In 2012 Couchman began working on Omani Women نساء عمانيات, exploring portraiture and collaborating with women across the Sultanate of Oman. In October 2015 she unveils these photographic portraits and launches her latest book Omani Women نساء عمانيات which documents this artist’s journey across Oman.
“She camped in the mountains, the desert and on the beaches of this beautiful country, in order to gain access to the communities living between the northern tip of Musandam and the southern border with Yemen; between the edge of The Empty Quarter bordering with Saudi Arabia to the west; and along the length of the east coast and onto Masirah Island. On her travels she met women walking or working and asked to take their portraits.” – Sussan Babaie – Foreword for Omani Women – About a journey
The series depicts the diversity of Omani women, their self-presentation, fashion, modesty and beauty in the country. These portraits depict a very varied group of women and their individual style. Couchman believes that photography by its nature allows the viewer to consider the beauty in the details of how the women she met presented themselves. The portraits are the product of a journey through Oman, many conversations with Omani women and the quiet nights camping out under our starry desert skies.
“Couchman’s project bridges a gap as far as local memory allows. This collapsing of time through an artist’s journey runs as a backdrop to her experience of Oman. The rare privilege afforded a woman artist to focus her camera lens on women of Oman makes this an unusual venture.” – Sussan Babaie– Foreword for Omani Women – About a journey
Omani Women نساء عمانيات
By Helen Couchman
Foreword by Dr. Sussan Babiae. Text in English/Arabic
Hardback, 174 pages, illustrated in colour, portrait – 17cm x 24cm x 1.5cm
First Edition 2015
For more information see www.helencouchman.com