Morning walk in Riyadh – Street & Documentary

The last time I visited Riyadh I had the chance to go out in a photowalk early morning with some photographer friends who know some the of the areas there, so we went to an area called AlWezarat which most of the people who live there are foreign. It wasn’t my best walk, but it wasn’t bad either.

كانت لدي الفرصة للقيام بجولة تصوير سريعة في الصباح الباكر عندما في زيارتي الأخيرة للرياض مع بعض الأصدقاء المصورين الذين كانوا يعرفون بعض المناطق في المدينة، توجهنا إلى حي يسمى حي الوزارات وهو بشكل عام مأهول بالسكان الأجانب. لم تكن جولتي المفضلة في ذلك اليوم ولم تكن سيئة أيضاً.

All photos captured in Jan 2018 – Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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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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Day at the famous Jeddah AlBalad area

Last year I had a course training from work for a week in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and it was a perfect opportunity to visit the famous Jeddah Historical Area also known as Jeddah AlBalad. I visited this area many times before including one which was part of my Street life in Saudi Arabia Project, you can view the published blogs here and also I published a story from the series Saudi Life Story. So yeah I have lots of memories from this area and here’s even more photos which I hope you like. Enjoy!

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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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AlDawaser Tenet – Story 004

في أحد أقدم الأحياء في الدمام تقع خيمة صغيرة وسط أرض فضاء محاطة بالأشجار وضعها بعض كبار السن من أهل الحي وهي بمثابة المتنفس لهم، أطلقت عليها اسم خيمة الدواسر لسبب أن الحي يطلق عليه بـ حي الدواسر. بوهشام وبومحمد وبوخالد قد اعتادوا لفترة طويلة بعد تقاعدهم من العمل قضاء أوقاتهم هنا بفترات متقطعة وبشكل يومي بالإضافة إلى أشخاص اخرين.

In one of the oldest areas in Dammam a small tent located in an empty land surrounded by green trees and it was put together by some local old men which is consider a relaxing spot for them, I called it AlDawaser Tent because this area is called AlDawaser neighborhood. Abu Hesham, Abu Mohammad and Abu Khaled are used to be here for a long time after their retirement from their work and they spend their time here daily in different timing with other people.

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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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Elder’s Details 2

An old man I came across in Jubail village in AlHasa, Saudi Arabia. This is someone I met before in my previous photowalks for my street life project & this time I saw him near his house in a different cloth, good thing is that he recognized me after speaking to him & then I took a few photos in a different way then before.

Photos captured in Aug 2016 – AlHasa, Saudi Arabia

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Layla in a Southern Saudi Dress

About A year ago my lovely daughter Layla started to have a long hair and difficult for her mother to keep at good all the time, so we decided to cut it in order to have a new look & renew her hair but before that I did a photoshoot for her to document that long hair and chose her to wear a Southern Saudi Dress which I bought from my visit to Abha.

All Photos captured using Canon 5D Mark III with Canon EF 70-200mm F/2.8 IS USM –  October 2016

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