Photographing the Bedouin of Sinai

Selmy

Meet someone I now here in Dahab, called Selmy. Very photogenic, isn't he?

I've been putting together a collection of Bedouin portraits, as their elegance, style and grace really comes across in the photographs.

If you would like to see some of my other Sinai Bedouin portraits, you can find them here.

Taking Pictures of Yourself

Kirsty, Chris and the kids

Yesterday I spent a great afternoon on the beach in Dahab with my friends Kirsteen and Chris. We were joined by many of the Bedouin children who roam the promenade every day and I took quite a few shots. But this is my favourite by far... when the gang decided to take a self-portrait. Have you ever seen such shiny happy people?

Love it! :-)

Hot Wheels and Bedouin Girls

Shadea and Khadija

So yesterday I popped along to Marine Garden Camp to watch another glorious Dahab sunset and bumped into two of my favourite Bedouin girls - Shadea and Khadija. They're achingly cool and often make me feel like their grandmother. And they never fail to make me laugh, whatever type of day I'm having.

They've both received gifts from their foreign friends - a skateboard and roller blades. So we decided to do a little photo shoot to commemmorate the occasion. Avril Lavigne eat your heart out!

 

Random Love Hearts

random love hearts on a coffee stain and hair band

Lately I have been finding random love hearts everywhere I look. The coffee stain above was so clearly a heart that had to do a double take! It has now been laminated to the kitchen table as I can't bear to wipe it off. Sometimes my hair band is heart shaped, or even my face serum when I squirt it onto my finger in the mornings.

I'll keep taking a record of these moments, and I'll enjoy knowing that someone, somewhere, is looking out for me...

My Old Wood and Doorknob Art Piece

bemused carpenters with my wood art

making the piece

sanding the edges

the final artwork

Yesterday I decided to create a some wall art for my flat, based on an old piece of blue wood I found in the road here in Dahab and seven Middle Eastern style doorknobs.

One has the words "Hamdullah" or "thanks for everything we receive from God" and another is inscribed simply with "Allah".

I kind of like that philosophy for my new home.

The carpenters didn't understand the concept of using old wood rather than new until one of them came to my flat to put up the completed piece. He then loved it and wanted me to make more!

A fun evening... :-)

Sunrise in Dahab

sunrise in Dahab

My roof terrace here in Dahab is almost finished, and the sunrises from up there are spectacular!

This dome is above my living room. Inside it's bare brick and keeps the room cooler in the summer.

Sinai is all about blues, pinks, greens, oranges and yellows. The colours that make me smile every day... :-)

Picture Of The Day

Mondi and Leo

Happy New Year to you all! I wish you a wonderful 2013 full of promise, health and happiness.

One of my resolutions is to update this blog with a picture a day, so here's the first. My friend Mondi in Dahab, South Sinai and his beloved kitten Leo.

Mondi owns a safari business here in Dahab, South Sinai called Nomad Safari and he also has a little fruit and vegetable shop where he spends most of his time. Leo has proved to be a trusty little assistant!

The Largest Egg In The World?

a very large eggI'm back in the U.K. for a while and have been house sitting for some good friends of mine in Bath.

As they have two cats (Roo and Red) and three chickens (Angel, Winnie and Honey), one of my jobs is to make sure the animals are fed and watered, and given a little tlc every day.

Having never looked after chickens before, working out how to get them back into their coop every night has been a steep learning curve. I find two brooms (one in each hand) and some gentle verbal persuasion generally works a treat.

There's something very calming about the sound of contented chickens. A Facebook friend asked me if I ever hear them purr, and I actually believe I can.

Today I found 7 eggs in their nesting area, one of which is the biggest I have ever seen! I thought I'd take a snap to record the moment before I made a delicious scrambled egg lunch. It turned out to be a double yolker... ;-)

 

Exciting Times...

Boy with three ducklingsThis is a first for me. My very own website, focusing mainly on my travel photography. I hope you enjoy my work, and if you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

I'll be keeping this blog updated with new pictures I've taken, plus little stories about my life. Hopefully you'll be kept entertained!

A very special thank you to my friend Cara Gallardo Weil, who designed my beautiful logo and has been a real inspiration.

It was, in fact, Cara who invited me into a very special Facebook photography group back in April 2011, and helped fire up my passion for iPhoneography.

I would also like to thank Mike Saunders of Saunders Artwork, who designed my Children of Dahab book and has been a constant source of encouragement and support.

And finally, my PR expert and all-round amazing brother-in-law, Mark Sowerby, thought up the name "Allie's Eye". Thank you Mark, I love it!

Bye for now and watch this space as this is, and always will be a work in progress...

Love Allie xxx