Friday, February 12, 2010

Flashback Friday: Petra girl redux

Remember when they found the Afghani girl from that famous cover of National Geographic 17 years after the original photo was taken?

Here is the original magazine cover, from 1985:

And here is the same girl, 17 years later:

It may not be quite as dramatic, but Jeremy had his own National Geographic moment when we were in Jordan in 2007.

Actually, the story starts back in 2004 when we were living in Syria. In September, we took a trip down to Jordan to see Petra. While there, we took this picture of a precious little Bedouin girl sitting on the steps leading down from the Monastery:

The moment was especially memorable because we had to ask her to scoot over so that her body would block an unsightly clump of donkey poo on the step behind her.

Three years later, Jeremy was in Petra again. And he found our little Bedouin girl and took her picture:

Over the years, we've taken lots of pictures of random strangers and it was nice to see one of them again for once. This will probably never happen again, but I still consider it our little National Geographic-ish moment.


Merkley Jiating said...

It's amazing, not only that you found the same girl, but that you recognized her!

Suzanne Bubnash said...

I never forgot that NG cover & then a few years ago they announced it was their most memorable (or popular?) mag cover of all time. Must be the penetrating green eyes.

You'll have to track that girl every time you go to Jordan.

Susanne said...

She looks more westernized on round 2. That's neat.

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