Unlike in other countries where workers and employees only work for 5 days in a week, it is different here in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. People spend 6 days for work and a day for a day-off.
Many expatriates and Saudis grab the opportunity to unwind on an early morning walk on a day-off. At this time, the streets are not crowded.
Here are two photos of my fellow Filipinos having fun mingling with pigeons at Corniche area in Balad.
Flock of this kind of birds is a common sight here in the Kingdom. They would usually gather around you every time you throw some foods on the ground.
This post is my share for WordPress Daily Prompt for today with the theme “fun”.
These are famous garments use mostly by our friends in Muslim communities. There’s a lot of displays here in Jeddah which I thought good subject for color photography. I was not mistaken, perhaps in my opinion.
This post is my share for WordPress Daily Prompt for today with the theme “fad”.
A marriage of shadow and light is good in photography specially when shooting in the streets.
The scene below was taken on an early morning of a Friday while Salah (prayer time) is on-going at Old Balad, Jeddah. All business establishments here in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia closes to give respect at times of prayer.
Here in Jeddah and all over the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, it is a common sight to see people praying on the streets. If they could not go to a nearby mosque, they can choose any place to pray. They do it in groups, but if wanted, they may do it alone.
It’s a good thing to know that people can pray anywhere. It is an affirmation that God is everywhere.
This post is my share to WordPress Daily Prompt Theme, “Society”.
Oh! I need your control
Without you, I’m a useless fool
So, please don’t just leave me down the hall. I like to be played
It’s why I was made
If you don’t like me, do a trade
To someone who’ll love me ’til I fade. Without someone, I’ll be just a ball. ———- http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2014/01/31/photo-challenge-object/
I’ve gone to school
they taught us numbers;
Figures and equations
I couldn’t even remember;
all the inches and meters;
All year long
every given semester;
Graduation at last
counted a lot of beers;
But then when at work
All I need are my fingers.
To where should I be?
If endless roads meet,
and my wings limit the sky as I flee.
To where should I stay?
If seasons change,
like any other place I played.
To where should I die?
If to dust shall I be
as time passes by.
Tell me, to where should I be?
A week after my return to work here in Jeddah, I began to explore my newly acquired fuji x100s for street photography.
I sold my Canon gear last year to be able to buy this very famous mirrorless camera from fuji. There are two major reasons why I change gear. First, my Canon DSLR’s shutter count is almost done. Secondly, I want a small and more discrete camera to use for my photography genre aside from landscape and still life which is street photography..
Photography here in Saudi Arabia doesn’t have that full freedom yet. There are places where photography is not allowed. Some people, especially Saudis are not that much open yet to be photographed by a stranger. (Note: women here are not allowed to be photographed). As a photographer, I respect there rules and regulations regarding photography.
To start my journey of documenting the streets and people’s lives here in Jeddah, I had a simple photowalk near my place. Later, I found out that most of the people living in that area are Pakistanis (I can recognize them through their clothes.) My purpose is not to fully focus on making photographs but to observe first how people will react on a person walking with a camera and how will they respond if they saw me shooting some things within the area. I also tried to observe if they will be that friendly if I greet them while I pass by. To make it short, I am just warming up. An introduction to my journey which I would like to take while I’m here in a foreign land.
As they say, street photography is very hard. One will be happy if he comes back with at least one successful good shot. Here are some shots from the photowalk.
This series of photos is a part of my first day of trying my Fuji X100s on street photography. I’ve done it in my hometown’s market area. Generally, I love it a lot. The X100s gave me all kinds of comfort as street photographer.
But this post is not about my experience or a review about my camera. It’s not my kind of thing. This is about a usual scene in a market that sometimes we also do unconsciously. It’s all about butts.
So, next time you go to market be aware of bending forward your body, a crazy bored photographer might be taking a photo behind you. 😀
I’ve already posted a black and white version of this photo here, but since this week’s wordpress photo challenge is about “hue”, I opted to post this colored version together with the black and white.
Since I started loving photography, making photos of sunset is one of my favorites. I just love the colors and peace atmosphere that it brings. It calms my mind and soul. A gift of peace after a busy day. It’s the feeling of completeness and success. It’s beyond any description and explanation.
But if I like to appreciate beauty in its deepest sense, I tend to look at it in black and white. The simplicity without diversity. The unison of things. The beauty beyond what is seen.
Oftentimes we feel the same way. Moods change. Different personalities brought by different circumstances. Persons, things and experiences add colors to our life, but at the end of the day only ourselves know who we really are deep within.
I was born not that poor. My parents were making a living just enough to provide us with our daily needs. I could remember that we used to recycle things found around us and turn it to toy cars and toy guns aside from the traditional kid’s games in my country. We have no television, so I have to visit our neighbor just to watch some shows. But I never regret it. I have a wonderful childhood. I’m a great tree climber. Had fun catching small fishes in a creek. Exhaust all my energy following dragonflies and developed techniques on how to catch them by their tails. And so much more kids stuff. I had fun.
But if I’ll be asked what I would like to add on my childhood. It’s to visit Disneyland. More kids now are so lucky that their parents let them experience a kind of fun that they didn’t experience as a child.
While almost everyone is busy this Hajj season in Saudi Arabia going to Meccah which gave us few days of vacation, I and a friend took a few hours for a side trip to shoot sunset at North Corniche of Jeddah, KSA.
I am surprised as I saw today’s Daily Prompt entitled on the road. Although its main objective is to show bloggers about “travel”, I still want to share this photo of mine taken from the streets of Baclaran, Manila, Philippines.
This might be a good literal cover photo for today’s theme, “On The Road”.
Here in Saudi Arabia, you can see a lot of things like this things abandoned in an empty lot.
In life, oftentimes our place in society depends on what kind of chair we sat upon. In offices, the manager has a better kind of chair than a simple employee. Kings have their own kind too. Look around. You can see people’s society status by simply looking on what kind of chair they’re using.
In life, we don’t have to change ourselves, only get better. We need to improve but keep who we really are. So aim for a better and improved quality chair, but don’t change how you sit. It’s you. You’re unique.
I wish peace. I long for serenity. I want calmness. I need happiness. I MISS HOME
Actually, time always stood still, every time I miss home. I’m working here in abroad while my family is in the Philippines. My wife is taking care of our first baby born child, now 12 days old.
Time stood still while I’m remembering each moment while we were together before I went abroad. Treasured moments of laughter and struggles. Things flashed back on my mind on how we become successful in overcoming trials together.
And if I could only tweak a thing, it would be being there for them even for a single moment to give them both a hug and a kiss.
I miss home.