Since both SkyWatch and City Daily Photo’s first of the month Theme Day of shadows fell on the same day this month, I decided to try to find one photo that would fit both. There are no signs of clouds but the sky is a pretty blue, and there are some interesting looking shadows, so I though this photo might fit the bill.
This photo was taken in the old historical section of Jeddah called Al-Balad, which means the town. Parts of Al-Balad can be traced back some 2500 years, when Jeddah had its early beginnings as a tiny fishing village on the Red Sea. Today the Al-Balad area is a shopping haven full of old souks and modern skyscrapers. The old style traditional architecture of the buildings always included the wooden trim in the form of window coverings, airy porches, and beams. Some of the wood might be painted a blue or green color and some would be left in the natural brown wood color. The slats would allow for privacy, shelter from the sun, and for air flow.
As old as these buildings are, many are in ruins but are still inhabited by poor foreign workers who have tried to modernize by wiring the buildings for electricty – every building has satellite dishes and usually an air conditioner. The shoddy electrical workmanship is hazardous and has destroyed tens of these older buildings in electrical fires. The plaster is decaying, exposing the handmade bricks underneath. The woodwork is broken and falling apart. But people here still call places like this home.
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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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