Skip to comments.Bridging Cultures: The Veil as an Accentuation of Beauty
Posted on 09/02/2012 1:57:24 PM PDT by nickcarraway
Sebastian Farmborough, who captured this striking photograph, recalls arriving in the Gulf from the beaches of Barcelona.
While in Saudi Arabia, he became mystified by something black and obscure out at sea. "It looked like a huge jellyfish. Then, as it approached, I realised that it was in fact a woman. It was such an intense experience that I just had to capture it for myself," says Farmborough.
"However, it was not until a few years later in Dubai, when I had acquired the equipment and expertise necessary, that I was able to execute it. It actually took me a year to find the right lady. Yes, there are lots of women with beautiful eyes in the Emirates.
"The picture itself was taken at dawn on the Burj Al Arab beach. I chose that time, because I wanted extremely soft light to fall on her and the sun to reflect in her eyes. It was winter, so the sea was freezing and we were both deep into it. It was an incredible experience. The model and I had only met a couple of times prior to the shoot so we actually got to know each other as it went on, finishing with a nice hot chocolate on the beach afterwards.
The photo is entitled 'An Emerging Mystery'. "I feel as though it is extremely symbolic of muslim women's increasing prominence in the world, despite a continued mystery. The Saudi veil is so often portrayed negatively in the West that I hope to counteract that somewhat and prevent the Western public from being mislead. Many muslim women actually choose to wear it and I am more than happy to respect that."
The image marks the beginning of a project that I have been wanting to carry out for some time. I have lived Saudi Arabia for 3 years, and I can assure you that the reality is quite different. In fact, there are many things that we Westerners could actually learn from them. I really admired and enjoyed the strength of their friendships, the closeness of their families, their sense of humour and how friendly and generous they are. With this and other images I would like to try and redress the balance a bit and produce a book reflecting the more magical aspects of the kingdom," says Farmborough.
I like the part where you can rape them and they can’t do anything about it but take it and like it or risk being stoned to death for adultery.
I like rape.
The image marks the beginning of a project that I have been wanting to carry out for some time. I have lived Saudi Arabia for 3 years, and I can assure you that the reality is quite different. In fact, there are many things that we Westerners could actually learn from them. I really admired and enjoyed the strength of their friendships, the closeness of their families, their sense of humour and how friendly and generous they are.
I’ve heard this several times over the years so it’s probably true. But for myself I think of ‘Stockholm Syndrome’ at such words when I read about all of the other abuses that are part and parcel of this “religion”.
Did he stick around to photograph her being stoned for wearing makeup, non standard eye slits, drinking cocoa with a male westerner without a suitable male relative being present, and for taking part in a one person wet burka contest?
>>I like the part where you can rape them and they cant do anything about it but take it and like it or risk being stoned to death for adultery.
I guess the muzzies agree with the Dems on abortion in the case of rape. But they differ on who gets aborted.
What really pisses me off is that Iranian women are amongst the most beautiful in the world, it’s a damn shame that beauty has to be covered up.
There are plenty of Persians in Los Angeles, Seattle ... even in Tulsa! I agree - at their best, they are outstandingly gorgeous.
Good one! made me laugh.
I wonder what this clown of a writer thinks of the story of a wedding party being killed because there was music and dancing. (Afghanistan)
then a veil is exotic (by Western standards) and sexy. This:
is just demeaning.
And who among us doesn't want to make love to a jellyfish?
Oy veh, what a lot of hooey in that article.
Muslim women need to be afraid, very afraid of what is coming there way as the jihadis take over the entire ummah.
However, I will say that down around the DC area I have seen some very glamorous looking muslim women, with the full veil, but beautiful, beautiful drapery, super expensive jewelry and lovely eyes. They look wonderful, like something out of “the Arabian nights”.
I don’t know why I don’t see any Muslim Princess types like that up here in Jersey, I really don’t.
The Soviets had humor, friends, beautiful women, "balance", and lovely countryside, too...BUT....their government SUCKED!
And who among us doesn’t want to make love to a jellyfish?
Do jellyfish have clitorectomies?
Making love to a woman with a clitorectomy might be a lot like having sex with a jellyfish!
Our culture no longer has anything to offer.
Indecent acts of tourists on beaches and in shopping malls like wearing short skirts and kissing in public - are not considered criminal offences but as violations of law, according to Brigadier Khalil Al Mansouri, Director-General Department of Criminal Investigation, Dubai Police.
Such cases of misbehaviour should be dealt with in a civilised manner by educating violators about UAE laws and customs. Only if tourists continue to violate the law, will the matter can be reported to police, he said.
The UAE is a developed country which understands different cultures. People of 203 nationalities live in UAE. Tourists are often unaware of the laws and customs of the country, he said.
He also said Dubai Police has dealt with a few cases of tourists indulging in acts considered impolite and contrary to public morality.