The historic district of Al-Balad in the Saudi port city of Jeddah was founded in the 7th century. Typical for the architecture of Jeddah are tower-like houses with large wooden roshan. The families of rich traders lived here in the late 19th century. This part of the city on the Red Sea has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2014. Al Balad is the opposite of the otherwise very modern, American-inspired lifestyle of Jeddah. No cars drive in the narrow streets, which are almost extinct at prayer time. Some of them are so nested that you can quickly get lost in them as a stranger. It’s a simple neighborhood, but wonderfully unique in its original charm. The colorful gates and doors are a trademark of the area – each one is unique. Small places that invite you to drink and linger, traditional shops and deeply relaxed people, who shape their everyday life and work far away from tourism there. Al Balad is not really Jeddah, although it is the origin of the city. Al Balad is what we miss when we travel to the United Arab Emirates. Something that touches.
Our second trip took us to the Farasan Islands – close to the yemeni border – a almost unexplored coral island group in the Red Sea.
TEL AVIV - JERUSALEM
Special thanks to our friend Dominik Riesebeck! He visited the pulsating metropolis of Tel Aviv, also the spiritual city of Jerusalem, for a first time and was impressed by the strong contrasts he experienced – seeing historic buildings, religious sites, brightly colored graffiti and trendy hipster cafes.
The beaches around Rimini were the holiday mecca of the 50s and 60s. To this day, part of the beach culture of that time has been preserved, which has sometimes shaped the understanding of the Italian Way of Life. The coastal strip and associated towns present themselves with typical beach houses and cabins as well as striped awnings – in connection with a color image that is defined by pastel tones and strong red.
From their trip to the aid organization Islamic Relief in Sudan in September 2018, Usama Elyas and Alexander Kindermann brought us extracts from everyday life, the Muslim clothing culture and the street scenes in Khartoum and the surrounding area.
Our photographer Daniel Peter witnessed a spontaneous football session when it was raining in the sea. He armed with an umbrella and camera and struggled through waist-high water to document the special atmosphere and the game.