My new reality, BLOGDOM

Sooo.... it has come to pass, I am starting a blog.... I have been pushed and prodded and finally inspired, to share my work.
Having no talent for the art of the written word, I am hoping my images will speak for themselves.
What I love is to photograph, what I hope is that you enjoy viewing the world through my eyes as I take you along on my journey.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Camel Races in Doha, Qatar

So... I am a bit of a travel nut and whenever I get the opportunity to venture into distant lands, I jump at the chance.  This time it was the Middle East...  Doha, Qatar to be exact.  It was a brief visit, but I did get to Shahhaniya to experience and photograph the camel races....  The only jockeys I saw were robot jockeys, here's why...

Interesting info from

Child jockeys Until recently, children as young as four were purchased from their parents or kidnapped and sold into use as jockeys. See Mental Mayhem for an account of child jockeys being used only last year, or the Ansar Burney Trust for some disturbing pictures and stories. While this was already illegal, Qatar has now introduced severe punishments for anyone caught using child jockeys, and is going to greater lengths to enforce these laws, in contrast to some other countries in the area. They have also established an orphanage for children whose parents cannot be found.