Ever since I moved to the Middle East I have been fascinated by the Arabic patterns that are usually present on the walls around the mosques in this region. They can be extremely intricate and create some really interesting visual effects.Â During the Faces and Places workshop in Oman we got the chance to visit the Sultan Qaboos Mosque in Muscat, taking our time exploring the place and photographing it.
I visited the place a few years ago and at that time I aimed my camera mostly at the buildings without focusing on any of the small details around the complex. This time I really wanted to take my time exploring the place, finding unusual angles to create a story about the mosque. That’s when I noticed these patterns on the walls (about 7-8 different ones in different parts of the building). I tried photographing them from various angles and for a while nothing really seemed to look good. I then realized that they could work really well viewed from the floor, looking towards the lamps hanging from the ceiling, especially if shown side by side like below.
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