I started reading the book to get to know how Alexandria was like at its prime years. I was amazed by how modern life was back then. The story describes how the aristocrat foreign community lived so lavishly even if they didn’t have the money they had to have the servants, drivers and beach houses. Though I was impressed by the cosmopolitan society I was shocked how they hated and looked down at Arabs and anything related to Arabs! The first few chapters were slow up until the story got real when Andre described how his father met his deaf mother. I found the mother’s character very interesting and her struggle to communicate but also kept a normal lifestyle driving and even haggling with butchers a true Alexandrian as it was described. The complicated family is what made the story interesting. I can’t believe these people actually existed and lived together at one point! My favorite chapter was “Tuff Alnoor” when the war has just started.
As I reached the last few chapters I couldn’t put the book down. The mix of emotions, nostalgia and detailed description of Alexandria was just so beautiful it only made me want to go there again and revisit all the places mentioned at the book.
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.
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Also check out VSCO curated grid their selection is really inspiring. My photos have been featured at VSCO curated grid a number of times.
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.
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.
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.
I was lucky enough to visit Mecca last December. I needed a getaway and there is no better way to recharge than a spiritual reconnection with Allah at the holy grounds of Mecca.
I haven’t been to Mecca for more than 4 years, things have change drastically there. Invasion of high-rise buildings, and massive construction everywhere. The old Mecca and ancient markets around it were mostly gone. I wasn’t fond of the clock tower (the highest building in Saudi Arabia) but I have to admit that it is visually stunning.
Since photography isn’t allowed inside the Holy Mosque in Mecca, I used my iPhone to document the atmosphere inside and around the holy mosque.
Getting close to the Kaaba was really hard with the huge number of people performing pilgrimage
On the last day I saw the construction workers pray before starting their work day. Watching them was very touching.
Though it was a short trip and it was super crowded due to the massive expansion work at the holy mosque but I really came back full of energy.
Photos were taken with iPhone 5 and processed with VSCOCam
India summarized in a book. It took me a while to finish it but it left me even more enchanted with India. I really like a book that makes me “Google” while I read. I learned a lot about the diverse culture and beliefs all within India.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.