Talib Almarri at Galerie Tanit
Talib Almarri started his photography journey in 2016, capturing wildlife and natural landscapes near his home in Khobar, Saudi Arabia, as well as during his travels in Europe, the Gulf, and particularly in Kenya, Tanzania, and Botswana. In recent years, his focus has shifted to a specific location called Buhairat al-Asfar, situated in the al-Hasa governorate within the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia, along the eastern coast.
Almarri has developed a deep fascination with this place, characterised by sandy hills overlooking a lake, adorned with lush vegetation. Despite the vibrant colours surrounding him, he predominantly chooses to showcase his captivating images in black and white, as he believes it effectively conveys the essence of photography. The lake itself is a national park and holds the status of a UNESCO World Heritage site. It stands out as one of the most significant shallow wetland lakes in the region, attracting numerous migratory bird species, including a larger population of the white heron compared to any other area in Saudi Arabia.
When Almarri returns to this location repeatedly, he feels captivated by the harmonious blend of water, birds, and vegetation. The only sounds he hears are the songs of birds and the gentle rustling of air through the grass and water. He ensures that nothing disrupts the tranquility of the place and his mind. Each visit strengthens his attachment to this spot, as if he truly belongs there. He discovers a passion within himself to explore and unravel more of its beauty, constantly seeking new and unconventional artistic angles and ideas to express his connection with it.
About the Artist
Talib Almarri was born in Khobar in 1979, where he is currently based. He is a self-taught photographer whose work has been in international competitions including The Big Picture (2020), Nature’s Best Awards, Sienna Competition and the iPhone Photography Awards (all 2021). He recently won 1st prize at XPOSURE, UAE (2022). The artist’s work was featured in Amakin; the 9th edition of 21,39 Jeddah Arts curated by Venetia Porter (2022). Almarri got into photography in 2016, and what started as a mere hobby quickly grew to become a passion and a philosophy. There are no boundaries to the artist’s creativity, as he always seeks to develop his artistic outlook and visual culture. According to Talib, “tomorrow’s work should be better than today’s”. Almarri uses every element in the environment to serve and enhance the subject of the image. He frames the pictures as he pleases both visually and emotionally, before actually capturing them through his camera.
Buhayrat Al-Asfar Birds in Fine Art, Talib Almarri
Location: Galerie Tanit, Mar Mikhael
Duration: June 15 – August 3, 2023