Travel Photo Contest – Youssef Ismail
The desert is friend to very few. It is a harsh environment. In the desert the fruit of Man’s ingenuity does not stand a chance. From scorching heat to the relentless wind the desert takes its toll on everything. The only thing that seems to win out over the relentless desert is patience. Patience is the counter-weight to all of the difficulties that today’s world can bring on. From physical hardships to ethical dilemmas, the world of today is a moral desert taking its toll on our souls. Without patience firmly rooted in ones heart, navigating this life would be a losing battle but with patience our souls will outlive anything this world can throw at us.
Location: Mauritania, West Africa
Time: April 2007, at sunrise.
We were visiting a small village in the middle of no where in Mauritania, a village that is home to one of the last great Islamic Jurists. The school there has produced some of the world’s leading Islamic Judges. We were visiting the home of one of the village’s patriarchs at around noon. As we sat in the shade of his tent I noticed this broken down water pot just sitting there in the side besides his tent. The light was all wrong so I did not photograph it. I returned the next morning immediately after sunrise to luckily find the pot still there. I set up and made the photo.