Let’s Shoot the Amateur Photographers

It’s a beautiful day to explore a deserted town rumored to be abandoned years ago because it was haunted. A town that is also rumored to be off-limits because it is private property, but there is no sign anywhere to justify this, so people still trespass enter. And it is also a town that is a favorite among photographers. And being photography enthusiasts ourselves, we waste no time to hop in our cars and drive all the way to Jazirat al-Hamra, or the Red Island.

So while we are going through great lengths trying to capture each and every broken door in town, someone from the group decides to shoot us photographers instead.


Photographers, you see, are highly dedicated individuals who get so absorbed with their work they barely notice that the building might come crumbling down on them any minute.


There even comes a time when photographers shoot each other…

Some stand right behind a photogpraher to shoot him or her up close…


To a photographer, a wall is never simply a wall, it’s beauty. It’s art.


Yes, we all ended up posting pictures of the same walls, doors, bricks and windows up on our Facebook accounts where we all have common friends, so they see each and every piece of this town at least a dozen times.


Allow me to once again tell you this important piece of advice: a wall is never just a wall.

Thank you.


We also gather around this poor tree and take a million pictures of the same leaf. This task is so intricate that one may actually need more than one camera…


And sometimes, photographers receive guidance too. Someone would almost always say, “Hey, look at this! Take a picture, quick!”

And they will press the ‘like’ button when you post that picture.

I like the idea of shooting photographers in action; the unsuspecting ones, that is. I think I’ll post more behind-the-scenes pictures of how we take the pictures that I post on this blog. Would you like that?

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39 Responses to Let’s Shoot the Amateur Photographers

  1. joveria shah says:

    lolsss loved it !!!! . i think i found this post more amusing than the actual history of the place …. shld be renamed as ‘ A photographer’s tale ‘ .. lolzzzz i am reading the article all over again ..

  2. nadia says:

    Ha Ha! Shukran, shukran.

    I think you enjoyed this post more because you know all these photographers πŸ™‚

    I’ll post something in the future with ‘A Photographer’s Tale’ as title, dedicated to you πŸ™‚

  3. Sajib says:

    All in the same path, with the same thing in mind πŸ˜€

  4. 'liya says:

    “A wall is never just a wall” … I tell my students (and V) quite often lol… it’s nice to know I’m not the only one who thinks so πŸ˜€
    This was a really cool post!

  5. Lat says:

    Hahaha! This is funny and it’s cute to see how guys enjoy yourself thru’ photography πŸ™‚ And it’s more wonderful that a family is involved in this as this is a good way to bond with one another.mA!

    And you are right,β€œA wall is never just a wall” and neither is a photo just a photo,as evidenced by your photographer’s tale πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing these bits.Really enjoyed them πŸ™‚

    • nadia says:

      Yep, it was definitely a great bonding time, Lat. So much better than going out to shoot alone. Loads of fun and laughter πŸ™‚

      You are most welcome, Lat πŸ™‚

  6. hello, ms. nadia.

    this one’s really funny. πŸ˜€ and i like that bit about artists/photographers being crazy enough to explore the beauty and intricacies of walls and leaves and what have you. and how!

    and yes, i’d like to see more of those. πŸ˜€


    • nadia says:

      Hello, dpsa! I’m glad you enjoyed the post.

      Yes, that’s how we photographers are: very observant of our surroundings, even the smallest of things, so that nothing escapes our lenses πŸ™‚ But sometimes, we miss the bigger picture, lol

      Too busy focusing on some broken doors, we were almost about to miss that eerie-looking courtyard. Good thing the non-photographer people in the group were roaming around and saw the place πŸ™‚

  7. By the size of their lenses, they don’t look amateur to me πŸ™‚

  8. Leena S. says:

    lol…u guys were taking pictures of each other….taking pictures of each other πŸ˜› now thats recursion!

  9. Mahfooz says:

    lol I think your blog starting to make my photographing side out. Might even give it a go with my puny point-and-shoot camera.

    • nadia says:

      Never underestimate the capabilities of your point & shoot camera πŸ˜€

      And I’d love to see photographs up on your blog. That will make me comment for sure πŸ˜€

  10. Cute post! It is like looking through your photo album and realizing that you have taken the same holiday picture of your kids for ten years. After his first grandson was born, my nephew posted about a zillion baby pictures. I swear he had the camera on burst and just kept shooting. 90% of them were just like the last. No editing going on their. They are all on Facebook

    • nadia says:

      Ha ha! I know exactly what you mean, Sheryl! I have friends on Facebook like that. Oh, and although the the next 50 pictures are more or less exactly alike, the one who posted the pictures would also normally press the ‘like’ button on each and everyone of those pictures πŸ˜€

  11. Khanum says:

    Oh you did it again Nadia! Im excited all over again to go on a expedition with you !
    I hope u had fun πŸ˜€

  12. Khanum says:

    hahahahaha and LOL at WALL IS NOT JUST A WALL. you should be crowned now for such a thought!

  13. [[[ x Smiley x ]]] says:

    Loved this! You are so awesome! πŸ˜€
    I totally agree with you about the wall not being just a wall. Thank you for sharing this! And yes! more of this would be great!

  14. LavendarClouds says:

    That’s so fun! πŸ™‚ hehe I like how somebody took the time out of their ‘intricate detailed work’ to take pictures of everyone πŸ˜€

    • nadia says:

      LavendarClouds, yeah … it was such a cool idea to photograph us ‘at work’. And we enjoyed so much going through these pictures and laughing out loud πŸ˜€

  15. The Harebeat says:

    The wall is not just wall indeed!:)))
    That’s a very Buddhist view!:)

  16. Shahan Ur Rehman says:

    LOlzzzzzzzzz…. excellent article Nadia baji .. fantastic fun side of the story shared with all πŸ™‚ I guess we should have such get-together more often!

    • nadia says:

      Thanks, Shahan!

      Yeah, we should definitely have such get-together more often (specially since the weather is still good).

      We missed you on our latest trip.

  17. Delirium says:

    A delight to visit ‘The Purple Journal’ again!

    The amusing mix of photographers and photography presents an amazing mix of say life and death ( desolation). Such a wonderful contrast!

    Talking of walls, they have tales, burdens and crumbling miseries of their own; although always shielding them behind a brave face. Somehow, reminds me of the great number by Pink Floyd …..”Another brick in the wall”

    • nadia says:

      Thank you, Delirium!

      “…photographers and photography presents an amazing mix of say life and death” That’s an interesting way to look at it!

      Yep, walls are built to shield who/whatever is behind it. It also takes in the tales (both happy and sad), because walls eavesdrop πŸ˜€

  18. Sabiha says:

    Wow!!! Great blog, bhabhi πŸ™‚ After reading this blog, I got some knowledge about photographers πŸ˜‰ Thanks for posting bhabhi πŸ™‚

  19. Ugly Shoelace says:

    The fourth picture is really good πŸ˜€

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