In April 2022 I found myself in the Middle East without much of a plan or significant intention of being there. However I had always had an idea what I would like to photograph if I found myself with my camera in the Arabian peninsula.

Globalisation, urbanisation and economic progression has been a success for many wealthy nations and cohorts of people that have benefited from it, but for many sub-cultures and tribal sects it has meant the opposite, whether it be a wider wealth gap or diminishing support for authentic practices and ways of living around the world. But for some, for instance the Bedouin people of the middle east, it has been a double-edged sword where many have succumbed to urbanisation and economic development of their lands and people - often seen as a good thing where they can earn a better standard of living - but many have also been driven from their home lands, forced to give up their shrinking pastures in order to maintain their way of life.

For me, I was interested and saddened as an outsider at the fact the world was losing yet another ancient tribe to the homogeny of economies and urban life. As such, I wanted to investigate and capture any remaining Bedouins in the region, if I could find them...

Read my blog on the trip here. Please also check out my Instagram page and follow me @mattyj_ay for more photos and other content! Comments are welcome.

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