Bahrain like you’ve never seen it before

I always go on photo walks in Bahrain, however this time it was a different type of walk. On a hot and humid day in May it was just me, a talented photog-friend and a few film rolls.

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We went exploring the coastal side of Muharraq, my hometown and where I belong though it has changed a lot in the past 10-20 years. Malls are now everywhere, cinemas, hypermarkets, artificial islands, etc you get the point.

The way to the sea
The way to the sea

The sea seems to drift away from us. Somewhere away from highways and malls we found chickens and ducks enjoying their freedom.

Chicken and ducks

Just a short detour from Manama is this raw spot in Muharraq where mostly fishermen gather to rest and chit-chat. It is also where pearl divers check their proceeds from pearl hunting dives. It was nice to see the pearling craft still alive and preserved. Pearl diving used to be the prime industry of the Gulf before oil was discovered.

 

Fishermen shacks
Fishermen shacks
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Oyster shells thrown back to the sea

The pearl divers manually gather a large numbers of pearl oysters or mussels from the sea. They would leave them to dry then they will open them and search the tissues for something shiny. Piles and piles will be searched in order to find at least 3-4 reasonably sized pearls.

Oyster shells free of pearls
Oyster shells free of pearls
Looking for pearls
Looking for pearls
Pearls can be found inside the shell tissue
Pearls can be found inside the shell tissue
Looking for pearls
Piles of shells

It was an overcast day so the sunset wasn’t as spectacular as expected but there was something surreal about the whole place and atmosphere.

View of Manama from the sea
View of Manama from the sea
Guitar and Bahrain flag
Guitar and Bahrain flag