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?


  1. 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. 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. “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!

  4. 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™‚

    1. 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™‚

  5. 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˜€


    1. 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™‚

      1. miss nadia, once i also dreamt of becoming a photographer so i could catch the beauty of broken doors and depict the sadness of falling leaves, so to speak.

        but i’ve come to realize that such vocation requires not just a natural eye for beauty but a quick reflex as well. alas, i have none of both.

        but others like you are lucky. i’d always be on the look for your catchy pics. the pieces of wits won’t be missed, too. btw, you’re almost a kababayan to me and i hope you don’t mind.

        thanks for sharing your adventures. πŸ˜€
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        1. You can do it, kabayan! Photography needs lots and lots of practice. I’m not sure about the quick reflex part; I don’t think I have that πŸ˜€

          If you already own a camera, go out there and start clicking away. And post in your blog for us πŸ™‚

    1. 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˜€

  6. 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

    1. 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˜€

  7. 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!

  8. 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˜€

    1. 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˜€

    1. Harebeat, this wall is a part of history and so many stories to tell, if only it could speak.

      But had the wall spoken, we’d all surely run away as fast as we could! πŸ˜€

  9. 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!

    1. 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.

  10. 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”

    1. 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˜€

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

  12. brilliant post!

    “a wall is never just a wall” – I totally agree with you on this. I may be a beginner in the world of photography, but once I look through my viewfinder, things seem different, makes me want to keep on shooting. πŸ™‚
    Papi Jare recently posted..A Cebuano New Year

    1. Papi Jare, welcome to the blog.

      No, you can’t possibly be a beginner. Your pictures are amazing! πŸ˜€

      And yeah, I can totally relate on getting glued to the viewfinder, hehe.

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