Madain Saleh (below) is to Saudi Arabia what Uluru is to Australia – it’s the must-see site if you’re visiting the country.
These incredible tombs – 150 of them listed as part of a world heritage site – were carved into the rock in the middle of the desert in AD50, marking the crossroads for pilgrims, explorers, armies and camel traders who travelled between Petra (Jordan) and Mecca over the ages.
For a photographer, it’s a joy to capture – particularly as the sun sets and the gentler hues return to the desert.
Today, having done the reconnaissance, we return with camels on a mission to capture what I’m hopeful will be one of the best pictures of this assignment. I couldn’t be more excited by the prospect (particularly as the airline found my luggage, he says).