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

7 thoughts on “Runaway Photo: Faces of Oman – Men”

    1. 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.

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