Some of the Blue Abaya readers probably remember “Images of Saudi” which is a photo journal-type photography blog I kept for a few years from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Images of Saudi is actually still online, but for a year now it’s been set for private invite-only viewing. Reasons behind this were several but namely the repeated copyrights infringements began to take its toll. Images were taken (stolen) and used without permission on regular basis. Shockingly even some of the regions largest English-language daily papers such as Arab News, Al Jazeerah English and Saudi Gazette were on the list of offenders, on top of the Arabic language media, Yahoo and MSN Arabia. I think those were the final nails in the coffin for closing the blog from public.
So much positive feedback came in from around the world telling me how they felt as if they’d gone on a mini-vacation through the Saudi Kingdom and even Saudis thanked me how they learned something about their own country they didn’t know before just from browsing Images of Saudi blog :) I really wanted to keep this positive vibe going and my plan was to join the two blogs together.
However, with over 5000+ images, it would be next to impossible to move all Images of Saudi content over to Blue Abaya. So what I’ve decided to do is compose image galleries which can be viewed here on Blue Abaya on the ‘”Images of Saudi” page. Many of the photos are new and not previously published, but some of the old content will definitely also be making its way over here in due time! The process of adding and organizing the galleries is very very slow, so new galleries will be added whenever I have free time for it. Right now there are a few galleries for starters which you can browse through by clicking here.
I hope to hear your feedback on how the galleries look! Also, do they load/work well on your computer and if you’re having any troubles, please do let me know as it is all new to me so patience is needed.