Postcard from Amman in black and white

May 23, 2013 in Jordan,Middle East,Places,Postcards

To Western eyes, it’s unlikely that Amman would be classified as a “beautiful” city: it doesn’t have the wide, tree-lined boulevards of Paris or the modern skyscrapers juxtaposed next to the lean-to street carts of Bangkok. It’s a city of rolling hills: geometrically stacked with white square houses, scattered with ancient Roman ruins, the call to prayer echoing through the streets five times a day.

Jordanian flag flying over Amman, Jordan

 

Amman is dusty, dotted with beautifully reverent mosques and cheerfully colorful markets. It’s a city of people, women with their hair carefully covered but their smiles showing. The men hawk goods, drive tourists, perch around tables with cigarettes dangling and teacups full. It might not be the most beautiful city, but Amman has character: even with the colors, the scents, the sounds all stripped.

 

Doors at the Blue Mosque in Amman, Jordan

Citadel ruins at Amman, Jordan Citadel ruins at Amman, Jordan  Citadel ruins in Amman, Jordan Houses in Amman, Jordan Ancient Roman ruins in Amman, Jordan Man standing on mphitheater ruins in Amman, Jordan Amphitheater ruins in Amman, Jordan Man selling fruit at market in Amman, Jordan Woman buying fruit at market in Amman, Jordan Two men in Amman, Jordan

Note: I was a guest of the Jordan Tourism Board, but all opinions are my own. 

  • Casey

    Gorgeous! I’ve always found the Middle East to have such a unique sort of beauty!

  • camorose

    Agreed. Very different from what we’re used to out West!

  • Megan

    It can be really difficult to adequately capture so much beauty and emotion in B&W, but you’ve done a wonderful job! These photos are fantastic and so different.

  • Ashley of Ashley Abroad

    These pictures are magical! You really are a gifted photographer :)

  • camorose

    Thank you so much! I really enjoyed having this slightly different perspective for the images :)

  • camorose

    You’re too kind–thank you!

  • very beautiful. you make peeps want to go explore!

  • camorose

    Awww thanks!

  • I love that you’ve shot these in black and white. It makes the city seem that much more old and beautiful.

  • camorose

    Thank you!

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