Photographic studio owner Sana’ from Hail represents a new generation of young Saudis who have turned their passion for photography into a means of earning a living.
Having started out as a personal interest “photographing everything I saw”, photography became for Sana’ an increasingly artistic and technical pursuit, leading her to exhibit her works at various shows in Hail and regional events organized by the Tourism Commission. She was eventually able to open her own small studio for women.
“The credit goes to my husband who supported me all the way, both morally and financially,” she said. “He helped me set up and open the studio for women, which then in turn also helped provide extra income for the household.”
She said she now has her sights set on taking part in international photography competitions, but she recognizes that the progress she has made has not been easy.
“What’s annoying is the lack of encouragement women photographers get in the region,” she said. “The only backing I got was from my husband and some relatives.”
Sana’ has as her favorite subjects in her work “scenes of natural beauty, images of an unusual flavor, and old, traditional houses”.
“Photography requires calm and precision in choosing the most aesthetic angle,” she said. “The camera itself is obviously important in the quality of picture, but the angle of the shot is probably the most important thing.”
She said she hopes in the future to put on an exhibition of all her photographs and set up a website to display her works.
– Okaz/Saudi Gazette