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The Shargiya Photowalks

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.

BIG Pictures!
Make it small (But do you *really* want to see em small? :P )

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...

Saudis at the Corniche

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.

A dog chases a saudi guy at the corniche

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.

A Saudi and his dog

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!

The KFUPM Campus

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!

Oh look! Birdy!

Taking the last photo

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.

Sunset at KFUPM

Another beautiful shot taken by @flopjoke. It's rare to have such pretty sunsets in Saudi Arabia.

The KFUPM Cube

The KFUPM Cube. No one seems to be quite sure why this is here. Makes for a good shot though, so why not...

The KFUPM Tower

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!

KFUPM Tower Clock

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 Main Gate

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

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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  • http://themanalyst.com Manal Assaad

    LOL loved your caption of each photo! & you could’ve named me in that last photo :P I don’t mind hehe. Great shots!

  • Chiara

    M’enfin! A sign of life! I thought the aunties had got you!

    Very nice comeback post (sans explication…)!

    I like the ones with the water/clock tower and the wilde beaste/canine best.

    Do Saudi guys always come in pairs? :D :P

    Nice to see you back! :D

  • http://www.nidalm.com/blog/ Anonymous

    Changes done!

  • http://www.nidalm.com/blog/ Anonymous

    Thanks Chiara :) I’d been staring at the post for a while wondering if I should upload id. Finally went for it :)

    Still AUnty-free for now, but things change pretty fast in this dangerous world of singlehood :)

    Dp Saudi guys always come in pairs? I don’t know.. that would be an anthropological exercise best left to people that are not me :P

  • http://themanalyst.com Manal Assaad

    Great :D now say a few good words about me, & how fun/pretty/smart I am or whatever & basically a matrimonial ad :P
    haha just kidding… That is a great shot <3 Thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/Mooni_N Moni

    Wow i live in Al-Khobar and never seen such beautiful pictures like those
    good job and good luck

  • http://www.nidalm.com/blog/ Anonymous

    Thanks for stopping by Moni :) AlKhobar, when it comes down to it, is a very beautiful town. That’s why I like organizing these photowalks because we appreciate it more when we get results like there!

  • http://twitter.com/sumi_k08 Sumayya Khalid

    Yay!! i finally got to see them.. they are amazing, Khobar looks beautiful.. n all of a sudden i am missing home.. :( … BUt gr8 pictures =) totallly love ur work!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FDKHGDWN6TC7QGY4U257GSU2DM Kamal Mahmassani

    great shots nidal! im moving back to khobar around sept iA, we should go shooting together, if u dont mind dragging a noob around ;)

  • http://www.nidalm.com/blog/ Anonymous

    When it comes down to it, we’re all noobs buddy :)

    The more the merrier! Let me know when you’re here!

  • http://blueabaya.blogspot.com Laylah

    Hi there! I recently came across your blog and it’s absolutely amazing!
    I have a photoblog on Saudi Arabia myself which I just recently started: imagesofsaudi.blogspot.com. You’re very talented and thanks for linking all those photography in saudi documents too!

    I admire your blog so much I decided to give you the Stylish Blogger Award, check out my other blog for more details! http://blueabaya.blogspot.com/

    Laylah

  • http://blueabaya.blogspot.com Laylah

    Hi there! I recently came across your blog and it’s absolutely amazing!
    I have a photoblog on Saudi Arabia myself which I just recently started: imagesofsaudi.blogspot.com. You’re very talented and thanks for linking all those photography in saudi documents too!

    I admire your blog so much I decided to give you the Stylish Blogger Award, check out my other blog for more details! http://blueabaya.blogspot.com/

    Laylah

  • Mostafa Habib

    Wonderful!!

  • http://nomadicsamuel.com Nomadic Samuel

    Night photography is something I’m really looking to improve upon myself.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ATELANOCRADAZA Joman Cabangon Radaza

    Wow … Im a fan…

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