23 year old Farah Foudeh expresses pride and satisfaction of photographing the many beautiful landscapes in her native Jordan, and states a few places that keeps her shooting images endlessly. “The landscape in Wadi Rum gives you the feeling of being on Mars, and the night sky reminds you how small we really are,” she told the Instagram blog. Even though she spent many of her formative years in Nigeria, Farah always make it a point to go back home to Amman where she tries to immerse more in her own culture and people by way of documenting the every day lives in the city.
After finding work at Jordan’s tourism board, she got more opportunity to explore and spend more time hiking in the beautiful countrysides. Soon her photography portfolio included the majestic desert, the picturesque valley plains and the stunning sunsets scattered all over her country. “I am a sucker for silhouettes,” she says, while naming Wadi Ibn Hammad and Wadi al Kerak canyons as among her favorite places to shoot. “They have natural water flowing through them, and interesting vegetation grows there as a result. You sometimes have desert valleys with palm trees growing horizontally in all directions from the side of the mountains.”
“One thing people might not know about Jordan is that it gets pretty green here in spring,” as she points to the direction of the mountainous region in the northern part of Jordan. But nothing will ever top Farah’s favorite shooting location, which is at the Dead Sea during sunset or sunrise. “The stillness of the Dead Sea mirrors the colors of the sunset perfectly on a clear day.”
For traveling photographers currently exploring and planning to visit Jordan someday, Farah gives a helpful tip for starters to begin their photography journey in this mysterious and historic country. The Siq in Petra provides great vantage point because as she explains “The narrow pass-way between the canyon walls makes it quite easy to get great compositions, not to mention the lighting there is stunning.” The canyons at Wadi Ibn Hammad, Wadi Assal and Wadi al Kerak are always a great location to take photographs especially during late afternoon “When the sun is setting I love how the light is reflected off the wet canyon walls.”. Farther out from the city of Amman, Farah swears by the impressive sights in and around Wadi Rum, which is also referred to as the ‘Valley of the Moon’. “It’s a three-hour drive from the city, and the perfect getaway to connect with nature and just relax. The silhouettes of the mountains are breathtaking at sunrise, and the entire desert is golden for a few minutes.”
To explore more of Jordan prior to traveling there, follow Farrah’s Instagram @farahfoudeh