Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Arabian Ghost Town
This past Friday we did something a little different than our usual - wake up late, go have lunch at Chilis, do something at the mall, etc. - routine.
"A", who is a photography buff, and a friend of his from billiards also named "A" (and herein to be referred to as "A2") who also likes taking photographs, took us to an old deserted village by the sea here. Al Jazeer Al Hamra, is a ghost town of abandoned old Arabic houses, crumbling mosques and shops. I had told "A" before how I wanted to go see old places around here and take pictures so I can get ideas for paintings (I am not very big on painting modern looking buildings or people wearing modern western style clothing - it is boring - though I don't mind if they are wearing modern versions of traditional kinds of clothes, like kandora, abaya, Jilabeeya, Shalvar Kameez, Sari, etc.
Anyway, in true local fashion, "A" kind of forgot to mention this plan and only informed us when they were ready to go, so the boys were just wearing regular house clothes. I told him that if he had told us longer before just showing up at our gate, I would have made them wear kandora - then we could have taken some nice photos of them too in that setting. So he said "insha' allah next time."
The place was truly amazing and the kids had a great time exploring the crumbling houses and towers.
I thought I would share a few photos with you all here.