Palestine through my iPhone

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I was fortunate enough to travel to the holy land Palestine last May for a week. I attended an Arab Youth Cultural Exchange Program. The group consisted of participants from most Arab countries (Egypt, Yemen,Libya, Jordan, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait, Tunis, Algeria and Sudan).

We visited Bethlehem, Hebron, Ramallah, Nablus, Tulkaram, Qalqilya and Jerusalem all in one week!The trip across the West Bank was hectic trying to see everything at that short window was nearly impossible. But it was one of my most memorable trips ever. The short length only makes me want to return and spend more time exploring and hearing people’s stories.

Here are 30 of some of my Palestine trip Instagram photos taken with iPhone (4s & 5) only.

You can find more photos at my instagram page

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I love VSCOcam app in my iPhone and VSCO film presets at lightroom. It is my favourite iOS photography app I use religiously and just love it. Since I started using VSCO I really think that my iPhone photography has changed. I now consider myself an artist than photographer. Don’t get me wrong I still believe in composition and exposure and all that stuff but I care less about sharpness and perfect composition (actually I started hating extra sharp images). Everyone can get a sharp photo and it can easily be replicated (I think!). Artists are unique they almost never produce the same work twice.

VSCO Grid℠ is a publishing platform for original content, a commonwealth of artists united in their love for photography. It belongs to “us” – the creatives, the dreamers, the fighters and those that see beauty in the boring. With the commitment of the creative community, VSCO Grid has grown into the finest living collection of original photography.

Also check out VSCO curated grid their selection is really inspiring. My photos have been featured at VSCO curated grid a number of times.

I didn’t mean to ramble, here is my VSCO grid


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Photo credit Mohammed Ismail

Keeping up with Rasha

2014 has been really a productive year to me. I’ve been very active and so was my airline miles counter.


Here is a recap of what I’ve been up to lately.


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Photo credit Mohammed Ismail


I exhibited my Sleeper Class series in a joint photography exhibition entitled “Inside India”. The exhibition was open for a month at Bin Mattar house Muharraq part of Sh. Ebrahim cultural center. Inside India was a success and received a lot of media coverage.



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I was selected as one of 8 Arab photographers to be part of a reality TV photography competition called “I’m a Nat Geo Photographer” a production for National Geographic Abu Dhabi.

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Remember me?!

I’m sorry for not updating my blog for way too long . I had and still having some technical difficulties which will be resolved soon. If you are following me on Instagram (@Rshrsho) or Facebook you would know that I’ve been busy doing many projects which I will share the details at the blog very soon.

I hope this beautiful photo (post card like) from my last trip to Vietnam will forego my absence


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INSIDE INDIA – Photographic exhibition

I’m very happy to announce that my work will be displayed at an upcoming exhibition in Bahrain. I will be displaying my ‘Sleeper Class‘ series which I took last year in Ajmer railway station India.

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The Shaikh Ebrahim bin Mohammed Al Khalifa Center is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition by four Bahrain based photographers Haya AlKhalifa, Rasha Yousif, Saji Antony and Stephanie Ravel. INSIDE INDIA – A photographic exhibition of dramatic imagery and intimate moments will open on Tuesday, 21 January 2014, at 7pm and run until Thursday, 20 February 2014. The exhibition will be held at the Bin Mattar House in Muharraq. Opening times are Saturday – Thursday 9am-1pm and 4-7pm.


My Vietnam travel adventure with Fujifilm

I took 2 dare decisions last October. First I decided to travel to Vietnam solo and second I ditched my Canon DSLR to travel only with Fujifilm cameras x100s and X-E1.

The actual planning of the trip started couple of months back. I was a bit confused where to start the trip south or north of Vietnam and whether to include the middle part of Vietnam. The thing about Vietnam is that everything is possible. Airlines were available and my options were wide open. After some serious research I decided to stick to the north for this trip and leave the other parts for another trip (yes there will be other trips!).  Hanoi, Lao Cai (Sapa & BacHa) and Halong Bay were the areas I visited in this 10 days adventure.

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I managed to get the visa on arrival. However I did arrange a soft visa (no objection letter) from Vietnam embassy in Kuwait. I didn’t have to send my passport or anything physically, I just emailed the required soft copies to the embassy and the fees via western union then I got the letter through email.


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Manama City

City Futures Instagram Competition

I’m delighted to announce that my Manama city iPhone photo has won the second place at Manchester University #cityfuturesmcr Instagram competition.




The recent #cityfuturesmcr competition attracted over 270 entries – representing 76 cities in 38 different countries, across 6 continents!


Manama City City Futures Instagram Competition

To see the full gallery of winning pictures please see cities manchester Flickr page: cities@manchester Flickr page



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