Feb 18th, 2011 |
As some of you might be aware, I’ve been getting very involved in the photography around here in Saudi Arabia. One of the initiatives I took up a couple of weeks ago was photowalks with local photographers. The idea is pretty simple: A bunch of photographers get together, walk around a location where they would like to take photos and dodge security, religious police and gawking people as they run around in a photographing frenzy.
Nah, that’s not true. Saudi Arabia has become amazingly good towards photographers as of late, and never in the past year have I been stopped in public by anyone but the curious passer-by. There’s even a Saudi Photographers Association now which gives you an official looking ID in case people get too close. Here’s the form if you want to get one!
Well, back to the topic at hand: Pictures! Here’s a few that I took on the walks in two locations: The AlKhobar Corniche and the KFUPM Campus. If anyone is interested in future photowalks in Shargiya (AlKhobar, Dhahran, Dammam), please send me an email or just fill in that form in the “Contacts” section. I would also appreciate suggestions on photowalk locations as there aren’t too many round these parts.
Make it small (But do you *really* want to see em small? )
The clouds and a blue sky on a very pleasant day at the AlKhobar Corniche. It's usually idyllic scenes like these that precede alien invasions in movies. Not that aliens would want to invade AlKhobar... but you know...
A pair (yes I deliberately avoided the use of the word 'couple'... ahem) of Saudi guys standing on the rocks at waterfront. The far away silhouettes you see behind them are towers of the King Fahd Causeway which connects Saudi Arabia to Bahrain.
And then the unthinkable happens. A vile and dangerous beast chases after a poor defenseless dude. What followed was intense gnashing of teeth and much blood.
Juuust kidding, it's a cute little dog! Look at it jump.. awww!
The AlKhobar Corniche at night, the most popular road in the city (that's not saying much, there's just like 3 major roads in the whole city). A popular pastime round here would be to count all the fast food joints as you drive down the road.
I make the photowalks an educational experience. We all learn! Here I was teaching the the other photographers on how to use shutter speeds for creative effect. Even though all the cars are moving at the same speed, the ones closer seem to move faster so are 'streakier' in the shot!
Another day, another photowalk. This is the centre of the King Fahd University campus and its iconic 'water tower'. Which is a lie. There is no water in that tower.
Oh look! Birdy!
And here's a photo of me taking that last photo provided graciously by @flopjoke , one of the fellow photographers on the photowalk. Yes, I really get into things when I shoot.
Another beautiful shot taken by @flopjoke. It's rare to have such pretty sunsets in Saudi Arabia.
The KFUPM Cube. No one seems to be quite sure why this is here. Makes for a good shot though, so why not...
A shot of the KFUPM tower at sunset with the Physics, Architecture, ITC and the Research Institute buildings behind it. KFUPM is made up of hundreds of buildings like these scattered all over the campus. Its a big university!
Every hour, the clock rings its bells. Several years ago, back when I was a student here, people lodged a protest because the clock tower sounded too much 'like a church' and the bells were turned off. I'm glad they're back now!
The KFUPM mountain pretty much overlooks the entire AlKhobar. This shot was taken from on top of Buillding 5 (Math) of the KFUPM main gate, probably one of the most permeable compound gates in the whole of Saudi Arabia!
Overlooking AlKhobar. As night falls, one of our fellow photographers, @TheManalyst, watches as the lights turn on in the city under us.
And that’s that! Hope you liked em! I would also appreciate suggestions on other great photowalk locations in AlKhobar or Riyadh. I may be in Jeddah next month so it wouldn’t hurt to set up a walk there as well!
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