I believe that is the phrase used when the staff is behind your back clowning around. I am pretty private. So it was not advertised. But somehow my staff found out about my birth date. It also happened we were having dinner outside. So everyone took the opportunity to have a little fun. Yes, yes, thankfully no one sang. This is a more capable staff than you might think from the picture. In fact they are quite good. This picture or one like it was also circulated which leads me to deny that I am one bit older. Thanks all.
Okay the first guy I have puzzled out to be a knife sharpener. The second guy is carrying lanterns or mini fire hydrants. Okay probably not hydrants but that is my guess till someone corrects me. It was the old city and I assume they were on the way to do a demonstration. Sorry they got by me and I did not get ahead to catch a better shot.
I am in the old city and around a corner there are camels being led. Two camels stopped at a barrier and a crowd coalesced immediately. The kids started taking pictures. Smart phones were clicking away. For me, I don’t see camels very often. I guess this crowd doesn’t see many camels either.
The tent is actually a cover. A man was hidden riding with his identity concealed. The two camels marched up and out of sight along a narrow alley. I got distracted by some other subjects headed my way.
As I said kids are pretty much the same everywhere. They are fun and unassuming. I like to get candids when I can. The trick is to shoot them unawares. I prefer spontaneity.
I was walking along an empty alley. Really! If you were with me you might be a bit wary. There were not many people about in the late afternoon. No one comes out till much later. I am street aware but do not feel unsafe walking around with my Nikon slung over my shoulder. It is pretty simple to make out that I am not a native to Saudi. As I walked past, the guy on the left gestured for me to take their picture. So I did. I might have staged them closer together or shot each individually. I fired off several frames and shared the last with them on my LCD screen. I received a satisfied look and moved on. They did not want a copy. They just wanted their picture taken by a tourist. Okay!
Really? I have seen some strange sights. However, the carts in the background explain. These guys are delivery guys. They will cart loads around earning money from customers and shopkeepers as they go. Quiet time is naptime; all is well. It’s just an odd place to nap.
It was the heat of the day. Well, for this particular day it was rather balmy. People were taking a load off. Notice the lack of shoes. And the guy is resting his feet on cardboard. You may also note that this abaya shop is among few shops open at this hour. Everyone does their serious shopping well after dark.
I wandered around the old city and was discretely snapping pictures as I went. And, every once in a while someone will ask me to take their picture. Really! This was a variation. Another guy saw me with my big shiny Nikon and beckoned me to snap off a shot. So I did. I realize that I was nervous and might have moved in for a closer shot. He’s selling carry bags and I wanted to include them. His friend was having a great time encouraging me. And my new friend was quite tolerant.
The woman in the foreground is selling cactus fruit. She has peeled it and sells it in plastic bags. I tried some from the market. It is not too tasty. They remind me of mini- pineapples but they are not. The date shop has many dates and of different quality. You can see the color differences. I am not savvy enough to tell one date from another. The only opinion I have about dates – “guys are just happy if their date shows up.”
Guys hang out in Al Balad to do delivery work. So they will take things from point A to B. Business was slow so this guy ad his daughter along for a ride. I guess in between she walks.