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The Calm Before

Paul Tupman

Melbourne, United Kingdom

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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. It rains here maybe once or twice a year…
On Tuesday the clouds rolled in.
On Wednesday at around 07:15, the heavens opened and sent a heavy downpour onto the streets of Jeddah. The worst rains to be seen in 30 years, paralyzing the city and crippling the fragile infrastructure not built to cope with such weather. Reports in the paper today are that at least 12 people died in the floods with more deaths feared.
Rewind back to 06:15 of the same morning and I was with my camera by the sea taking pictures below the dark ominous clouds, watching the flashes of lightning on the horizon as the storm approached.
As the rain began, I tried to continue, but rapidly fading light and an increase in rain forced me to pack up my equipment. After a 2 minute run back to my car I may as well have been for a swim in the sea… soaked through! Minutes later I was watching as the streets filled with water and turned into rivers and my drive through the city may as well have been a cruise through the canals of Venice.
Anyway, this was the calm before the storm… with just a little flash of what was to come.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
November, 2009

www.tupmanphotography.co.uk

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