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this minaret looks as much as a lighthouse from which it got its name as a tower for the to call to prayer...
either way Louis... i love your framing of it....petersmile
Louis: Thank you peter. This minaret stands at the seaside - a bit obscured by the dark tones.
I really like the tones in this - and the lovely silhouette!
Louis: Thank you Elizabeth. There is something exotic about minarets - at least to me.
  • Martine
  • France
  • 22 Aug 2016, 04:08
Je n'en avais jamais vu, c'est chose faite.
Louis: Autrefois, l'imam scandé l'appel à la prière de cette tour. Dans les temps modernes, on utilise les enregistrements et systèmes de haut-parleurs.
Superb backlit shot Louis!
Louis: Thank you Richard.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 22 Aug 2016, 07:13
They must be a common sight (& sound) Louis
Louis: They were all over the country. Walking in a place like Old City Jerusalem, Nasareth, Bethlehem - you hear them a lot, but what I found strange is that one seldom see men hurrying off to some nearby mosque. Islam requires 5 daily prayers, but I had the feeling there were more than 5 calls per day. I have never gone to the trouble to try and understand that.
It reminds me of a lighthouse, Louis!
Louis: Well, "minaret" is the Arabic word for lighthouse, Ginnie.
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 22 Aug 2016, 07:40
I wonder how many years it has been calling to prayer, Louis
Louis: This one was fairly new, compared to some I have seen. My guess, it would not be more than 100 years.
I think it's cheating to use a loud speaker Louis.
Louis: Heh, heh - you think so? If the results are there, it would be okay smile But, they have automated the process. So, it is the robot that call Muslims to prayer.
We see several images in monochrome today, this is particularly impressive
Louis: Good thing, when we keep each other on our toes. Thanks for this comment, Martin.
A moody-broody shot with such texture. Well done, Louis.
Louis: It was a colourless sunset, so it was good for mono, I thought. Thank you Mary.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands... just below sealevel.
  • 22 Aug 2016, 13:28
Love the silhouette... beetje jammer dat er geen echt persoon meer staat te 'zingen'.... technology wins here I think.
Fabulous picture.
Louis: I replied to gutteridge, that robots and tape recorders are now calling Muslims to prayer. Thanks for the comment, Astrid.
Looking at this one there seems to be a loudspeaker on the side so I guess it might be automated instead of the man going to do the call, or of course I could be entirely wrong.
Louis: You are entirely right, Brian - the speaker blares a recorded call as dictated by some timing device.
Fine silhouette, Louis.
Louis: Thank you Tom.
I suppose if we have recordings of church bells this is just another example of moving with the times
Louis: The church that we belonged to, as a child, built a new building, which was completed in 1963. The bell tower was fitted with 8 bells, which were static, but the hammer was operated electrically. This happened either from a drum, connected to a timing mechanism. When the drum turned, it would set off a melody, that was played by the bells on the half and full hours. A little key board was also used for manual play, if required for some reason. Being an investigative kid, I played that key board a couple of times smile
I like the light through the window.
Louis: Thank you Jacquelyn
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 23 Aug 2016, 08:49
Lovely silhouette. I remember my first time in the Middle East being woken in the early hours by the call of the Muezzin. Very haunting experience.
Louis: This dawn and dusk crying can be haunting, indeed. Good thing you used the word Muezzin, which reminded me, that the crier is a mu'addin in Arabic. Couldn't remember it, yesterday.
beautiful tower in your fine shot, Louis. i like the de saturated presentation.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 25 Aug 2016, 06:20
A pleasingly arty image, Louis.
Louis: Inspired by a blackdog, running with us, here on SC.

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