|Hassan Hajjaj photography|
Perhaps what makes the photos so good, so interesting is that these woman are not only riding but are in the "middle east" (actually Morocco is a Northern Africa country that shares a long and varied history with Europe). We Americans tend to paint the world with a single brush and seeing something that doesn't fit that world view can, at times, be shocking.
To the best of my knowledge all the woman in the series are veiled and modestly dressed. Yet their is a shocking amount of color, Nike and Gucci branded djellabah (which covers the face) are everywhere, and sensible shoes rule the day. In nearly all the photo's the woman are relaxed. Again, I would not call any of the photo's "sexy" but the woman are confident...and that makes them sexy.
|Hassan Hjjaj photography|
The second thing that really struck me this week was from the files of the the Scooterfile website. They raved about Hero's new RNT design, which is not only lovely but shows the diversity of scooters...and what happens when a company actually knows it's market. Hero is an Indian company and the RNT is a bike developed almost exclusively for the developing world. The RNT was designed with help from the Eric Buell Racing, who also has exclusive dealership rights in the US. I cannot see much of a market in the developed world for this thing...but the design is brilliant.
Long story short its designed to be a workhorse. You can see it can already carry two or more people easily. Packages and crates can be lashed down easily in the front and back. It has a 150cc diesel engine which provides 14 horsepower , a removable front LED headlight that then can be used as a flashlight. This is where the brilliance kicks in. There is a socket to plug electric items into...so it's a generator too. The front wheel is also powered by a 1.3 HP motor, so it is a two wheel drive. Always helpful in those parts of the world where the pavement ends. Diesel also tends to be less expensive in the long run while providing better fuel economy (one of the reasons you see fleets of trucks running diesel).
The RNT is often compared to the Jeep of the 1940's. A "Do anything, go anywhere" vehicle and from what I read, it is. What it's designed for is the back roads of India, Nigeria, Afghanistan. It's designed to bring your family into town to shop, for slogging through unpaved roads and taking a farmer's goods to market. It's designed for work.
Yet it's also beautiful.