impact, i like the scene overall from a cultural standpoint too.

I just realized you and Gunnar both share the same last name.....both of you being from Sweden, are you related at all or is it just a coincidence? Just curious.

Happy new year with lots of memorable travels

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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3288 W: 0 N: 7482] (55057)
  • [2014-01-01 8:23]

Great variety of colorful vegetables and fruits, excellent quality of the scanned photo
All the best for the New Year!
regards Ryszard

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9445 W: 157 N: 15246] (122929)
  • [2014-01-01 8:31]

Witaj Gert!
Curious shop!
I like frame and colors.
Excellent scan.
Well done.

My wishes for you and also for your family, a Happy and Prosperous New Year 2014.


Happy New Year to you Gert! A colourful and positive start to 2014 and my wish is for more tolerance across cultures and beliefs. This scene looks peaceful and you have struck a rapport with the stall holder; I like that. Warmest regards Rosemary

Hi Gert,wonderfully vivid yet natural colors and with the friendly merchant cheering you it makes a perfect image to promote better relationships!Best wishes Wolf.

Hello Gert,
you set up a delicious, colourful composition before capturing the gentleman's attention and obtaining a spontaneous, friendly gesture from him. Friendliness, prosperity, direct, honest interaction, superb food, colours. May the new year bring to the world much more of the wonderful things conveyed by your photo. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a wonderful year!

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  • Waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2732 W: 154 N: 6183] (25436)
  • [2014-01-01 13:56]

Hi Gert,

A very nice and appropriate image to kick start the new year with the man lifting his glass as a symbolic gesture to cheer and welcome to the new beginning. Love the colorful fruit and vegetable displayed. A great daily life image from Yemen. I wish to see it one day. But I'll just have to satisfy enjoying your gallery for now. Thanks.


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  • UlfE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2518 W: 81 N: 3654] (14641)
  • [2014-01-01 14:27]

Hej Gert,

Vilket fantastiskt färggrann bild med alla frukter och grönsaker. Jag gillar också de två nakna lamporna som jag förmodar belyser varorna kvällstid. Att mannen hälsar med sitt höjda teglas ger ju onekligen bilden litet extra liv. Jag får också säga god fortsättning nu när vi är inne på 2014.


That stall offers many fresh vegetables and fruits : tomatos, bananas, onions, cucumbers, potatos and aubergines, bright colors, good portrait of that guy working, thanks, warm regards

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  • kato Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1386 W: 219 N: 3395] (11630)
  • [2014-01-02 4:22]

Hello Gert,

You're capturing well this scenery by a good angle and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the greengrocery in which sells vegetables and fruits. Shop owner looks like friendly, and it's effective for color combination.
I wish that you and your family are healthy and good year in 2014.

Kind regards,

Those fruits and vegetables look very fresh and delicious. Good details and you did a wonderful job scanning that retains its colors. Well done, tfs.

Hej Gert,
Skål för det nya året! En bra bild med mång afärger och intressanta grönsaker. Är de röda sakerna äpplen eller tomater? Och vad är det ljusgröna precis framför honom?

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  • Didi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8686 W: 4463 N: 15271] (61473)
  • [2014-01-02 8:32]

Hi Gert
Very interesting local typical scene, nice coloured ambiance
Best wishes for 2014

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 13679 W: 0 N: 16021] (168114)
  • [2014-01-02 8:34]


quel bel étalage de fruits et légumes tout en couleurs vives c'est sueprbe et ce marchand qui fiat santé et la lampe qui pend quel portrait de ce marchand sueprbe compo.
Bravo et belle soirée

Bonsoir gert
Un carré parfaitement composé et ici ces couleurs vives apporte beaucoup de dynamisme ā cette image.
Bonne soirée et bonne année 2014

Hej Gert,
these bright red tomatoes are so shiny that they make up for sunshine! :)
Beautiful artistic picture - and the seller standing among all these vegetables seem to transfer a good mood to us with his salutation.

Nasty weather still goes on.. please keep warm to chase away the cold!
kind regards,

namaste Gert,
this is a nice scene from bazar. Excellent colours. Great composition. I like the facial expression of the seller. A very good one. Tfs.

Hi Gert,

Market scenes always convey a visual magnetism, probably because it is a place where people get in contact with other people, or that fruits and veggies are usually displayed in an organized way, creating different coloured sections. Or we might simply be attracted by food scenes... :-p))

But no matter what the reasons, I like photography in market environment and this one makes no exception, particularly with the merchant who interact directly with the viewer. I also like the subtle angle, the way your subject seem surrounded by his products and the bananas that are "closing" the frame.

All the best for 2014!


Hi Gert, A pleasant New Year Greeting card with a lot of sweet fruits to share with us. The more fruits we eat the better health we get. Thank for sending this important message to guard our wealth. Splendid lights and colours always along with great composition. Wish you all the best for year of 2014

Dobar dan.
Lep pogled na prodavnicu voca i povrca ...
Dobar rad skeniranjem slajda, lepa fotografija.
Imajte lep i uspesan dan, sve najbolje sa lepim secanjem.

Good afternoon.
Nice view of the store fruit and vegetables ...
Good work by scanning the slide, beautiful photos.
Good afternoon.
Nice view of the store fruit and vegetables ...
Good work by scanning the slide, beautiful photos.
Have a nice and successful day, all the best with beautiful memories.

Ciao Gert, lovely daily life composition, splendid light, excellent clarity and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9989 W: 144 N: 25031] (122263)
  • [2014-01-03 5:06]

Hi gert, Good photo for New Year wishes, it seems that this man brings salute to all of us on TE. Excellent composition and quality after 15 years. Tomatoes, potatoes, aubergines, bananas, garlic and onions, the market near my home looks like this. I do not know what is behind the man and near tomatoes.
I do not remember well but it seems to me that once I dedicated a photo for two brothers. Now I see it could be not clear whom I meant :).
Warm regards in first days on 2014


Bonsoir, Gert,
Voilā une image qui change des cartes postales de Noël.
J'apprécie beaucoup cette composition prise sur le vif.
Une image haute en couleur. Je reste muet devant la composition des fruits et légumes (je ne sais comment tout cela tient).
Je vous présente mes meilleurs voeux pour l'année 2014.
P.S. : La photo de 1998 n'a pas pris de rides !

Hola Gert

Nice way to began the year with the serious seller greeting your capture, not so easy to obtain
About the vegetables, almost the same as are offered in Argentina
A new year and old and good memories ( photos) of your trips, hope you continue to share
Have a great 2014

Hello Gert,

Wonderful colorful picture from Yemen to celebrate the new year 2014. Excellent clarity and perfect sharpness. Very well done.TFS.

With regards from Luxembourg


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  • tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 415 N: 6630] (26832)
  • [2014-01-03 14:26]

Hello Gert,

And a Very Happy New Year to you and yours!

This man does not look too cheerful but at least he is giving you a salute and a rather weak smile. This greengrocer certainly has a very well stocked stall with vegetables and fruit of all descriptions and colours, all very neatly laid out before him. If he sells all that lot in a day he should make a pretty reasonable profit, I should hope.

An excellent and very well composed photograph with the proud salesman perfectly placed in the frame with his wares. Wonderful colours (another tribute to Kodachrome and your fine copying and editing skills) and excellent details and sharpness.


Kind Regards,


Hello Gert
Beautiful picture with the vibrant colours of oriental markets. I am tempted to bargain for a kg of tomatoes. The seller perfectly positioned and framed by the veggies.
Wish you a happy and peaceful 2014.
Best regards.

and this could be india.i wonder how different the places could be on this planet...and yet there are places that just seem so familiar and known..even though they might me far far away.great candid shot.

Hello Gert,

We got similar photographs todays.Mine displays fruits and yours vegetables.I love the warm colors.Very well done.TFS.


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  • Angshu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7851 W: 324 N: 16060] (56760)
  • [2014-01-07 4:15]

Hello Gert
Indeed a very apt photo to usher in the New Year. The stock of vegetables as I see is the same as what we get in India

Wishing you a very happy New Year & also congratulations on your landmark 900 fantastic achievement by all counts! You have showed and taught me a lot...thanks again!

Best Regards

Hello my friend
excellent fresh colorful capture with
originality impressive combination
of colors given to us in a pleasant
many wishes for you 2014

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  • jcpix Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1857 W: 2 N: 3793] (14030)
  • [2014-01-07 18:57]

Hi Gert,

I'm amazed at the quality of your scans, they could easily pass as much more recent. I love these types of scenes, the local markets always seem to produce so much intrigue for me, I really enjoy getting an idea of the different customs and cultures through what's being sold on the streets. Even better when you include the vendor, that personal touch shines through, especially here with a raised glass. Bright, colorful and well portrayed. A very Happy 2014 to you and yours. All the best.

Friendly regards,


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  • adores Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5877 W: 64 N: 11341] (46933)
  • [2014-01-09 16:11]

Hi Gert!
Well chosen photo! This is the kind of authentic markets I really like. Everything 's so simple and colourful and the pose and clothes of the seller add a lot to the composition. Another good shot of this amazing country!
Have a great New Year!

Hello Gert,
My very late but sincere wishes for an excellent 2014!
Ha, I see that there's a country that I've visited 10 years before you did. I still have vivid memories of Yemen (North Yemen), the (poor) tale of one thousand and one nights. I remember fantastic encounters and incredible hospitality. Will it ever be possible to go back there?
Highly suitable picture to salute on the new year (already 12 days old today).
Best regards, Paul

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  • Kielia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2514 W: 0 N: 6733] (24077)
  • [2014-01-16 7:54]

Dear Gert,
I am at all times fascinated by markets. Here you show us a very colorful place with interesting fruits. The shop keeper is very nicely posing for the photographer. A wonderful image on this special occasion; my compliments!
Warm regards

Hello Gert,
You made a beautiful picture. It is balanced and well composed, more colors are natural.The pose of the character is natural.
Well done!.

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  • jmdias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10438 W: 174 N: 17656] (78427)
  • [2017-01-14 14:57]
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I imagine bananas aren't produced in this arid country. nice details of these products and the vendor well positioned and natural.excellent portrait.



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