Much of the medina of Kairouan dates to the 18th century, although the first walls were built in the 8th century and the city was founded about the year 670. Its location far from the sea was chosen to secure it from attacks by the Berbers who were resisting the Arab expansion through North Africa.
Tunisia – Photo Tip

Predict the future for stronger images

Photo by Lucas Vallecillos

Tunisia – Photo Tip Predict the future for stronger images

It can be very difficult to create a powerful image where people are in motion. My attitude in these situations, such as here in Tunisia is based on a philosophical hybrid between two photographic legends: the “decisive moment” of Cartier Bresson and the “in-between” of Robert Frank.

Lucas Vallecillos
Lucas Vallecillos Travel Photographer

Like I did here in Tunisia, I try to focus the eye, head and heart on moments that are actually not important or happen spontaneously. Success in capturing such images depends on experience and anticipation. One must imagine the scene a few seconds before it will happen.

In this photo where a child turns to look at me in the medina of Kairouan (above), the most important was experience. Usually in places where the presence of a foreigner arouses curiosity, it is the children who are most natural about looking at the photographer.

In the photo of the wall of the medina in Kairouan (below), advance planning was most important. As the cyclists approached each other from opposite directions, I waited for the shot. Then all I had to do was lift the camera, frame and shoot just when I thought the position of both elements within the frame would be right.

As well as anticipation, experience and technique, luck also plays a large role in creating strong images.

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The city of Kairouan sits near the center of Tunisia, and its ramparts protect a Unesco-listed medina that has changed little since the city was a vital link in spreading Islam throughout North Africa. The first place of worship was founded only 38 years after the death of the Prophet and the city became an important pilgrimage site for Muslims. Photo by Lucas Vallecillos / Alamy

Lucas Vallecillos

Lucas Vallecillos

Canon EOS 5D

Agency
Alamy
Aperture
ƒ/6.3
Exposure
1/500
ISO
100
Focal
50 mm

The city of Kairouan sits near the center of Tunisia, and its ramparts protect a Unesco-listed medina that has changed little since the city was a vital link in spreading Islam throughout North Africa. The first place of worship was founded only 38 years after the death of the Prophet and the city became an important pilgrimage site for Muslims.

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