While living in Bahrain in I photographed a collection of display signage. I’ve recently browsing these images and thought it’s time to upload them to Flickr and write a post.

The photos are taken during the hot summer months in Manama, Bahrain’s capital city. During weekend I’d walk through the narrow streets photographing the city nightlife. Many Middle Eastern countries come alive at night, when the temperature cools down a bit.

Before heading out I’ll select a street and choose the signage to photography. I’ve had shop owners staring at me while taking pics some waving or shouting not to photography. Ill quickly take the shot and walk off. They’re mostly neon, luminous displays written in Arabic, with English translation in trusted Helvetica. They had interesting logos and unusual store names sometimes with translation gone wrong.

They had interesting logos and unusual store names sometimes with translation gone wrong.

Since moving back home to South Africa, I realised just how unique and intrigue Bahrain’s colourful signages were. South African shop sign designs are too rigid, structured and too perfectly aligned. We thoroughly stick to the rules. Maybe sometimes it’s good to break them.

Visit my Flickr set and see the rest of the images at

Majestic Men's Hair Salon "Bahrain Signage"

Donya Beauty Salon " Bahrain Signage"

Sout O Soora "Signage Bahrain"

Time Laundry "Bahrain Signage"

Al Bukharai Restaurant "Bahrain Signage"

French Foto Centre "Bahrain Signage"

Sun and Sand Restaurant "Bahrain Signage"

 

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