Abu Ali The Blacksmith – Story 008

في أحد شوارع سوق القيصرية الخلفية في الهفوف بمحافظة الأحساء يعمل أبوعلي في ورشته الصغيرة في مهنة الحدادة التي ورثها عن أبيه، حسين محمد المبارك في الخامس والثلاثين من عمره يعمل حداداً منذ سنٍ صغير جداً على حد قوله، يبدأ عمله بعد صلاة الظهر وحتى إلى بعد صلاة المغرب.

In the back street of AlQaisariah Market in Hofuf, AlHasa there Abu Ali works in his small workshop as a blacksmith which he inherited from his father, 35 years old Hussain Mohammed AlMubarak works as a blacksmith from very young age according to him, he starts working at 1 pm and finishes after sunset.

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AlKhamis market – Streets & Stories

AlKhamis market which is a weekly market held Saturday just after sunrise, AlKhamis means Thursday, before in Saudi Arabia the weekend was Thursday & Friday, then it changes a few years ago to Friday & Saturday. So the name remains the same but in a different day, and here are some photos and stories I took from that morning.

سوق الخميس وهو سوق أسبوعي يقام يوم السبت بعد شروق الشمس، يسمى سوق الخميس لأنه سابقاً كان السوق يقام في يوم الخميس عندما كانت العطلة الأسبوعية تصادف الخميس والجمعة ولكن بعد أن تغيرت قبل بضعة سنوات إلى الجمعة والسبت تغير اليوم الذي يقام فيه السوق ولكن لم يتغير المسمى لدى الناس، إلتقطت في ذلك الصباح بعض الصور من الحياة وبعض القصص.

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Morning walk in Manama central – Bahrain

So this was an early morning walk in Manama Souq in the area which has the famous Bab AlBahrain, in this walk I used my 24mm lens on my 5DIII which was the first time to shoot streets using this lens and it was also the last time, in short I didn’t like that range, it can’t compete to the 35mm focal range. Anyway enough with the technical stuff and here are some of the scenes I managed to capture during that morning including a bonus at the end. Enjoy!

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AlMiswak Seller – Story 007

علي السلامي (أبو يحيى) في الستينيات من عمره يجلس في حي البادية في الدمام من بعد صلاة العصر إلى ما بعد المغرب في بيع بعض البضائع البسيطة على بساط الرصيف ومنها المسواك وهي قطعة تستخرج من نوع معين من الأشجار وتستخدم في تنظيف الأسنان والفم.

Ali AlSalami (Abu Yahya) in his 60s years old from AlBadiyah area in Dammam, Saudi Arabia sits down from the afternoon until sunset on the sidewalk selling a few merchandise including AlMiswak which is usually a small piece of wood taken out of a certain type of trees and used as a natural cleaner for the teeth & mouth.

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AlQurain Old men – Story 006

في أحد زاويا قرية القرين أحد القرى الشمالية لمحافظة الأحساء وجدت غرفة صغيرة في أحد المزارع يقصدها بعض كبار السن بقصد اللقاء وقضاء الوقت مع بعضهم البعض. أبونوح، أبويعقوب، أبوعلي وغيرهم يحكون لي بعض قصصهم.

In one of the corners of AlQurain village which is part of the Northern villages in AlHasa, Saudi Arabia I found a small room in one of the farms that some of the local old men goes to for meeting others and spending their time there. Abo Nouh, Abu Yaqoub, Abo Ali and the rest of them tell me some of their stories.

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Abu Adel a collector – Story 002

في مدينة بريدة في منطقة القصيم وبالتحديد في سوق الحرفيين الذي تم انشاءه من قبل الدولة يوجد متحف لأحد أشهر جامعي التحف في المنطقة إن لم يكن بالمملكة ويدعى أبو عادل الصمعاني.

In Buraydah city, Qassim Region and exactly in market built by the government for craftsman there lies a museum for a famous collector in the area if it’s not an all over Saudi Arabia and he’s called Abu Adel.

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Ibrahim a Yemeni cafe man – Story 001

Hello all, this is a start for a new long term photography project which I’ve talked about before here and it’s called Saudi Life Story, which is meant for anyone men or women, old or young that are living in Saudi Arabia ( not necessarily a Saudi ) Enjoy the first story!

مرحبا بالجميع، بداية مشروع فوتوغرافي جديد طويل الأجل والذي تكلمت عنه هنا سابقاً وهو بعنوان قصص حياة السعودية، والذي يكون بشكل عام على الرجال والنساء، الكبار والصغار منهم والذين يعيشون داخل السعودية (وليس بالضرورة من الجنسية السعودية) استمتعوا بأول قصة!


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Extracting Oil the old way from Jazan

When I was on the road from Jazan to Abha I saw in the sideways camels circling around blindfolded with men guiding them. So I stopped my car and it turns out that they are extracting  oil by grinding it, the camel circle around pulling the wooden lever hooked to him plus a big rock in his back so he moves slowly,  all that attached to a pole of wood which is crafted especially for this task and this pole moves as the camels circle in a big wooden pot also especially crafted for this, it turns slowly for hours and grind the seeds into oil called (Smsm Oil) used either for food or healthy choices for woman which is very common in the Southern Region. Another amazing thing that the camel can move & stop by a sound that the owner make which something impressive!

All Photos captured in October 2016 – Jazan, Saudi Arabia

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Table football – Jeddah

Walking around the historical area in Jeddah AlBalad which is the old side of Jeddah city in Saudi Arabia, the kids there always get my attention and some play with table games like table tennis and in this case Table Football which is a miniature of the famous football but in a table and it can be player either 1v1 or 2v2. Khaled & Mohammed are playing against each other in a game they both love and really good at it

All photos captured in November 2017 – Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

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