I’m not a photographer and it’s OK

I’m a mother, a teacher, a blogger and quite a few other things, but I’m not a photographer.

I do like clicking away on my phone and keeping pictures as souvenirs. I do love showing readers of this blog what my life as an expat is like, but I’m not a photographer.

I did try to become better at it: I bought my first camera, a digital point and shoot but still… quite a big step from my regular camera of choice: my Blackberry 5mp camera. I even tried to take online classes to learn how to use my new camera and compose pictures but that’s not for me. Too technical, too boring sorry, can’t be bothered.

Then I heard about photoshop and softwares to make pictures look amazing, and I did try a few. Spent hours working on my raw shots to make them look spectacular and the results were quite good really. But you know what? I can’t be bothered anymore with those either…. Too much time, efforts, headaches and frustrations. It has even stopped me from putting online thousands of pictures I wanted to show you. It’s crazy. And. It’s not worth it!

I’m not a photographer!

And you know what? It’s OK. I’ve decided it’s OK to not be good at it.

I do like many of the pictures I took over the years. I love looking at them and having all the memories and emotions come right back to the surface. I love showing you guys the good, the bad and the ugly of my expat life.

So my pictures will never make the cover of National Geographic? It’s OK.

I’ve decided not to be ashamed of my pictures anymore. They are what they are and what I always wanted them to be: a raw, direct and uncompromising glimpse of real life as an expat.

I’m not a photographer… still, I got loads of pictures I’m proud of. What do you think?

Balad, jeddah

Jeddah old city

Naseef house, balad, jeddah

Roof top view in Jeddah old city

tunisia tourism

Salt flats, South Tunisia

canal du midi, France, UNESCO

Slow boat ride on the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Canal du Midi, France

tunisia tourism

Salt Flats, South Tunisia

London, Camden

New constructions reflected in an older building, London, UK

Camden (5)

Different styles of architectures in London, UK

saudi arabia mecca

A real life picture of Mecca, with its hundreds of cranes

tripoli, libya

Sea view in Tripoli, Libya


Tripoli, sea view


Tripoli Towers, Tripoli, Libya

Egypt, cairo, citadel

View over Cairo, Egypt from the Citadel

Egypt, cairo, Nile

Sunset over the Nile from a traditional Egyptian river boat

Black Mountain region, France

View from a mountain top in France. The Mediterranean Sea (which is 70 km away) can be seen as a thin ray of light in the background.

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

My very first picture of the Kabaa in Mecca

London Eye

View of the London Eye, London

London Eye

View over London, UK from the top of the London Eye.

Hammamet, tunisia

A narrow alleyway in Hammamet old Medina, Tunisia

Hammamet, Tunisia

Little hidden gem off the main road, Hammamet

Hammamet, Tunisia

Empty beaches, Turquoise waters, Hammamet

tunisia, mosque

Inside a small road side mosque, south Tunisia

Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Masjid al Haraam

One of my favorite picture of Mecca, Saudi Arabia


Inside Masjid Al Nabawi, Madinah, Saudi Arabia

mecca, masjid al haraam, saudi arabia

Praying just in front of the Ka’baa in the Holy Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia


These are probably my favorite pictures ever. While the technique is probably lousy, I’m hoping something of the moment and the emotions felt can transpire. And if it does, then that’s enough for me. So get ready for more pictures and less fuss.

After all, I’m not a photographer, right?

5 thoughts on “I’m not a photographer and it’s OK”

  1. Calvin Green says:

    You’re not a photographer but you love taking pictures,passion I guess.Humble person.
    Calvin Green recently posted…Rapport Master

  2. Tim UrbanDuniya says:

    Well I think you’re a great photographer!! Sure, some of them aren’t as great as others, but some of them are simply magnificent! Standouts for me;

    – reflections of the old building in London
    – Different styles of architecture in London
    – The first one of the Salt Flats in Tunisia
    – Hammamet
    – Sunset over the Nile
    – The last one, of the ka’baa

    Way to go – looking forward to many more!

    1. Jameela Deen says:

      Thank you Tim this is very encouraging. The pictures of the salt flats and the ones in Hammamet are also some of my favorites. That\’s another thing I love about Tunisia, making incredible pictures is easy.

  3. Andrew says:

    what a stunning selection of photos!

    1. Jameela Deen says:

      Thank you I\’m glad I\’m not the only one who likes them haha

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