1980, Luxor, Egypt
Plate 48, 18x27
In 1980 I was working in Luxor, southern Egypt. We lived on the West Bank, which had this little dock for our ferry. One evening as I returned from going over to the city, I saw this shipment of the most beautiful tomatoes, and mesmerized, I had to take this picture. They were a picture by both color and composition. How the hot dry bleached desert could yield this fruit I still do not fully understand. Even with irrigation from the Nile, it seemed that the yield exceeded the environment. What also made the shot was the design of the crate, built with very little material to do a very large job — a study in conservation, in beauty and in function in an ancient land. I have often wondered how they learned to produce and ship these crops.