When I took these pictures, all I had in mind were portraits. But when I looked at them later, I could “see” a lot more. The pain, the longing, the forlorn looks, the emptiness, the hope and, perhaps, the hunger. These two men are among the countless millions around the world who are not only homeless, but perhaps have no family and haven’t had a … Continue reading This, too, is life
This gentleman, perhaps well into his 80s, sells “electronics” at a roadside “flea market” over the weekend. While it is creditable that even at this ripe old age, he has found something useful to do, it’s quite amazing to see all those things he’s selling actually work – be it the “vintage” mobile phones, the watches or the ancient transistor radio! Full marks to enterprise! Continue reading The weekend sale
This elderly gentleman is as much a part of the Old Manama Suq as the Suq itself. He is at various places, always sitting alone, sometimes appearing to doze off, at times just sitting and staring at traffic and people. He is also one of the most-photographed by visitors and tourists and has even featured in some Bahrain picture postcards. I did once try to … Continue reading The years teach much which the days never knew
Taking advantage of the high tide, this elderly gentleman, a picture of concentration, was quite enjoying fishing on Bahrain’s Busaiteen coast. Scenes like these are very common, especially in the milder winter months and in the early evening. However, Bahrain still lacks facilities for amateur anglers who have to depend solely on themselves and their ingenuity to get a bite. Continue reading Waiting for the bite
This elderly citizen, possibly in his 70s, was yesterday spotted at the Bahrain Financial Harbour crossing in Manama in the scorching afternoon sun, asking for a lift from passersby. Carrying a heavy load in a plastic bag, he was refused by at least three motorists who had stopped at a traffic light. Though I decided I would take him where he wanted to go, unfortunately, … Continue reading No country for old men?
This gentleman, perhaps in his 80’s if not more, is possibly the most-photographed man in Bahrain. He is seen featured in practically every travelogue, coffee table book or brochure and even on picture postcards sold all over the country. I, too, was attracted to take his pictures when I first stepped into the heart of the old Manama Suq with my camera several months ago. … Continue reading Keeping Watch
This old man, who cleans cars at one of Bahrain’s five-star hotels, is the perfect example of the “one’s never too old to work” adage. Though I have spotted him several times in the parking lot and always declined his offer of cleaning my car, this one I time I was unable to since the vehicle did need thorough washing and dusting. He started as … Continue reading Old IS Gold