My family gifted me with a handmade photo album as a leaving gift when I moved out to Bahrain last May. Filled with all sorts of photos from my childhood until as recent as they could find.
Moving to Bahrain, I was limited with what I could bring with me. Limited is a bit of an understatement – it was literally a 30kg suitcase and whatever else I could blag in hand luggage.
Having lived in England my whole life and not moved around at all, a couple of houses, I accumulated a fair amount of stuff. Everything from little knick-knacks to photos and more. All of that got left behind.
Looking for photos for the Things I Miss Most About Winter in Lightroom, stumbled across this photo of Cody.
Cody loves the camera. She’s a dog. How could she love the camera? It’s probably more the attention she got. If I had my camera in my hand and I was taking a photo of something that wasn’t her, and she was craving some attention, she’d do everything in her power to disrupt me.
Again, this is probably the dog-person in me saying this, but Cody knew how to look in front of the camera. Grab her attention by saying her name, and she’d be on point! Though, she’s also the only dog we’ve had that I’ve taken photos of who has managed to have her eyes shut in the shot.
Every time I look at this photo, I can see it kick into action. She’ll lay dormant and just stare. The tail will start to flick back and forth. Just waiting for a reaction from you. Before long, she’s lost her patience and just wants to play.
The sunsets in Bahrain are some of the prettiest I have ever seen. Pretty feels like a terrible word to describe them, but sometimes that’s the only word I can muster. Or gorgeous. Which feels just as bad. But they really are.
From both our balcony and bedroom windows, we don’t get a view of the sunset. Only sunrise, which neither of us are ever awake for! The few times I’ve randomly been near a window in that sunset time and I’ve seen something magical, I usually run like a mad woman to my camera and see if I can get some sort of vantage point from the flat. But I can’t. And I’m still on the clock!
So one evening we decide to go to Prince Khalifa Bin Salman Park basically at sunset, I’m ready with my camera. We can see this park from our flat. In fact, our building’s probably in this shot somewhere. Probably.
The sunset didn’t fail me. Yet again.
Back in November last year, mum and dad came to visit Bahrain. Their first time here. While trying to figure out where to take them in their short, short stay, one place I figured they would like was the Bahrain Fort. It’s one of the main tourist attractions in Bahrain. There aren’t too many.
We took them out to the fort after a taste of Bahraini breakfast at Saffron in Manama Souq. While I think mum appreciated some of the history while wandering around the pretty epic fort, dad was a little less entertained. (Note he isn’t in this shot.) Ah well, can’t say I didn’t try. Should have known better though. Was just excited to have them in Bahrain.
2014 marks the first year I’ve successfully completed a Project 365 since 2010. It’s not been a perfect Project 365. Counting up all the photos, there definitely aren’t 365 photos there. But that doesn’t make me feel like I’ve accomplished anything less.
The idea of capturing a photo every single day, for a whole year can feel a little daunting. And that feeling grows as each week goes by. But, if you’re up for doing a Project 365 in 2015, I wanted to share a few insights that I learnt over the course of this past year.