Sunday, November 22, 2020

People of Saudi Arabia 1

A colorful group

Flower crown makers

 Boy with khanjar (curved dagger)


William Kendall said...

Splendid portraits.

Marie Smith said...

The women are missing.

Tom said...

...and women are at home?

At Home In New Zealand said...

Great photos. Thanks so much for sharing insights into the local culture like you do.

Susie of Arabia said...

Marie and Tom - Attitudes about photography have changed quite a bit since I moved here in 2007. I used to get scolded for carrying my big camera around. Privacy was, and still is, a big thing here. Taking photos of Saudi women, even fully veiled, used to be taboo - but obviously what has really changed all that is the advent of phones equipped with built in cameras. People here are much more comfortable around cameras now, although there are still strict laws about photographing people without their permission here, especially women. In the past women were often blackmailed if photos of them without their hair covered got into the worng hands.
The photos in this post were taken in a more conservative area of Saudi Arabia and taking photos of women there would still be largely considered culturally inappropriate.