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It has been awfully quiet on the blog these past few days. For one reason: I was again out of internet reach in the deserts and wadis of Oman. Ok, once I got some 3G when I hopped around on a mountain like ET trying to call home. Anyways, these past few days, I’ve been part of a photo tour called Oman in Focus with about a dozen other photographers from around the world. At the end, I’ll present my three best photos at an exhibition in the Royal Opera House in Muscat. Exciting stuff all around.
I was incredibly happy to get the chance to photograph Oman, especially since my last amazing stay in the Middle East (love you Jordan, miss you Petra!) and to, admittedly forcedly, finally try my hand at portraits. I’m not a people person and I’d much rather point my camera at landscapes, wildlife and architecture instead of trying to convince an old Omani guy who doesn’t speak English to take his photo. Landscapes don’t object. A Zebra may point its butt at me, but the rejection doesn’t hurt as much. But on this tour through Oman, I didn’t have much of a choice. Thanks to some fairly poor oranization, we gazed at the most stunning landscapes in the middle of the day, when due to the harsh midday light, taking photos was simply out of the question. Therefore I had to adapt and switch to portrait photography and I even learned how to say “can I take your picture?” in Arabic (it’s “Momkin Asawerk?”).
Enjoy the first part of the photo series with pictures from the remote mountain village Wekal, the city Nakhal and it’s fort and some good blue hour stuff in Mussanah: