All posts by “Jaina

Photo of a saguaro cactus looking from the bottom up.

My obsession with the saguaro

They’re everywhere. I’m not exaggerating. Maybe just a little bit. It’s hard not to point out every single saguaro cactus you see, if you’ve never been to Arizona and you visit for the first time. Though, over a year living here, and I’m still obsessed. […]

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Black and white photo of a close-up of a lampshade with shadows of blinds on one side.

A shadowy stay-at-home story (part 2)

This isn’t as sinister as the title may suggest. The stifling of creativity I mentioned before took me down some “dark” paths. I kept hunting for moments in time, shadows, light, and texture—those things that I miss on my day-to-day of just being at home. […]

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A stay-at-home story (part 1)

For the last six months, my world has been the world enclosed in the walls that I live in. Like almost everyone in the world. It’s my gym, my cinema, my bar, and my occasional restaurant. I would have added “it’s my office,” but my […]

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Hello there, from Manama souq

Photo 10/52 | Hello there

Waiting in a tiny tailor’s shop in Manama souq. The guy cleaning in the sandwich shop across the way couldn’t help but stare. It’s common for folks to simply stare, in Bahrain. All you can do is look back, smile, pick up your camera, and […]

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Bourbon Street

Photo 9/52 | Bourbon Street

Probably not how I’ll remember the few days I spent in New Orleans, but one of the more memorable images of that trip. Spent a day wandering around the city, pointedly avoiding Bourbon Street. But curiosity got the better of me. Suffice to say, a […]

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Ancient, old, and new

February 2019 | Beirut, Lebanon

Ancient, old, and new all in one single view. Beirut’s skyline is like no other city I’ve visited. You do yourself a disservice if you don’t spend the entire time looking up. (Though that may also mean you step in one or two dog turds!) […]

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Beirut Facades

Photo 8/52 | Beirut Facades

Beirut has such a familiar vibe to it. There’s so much of the city that feels European. And some of it reminds me of Bahrain. It’s a beautiful cross-over of the Middle East and Europe. Taken from the corniche looking inward towards the city, this […]

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Alcatraz

November 2018 | Alcatraz, USA

There’s no other place quite like Alcatraz. To listen to the stories of what wasn’t really all that long ago. It’s when I realised the stories weren’t all that long ago that I really grasped the reality of where I was. On the boat, sailing […]

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Downtown Boston

September 2018 | Boston, USA

Downtown Boston. The buildings, a mix of old and new. Probably the only US city I’ve visited that reminds me of London, with this mishmash of architecture. And yet despite the mishmash, everything just seems to feel like it always existed just like it is. […]

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These rolling clouds

Photo 7/52 | These Rolling Clouds

Clouds are a strictly winter occurrence in Bahrain. Big fluffy ones. Ones that just graze the sky. And the ones that are just floating out there, alone. And then there are skies like this. Colourful, rolling clouds that remind me of mountains at sunset shrouded […]

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