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This boat on the Busaiteen coast in Bahrain presents a rather eerie sight, lying as it does a quite a distance from the ‘highest’ point of the tide.
Some local fishermen said thought the derelict boat had been left there by someone who no longer had any use for it, a few years ago, the seawater did reach that area and even beyond.
But, thanks to reckless reclamation and other man-made issues, the sea has now ‘travelled’ away and, even during the highest tide, there is no water for at least a couple of hundred meters.
I wonder then, if the trend continued, would there be any sea left at all in a few decades? That, as they say, only time will tell.
Taking night shots is challenging but I have done a lot of it lately, mainly to discover some of the “hidden” features of my camera. This picture, of a clear moonlit night and still waters on the Manama cost, close to Bahrain’s financial district, shows the calmness of the night and the almost pin drop silence when the camera clicked.
Over the years, I have found the most difficult pictures to take in Bahrain are those of people.
It was always not easy but after the unfortunate events of February 2011, it’s become well high impossible.
Everyone seems to be somewhat suspicious of anyone with a camera, perhaps not knowing where the pictures would be used and how. Some happenings that took place in the last few years have made the ordinary people even more suspicious – or careful!
Nevertheless, I have managed to take ‘people’ pictures on several occasions, most of the times after an ‘aye’ from the subject but sometimes, using a zoom lens, on the sly!
It’s these people pictures that are the most satisfying, not only because these display human emotions bot also because of the challenge in portraying those emotions.
What is quite irritating is that when a subject agrees to his/her picture being taken, it’s no longer a picture in that sense – since it’s a ‘posed’ photograph – the subject is conscious and would not be his normal self.
That is why, the best pictures are the ones take without the subject knowing – as with all these accompanying pictures as also the one on the top of this page of three young men preparing their boat to go fishing.
Of course, it’s just a coincidence that three of these pictures show men smoking – but that’s also the reality – since smoking is very prevalent in this part of the world!
And, yes, one more thing! The ‘people’ subjects are far friendlier in some parts of Bahrain than in others. I have had men – and rarely, women, actually ‘freshen up’ to get their pictures taken when asked and in some cases, even re-enact a particular ‘scene’ that I would have wanted to photograph.
Sometimes, looking at all those books of works by great photographers makes me wonder whether I am in the right place to pursue my passion but I realise this is a far greater challenge than most places would present – since the photograph has to be ‘created’ rather than taken!
This is what the Arad Bay Protected Area looked like this evening – dry, barren, dirty and not a bird in sight.
Normally, there would be scores of migratory and local birds swarming all over, whether or not the tide is there or not.
It’s not that our migratory friends have left for cooler climes because it’s not ‘summer’ yet in Bahrain so what could the reason be?
Is it pollution? Is there something in the Bay that has driven the birds away? Or is it just the ever-changing weather pattern that is the culprit.
Whatever it is, there’s something amiss. Someone should say what it is. Because this is certainly not the Arad Bay we know – and would not want to know.
The BD10 million natural sanctuary and park was opened by His Majesty King Hamad’s Personal Representative and Public Commission president Shaikh Abdulla bin Hamad Al Khalifa in January 2010.
The aim of the project was to turn the bay into a natural park for marine plants, fish, prawns and migratory birds.
The park includes Bahrain’s biggest walkway at 3km, pathways and gardens, in addition to children’s games, medical facilities and shops.