The amount of graffiti in Saudi Arabia is astronomical. You can take a drive to practically anywhere and see graffiti. Even in the less populated mountainous areas, graffiti has been added to the rocks and walls. Private villas are tattooed with graffiti, signs, businesses – it’s everywhere. This photo was taken up in the mountains near Taif. We were of course passing by in our car and I saw the camel and its owner, so I quickly took my shot, not really noticing the graffitied wall behind the distinctive gentleman. I was pleasantly surprised to see the wall in the photo later because I think it adds another dimension as well as the contradiction of the old and traditional with the youthful subculture. The climate is cooler in Taif, so I’ve noticed that the men wear more dark colored thobes than the usual white that I always see in much warmer Jeddah. The camel is adorned with a colorful shaded cushioned seat decorated with fake flowers and tassels. The red striped fabric is the traditional Bedouin design. His head is also decorated with a colorful bridle with cascading fringe. Camel rides are offered for 10 SR, which is $2.50 US.
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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, is KSA's 2nd largest city and is located on its west coast, right on the Red Sea. I moved here in 2007 with my Saudi hubby and teenage son. This journal reflects the things that I see here, life through my eyes, my lens.
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