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Desert Downtime
Photograph by George Steinmetz

Relaxing by a campfire, a Bedouin family in Yemen rests in an enclosure designed to block wind and sand. The word Bedouin derives from the Arabic word badawin, or desert dwellers, and describes tribal cultures famous for their ability to survive in harsh environments like the Empty Quarter—the vast desert covering one-fifth of the Arabian Peninsula. Today many of the Empty Quarter's Bedouin are trading nomadic camps for permanent villages with access to modern medicine and schools for their children.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon 8008
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia
Lens: 20mm
Speed and F-Stop: Eight seconds @ f/2.8
Weather Conditions: Unrecorded
Time of Day: Just after sunset
Lighting Techniques: Tripod and patience


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