Muscat

The following photographs show aspects of street-life in Muscat, Oman and were all taken in 2012.   Some of the images have been converted to B & W in post-production.

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Entering the Souk, Muscat
The strong shadows evidence the contrast between the outside heat and the cool of the Souk. White Arab dress is highlighted by the bright sunlight on what was a beautiful day.

Street trade, Muscat styleI wondered why one of the Arab traders appeared to have his legs tied together. My conclusion was that it must have been to take the strain off his legs, to enable him to sit for long periods.

Street trade, Muscat style
I wondered why one of the Arab traders appeared to have his legs tied together. My conclusion was that it must have been to take the strain off his legs, to enable him to sit for long periods.

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Friends, Muscat
These three friends were deep in concentration and didn’t seem to notice me as I took their photograph.

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Concentration
This man, sitting in the shade of a marble gazebo, was deep in concentration as he gazed out to sea.

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Resting
I saw this old man taking a break in the Gulf heat and had to take his photograph.  He is wearing the intricately patterned hat and the crisp white gown  (known as a Thawb or Dishdashi) commonly worn by men in Oman.

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