Oman – Photo Tip

Create a dialogue with the viewer

Guns are still a common daily sight in Oman, such as at this market at Nizwa in the Ad Dakhiliyah region. There are 25 guns per 100 people in Oman, giving it a world rank of 17 in gun ownership, although there are only 5,000 licensed gun owners.

Photo by Aldo Pavan / Getty Images

Oman – Photo Tip

Create a dialogue with the viewer

Oman is a country where modernity and tradition meet head on, especially in the big cities. When you get out into the smaller villages though, you find that people are more and more traditional.

Aldo Pavan
Aldo Pavan Travel Photographer

I took these photos in the market place at Nizwa, a village nestled in the mountains outside of the capital Muscat. The village remains under strict control of Islamic law and, maybe because of that, retains much of its original charm. The market is held within the old walled city and you can buy a host of old weapons, including knives and guns like the one the man is holding in the picture.

The Omani people are very relaxed when it comes to taking their pictures and just a brief chat was all it took for him to agree without problems to be 'shot' in a different way. I used a wide-angle lens for the portrait as I wanted to get as much background in as possible – you can see the traditional clothes worn by locals (all are wearing traditional headgear) which give more context.

The gun seller looks into the camera, creating a dialogue with the viewer. And in the background, a young man goes by on a bicycle, providing the necessary movement to tell a little story within the same image.

The goat market in Nizwa every Thursday and Friday morning is the place to see Omani goats as well...

The goat market in Nizwa every Thursday and Friday morning is the place to see Omani goats as well as the trade in cattle and other animals. The Bedouin's nomadic lifestyle evolved to care for the traditional livestock of goats, camels and horses that allowed them to survive in a harsh desert landscape. Photo by Aldo Pavan / Getty Images

Aldo Pavan

Aldo Pavan

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The goat market in Nizwa every Thursday and Friday morning is the place to see Omani goats as well as the trade in cattle and other animals. The Bedouin's nomadic lifestyle evolved to care for the traditional livestock of goats, camels and horses that allowed them to survive in a harsh desert landscape.