Gifts from Jordan


Last year, my family brought home lots of goodies from Jordan! There were Dead Sea mud masks, soap bars, clothing, keychains, and sweets. I’ve never been so excited to see someone unpack their luggage. I wish I could photograph everything, but I managed to capture a cool set of three magnets that my sister, Raabz, got me. Here’s a before version of one of them:

I enjoy photographing small objects because of their intrinsic and symbolic qualities. In an effort to create simple images, I photographed the items against a white poster-board using available daylight from my window. After minor adjustments in Lightroom, I replaced the background with a solid color in Photoshop. Here’s the after version:

This one depicts an olive tree that is a significant source of Jordan’s agriculture. Amongst the animals around the tree is a lion preying on a deer. Yikes.

Here’s a camel caravan on the next magnet, followed by a picture of my sister, Sai, atop a camel in Amman, Jordan.

Image courtesy of Sai

The last magnet depicts Al-Khazneh, known as The Treasury, in Petra, Jordan. According to my VisitJordan map, this structure was carved by the Nabataeans, an Arab people.

This high relief keychain evokes the sculptural aspect of Al-Khazneh. Here’s a picture taken by Raabz, which gives you a sense of its size compared to us humans!

Image Courtesy of Raabz

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed the pictures. Have you been to Jordan before or is it on your list of places to visit? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time,


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