Jordan by Catherine Hyland and Colin Pantall

Text by Colin Pantall
Photographs by Catherine Hyland

(As told by Cat Hyland to Colin Pantall)

I remember the first time I went to Jordan, I arrived and was totally enamoured by the sound of the prayers reverberating around the city. It felt intense in a romantic way. That’s what you feel when you go into Petra for the first time. It’s all-encompassing, it’s emotional, it’s these vast landscapes and these monuments where so much manual labour has gone into carving out these rock caves and temples. It feels like something much bigger than you has been happening there for a long time. You feel unimportant in the grand scheme of things. Those memories returned as we drove into Petra for my second visit. We arrived in the evening and drove to the Bedouin campsite. And then came a gradual slowing down. The pace of life here is not fast. You make coffee and it takes two and a half hours,  the heartbeat steadies, the blood flows a little slower, you mellow into the desert way of being.

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