The few times I’ve attempted street photography have gone okay. Not spectacular failures, but I always miss that something that makes street photography what it is – capturing real emotion and seeing what the every day passerby doesn’t see. That takes some amount of time, patience and an intuition about people.
Vivian Maier was one of the most prolific street photographers, ever. She took thousands of photos. Thousands. But she wasn’t a photographer or a journalist. She was a nanny. Who apparently enjoyed photography very much.
Snapping away at the farmers market the other Saturday I took this very accidental shot.
Going through the photos in Lightroom a couple of days later I came across this photo. This woman staring right back at me through the lens. I had no idea.
Street photography is one type of photography I’d like to do more of. But I’m not yet over that feeling of being that person randomly on the street with a camera, taking photos of random stuff.
According to Wikipedia a souq is defined as…
A souq or souk is an open-air marketplace or commercial quarter in Middle Eastern and North African cities. The equivalent Persian term is “bazaar”.
I guess you could the Manama Souq is kind of like that. A little bit. It’s more like an area with lots of all sorts of shops selling everything from sandals to potatoes.
Back in November, we took the parentals to the Manama Souq, for them to have some sort of feel of a different side of Bahrain. And well, we wanted to have breakfast at Saffron – probably our all time favourite place to have breakfast in Bahrain.
The last few times we’ve been to the souq I haven’t taken my camera with me. Remembered to fix that this time, and took a small handful of photos while walking around.