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The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque by Night

Muscat (Oman). The first time I saw the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Muscat it was during the day: the mosque was packed of tourists, and it was a little bit too overcrowded (I’m not complaining; it’s normal, being one of the main landmarks in the Sultanate’s capital). However, I remember that I remained all the day with the curiosity of seeing it “far from the madding crowd” (it’s a quotation, do not take me too seriously). The opportunity came when I explained my “curiosity” to the hotel’s concierge: he kindly invited me to follow him to the hotel’s private terrace – not a rooftop with bars or clubs… just a terrace with air conditioning pumps, water tanks, solar panels and other facilities – and he gave me the possibility of capturing this image. When I saw the mosque all illuminated, with darkness all around, in the calm of the Omani night, I was really amazed by the perfection of its lines and by the sense of mysticism that it was able to transmit – although still I was quite far from it. It was December 30th, late night: the year was almost over and it was, for me, an early new year’s eve celebration…

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The Fisherman’s Family

Muscat (Oman). I captured this photograph when I was driving around Oman with a friend. It was late afternoon and we were along a beach not far from Muscat. People were preparing their boats for the night out, and I noticed this nice fisherman’s family. The man is repairing the nets, I guessed he will leave his children in few hours to take the sea and capture some fish to sell at the local market. All together they share this nice convivial moment, it was nice photographing them.

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