Photographer, Noura Al Amri

Noura  (@N_Amri) is a 23 year old, Art education student. She wanders the streets of Saudi taking intruiging  photos of the everyday life.

I interviewed her and got to know more about her photo taking process!

What inspires you to go out onto the streets and take your photos?

The hidden beauty of the simplicity in our life.Screen Shot 2016-04-30 at 00.12.17Is there something specific you look for when choosing which photo to share online?

No, but I try to share photos that has beautiful meanings. I try and make sure the images I post are full of life or include something interesting or unusual.

What are the reoccurring themes in your art work and is there a reason for this?

Culture, street life, art, women and everything that Allah has created in our planet.

What attracts you to the every day life you capture?

I get attracted by sunlight ,shadows ,the birds & people’s daily life .

Screen Shot 2016-04-30 at 00.03.34 Screen Shot 2016-04-30 at 00.07.31Screen Shot 2016-04-30 at 00.07.17Screen Shot 2016-04-30 at 00.07.41You have quite a mixture of photographs ranging from reportage, to portraits to simple details of every day objects and things you’ve found on the street. What is your process / thought process when going out and taking photos?

Well to me I think everything in my country is created just to be captured, our traditional clothes, our religion and how people here are so religious. I adore the poor people’s life they’re so simple and their lives are full of color and smiles. They welcome anyone and when I go around photographing, they welcome me.

I love to capture everything that is simple and beautiful at the same time. I can see it in every neighbourhood here. The people and how they communicate with each other, families, friends, everyone.

I capture street life… the happiest, saddest and unusual moments.

Screen Shot 2016-04-30 at 00.08.01  Screen Shot 2016-04-30 at 00.09.05Screen Shot 2016-04-30 at 00.08.46Screen Shot 2016-04-30 at 00.08.21           Screen Shot 2016-04-30 at 00.12.08Screen Shot 2016-04-30 at 00.08.09Do you face any challenges going out taking photos of people on the street? Especially as a woman, some Artists have stated walking on the streets can be quite difficult, have you faced this or do you tend to snap when you are simply passing by?

As a woman I like to walk alone taking photos. And yeah once I did face a bad issue, when I was in AlMadinah, AlMonawarah I was trying to take photos of a man selling colored fabrics and it was so beautiful how he threw the fabrics in the air in front of women from different countries then suddenly when I was trying to capture the scene someone was so close to me and pulled my camera from the holder & yelled at my face asking me to delete all the photos. I was scared because I was alone with this strange man and its affected me which started to make be a little more careful and aware when I am alone. But that was the first incident and after that it has been okay and I just take someone with me at all times.

Screen Shot 2016-04-30 at 00.12.43Screen Shot 2016-04-30 at 00.09.59Screen Shot 2016-04-30 at 00.12.28Do you use your phone or your camera?

Now I only use my phone.

If your phone, is there a particular reason why?

I used to post on Instagram photos by my camera with the ones by my phone. I don’t really knew what’s was my goal from photographing, I posted photos to get likes and comments from people.

One day I saw a post on instagram and there was account has the same as my last name liked what I posted, I was interested because he had an artistic account, I checked his profile & I was surprised his photos was amazing so I followed him. After that he liked some of my photos and wrote comments on my photos that I took with my phone and wrote something like you have good eye in taking photos try to focus on that and use that particular program. After that I started to use my phone and now I can’t stop thanking that man enough.Screen Shot 2016-04-30 at 00.12.55

Connect us with a few of your favourite Artists or instagram accounts at the moment.

@stevemccurryofficial / @mihaelanoroc / @atheer93 / @almalkimedia / @hesh4m

Lastly how do you reconnect to your culture and/or Identity?

By going to the historical places & through the social life in my country.


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