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Runaway Photo: Faces of Oman – Men

Omani man at Old Oman

Oman in Photos

Faces of Oman – Men

Unlike other cultures I encountered, I met many men in Oman, especially in markets. It’s usual to see women in markets in other countries, but in Oman it’s the other way around. In Nizwa, one of the most charming cities we visited, I had a chance to mingle with elderly men from the wet market to the spice market.

But don’t get me wrong, there are markets specifically targeting women. These types of markets sell everything from food to cosmetics, clothes to accessories. Women usually come here for a longer period to chat and shop without being rushed. It’s hard to show what happens in photos because taking photographs of women here is strictly prohibited.

Although it was challenging to take photos of women in Oman, it was a different story with men, especially elderly men. They were surprised by our presence in their neighborhood and allowed us to take photos of their good side. I met an old gentleman fixing his sunglasses before the photo shoot, another friendly man called his friends over for me to take a photo. What an exciting time. While we couldn’t communicate in words, we exchanged lots of laughter.

Oman is a great place for photography. The culture, the colors, the landscape, and the architecture; I got so many great photos during my two weeks with the Oman in Focus trip. I focused on getting great portraits, but it was challenging. I introduced a set of Omani women portraits in an earlier post, and here are portraits of men and boys I met in Old Muscat, Al Hamra, and Nizwa.

A man at Nizwa fish souq - this was one of my three photos for Oman in Focus Photo Exhibition

A man at Nizwa fish souq – this was one of my three photos for Oman in Focus Photo Exhibition

A man at Nizwa fish souq

A man at Nizwa fish souq

A man at Nizwa fish souq - he was quite amused by my attention, and volunteered to sit behind of the bananas for the photo!

A man at Nizwa fish souq – he was quite amused by my attention, and volunteered to sit behind of the bananas for the photo!

A fishmonger at Nizwa soup

A fishmonger at Nizwa soup

Watermelon sellers and friends

Watermelon sellers and friends

Yaquob, our head guide of Oman in Focus

Yaquob, our head guide of Oman in Focus

An old man I met in Old Muscat

An old man I met in Old Muscat

Kids at Wekan Village

Kids at Wekan Village

Demonstration of traditional weaving at Al Hamra

Demonstration of traditional weaving at Al Hamra

A man at Bait Al Safah in  Al Hamra

A man at Bait Al Safah in Al Hamra

A family

A family

Young boy at Al Hamra

Young boy at Al Hamra

Traditional cloth and khanjar - Omani traditional dagger

Traditional cloth and khanjar – Omani traditional dagger

Burning frankincense

Burning frankincense

An Arabian man and his Arabian horse

An Arabian man and his Arabian horse

Welcoming ceremony at Al Hamra

Welcoming ceremony at Al Hamra

Juno Kim
Juno Kim
Juno Kim, a happiness-seeking storyteller. Photographer, writer, and trained mechanical engineer. Life-long nerd. I left the cubic farm to follow my true love: the world. A firm believer of serendipity, astronomy enthusiaster, and living by passion and love in life. Currently, on a quest to discover stories and find the place where I can call 'home'. Follow my journey through @RunawayJuno and Google+ .

7 Comments

  1. Andi says:

    Blown away! Amazing!!!

  2. Wow! Incredible photos. ‘Burning frankincense’ is my favourite I think. He looks so shy. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Such storytelling photographs Juno. I love how just looking at some of their faces you can tell they have lived amazing lives.

  4. Uma says:

    So many white clothes … it’s quite striking really!

  5. Francesca M says:

    Wow, I love these pictures! They capture the spirit of the place and tell more of a story than even words could express. Thank you for sharing!

    • Juno Kim says:

      Thanks Francesca! It was a great assignment. I had a lot of fun, learned a lot about the country through these people. Beautiful country indeed.

  6. Amazing photos, you captured their features and expressions very well.

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