For his recent series, Lone Canyon, Saudi photographer Faisal Almalki was interested in the female ritual of wearing a veil. The title of the series is a reference to the gap between a woman and the veil that completely shields her face. In Saudi Arabia, this type of dress is more of a tradition than a religious law, and Almalki sought out to investigate, using his camera to document a woman’s perspective. In a recent interview, the photographer explains that while the project began as an attempt to understand this subculture of traditional dress, it turned into a portrait of his prejudice. In photographing the world as a woman see’s it, the veil became a symbol that represented ‘the other’.

Lone Canyon is on view at Athr Gallery in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia until January 10, 2015.

Text by Kayla Chobotiuk