Last week I spent a few days in Bahrain, and decided to try and make some street portraits. Together with a photographer friend who lives in Bahrain, I headed into the Bab Al Bahrain area in Manama.
In this area of Bahrain, there are many Bahraini people of Indian and Pakistani heritage as well as those of Arab descent, and the area is full of interesting characters. We wandered through the narrow streets of the souk, past market traders selling their wares and numerous groups of men drinking Arabic coffee or chai, deep in animated conversation.
It was 5 o’clock in the afternoon by the time we arrived in the area, just one hour before sunset, so there was not much time left for making available-light photographs as the light levels in the narrow lanes of the market plummeted quickly once the sun sank below the horizon. Nonetheless, I did succeed in making a couple of street portraits, and this is one of them, shot with the wonderful Nikon 85mm f/1.4G – my favourite classic portrait lens.
Enjoy! – or
as they say in Bahrain!