Continuing our monthly series, we invite our readers to share a photo that depicts their month – a glimpse into their world as they document their daily joys.

To be considered, please send your name, location, Instagram handle, and a sentence or two about the image to editors@khamsa5.com. We look forward to reviewing your submissions and potentially featuring them in our monthly series.

Here’s what May looked like for our readers.

Dareen Al-Saraj. Dubai, UAE.

“It’s one of my favourite photos of me and my best friends. 
I can’t describe this in words, but all I can say is:

.تُزهر الرّوح مع من تُحب

They are my sunlight and my unexpected joy. I flourish around them. “

@dareenalsarraj


Tatiana PB. Dubai, UAE.

“Felt like life was worth being lived for the good and the bad.”


Amina Debbiche. Dubai, UAE.

“Paris in the summer is the best.”

@itsblinkypalermo


Abdulisms. London, UK.

“Steam Down is an artist collective, weekly event and music community based in Deptford, South-East London. I’ve been the resident photographer and creator for the past few years. It was founded in 2017 by Ahnansé, a London multi-instrumentalist, composer, and producer. The event has grown into weekly sonic soundscapes created by Steam Down artists and family members.”

@abdulisms


Rand Al-Hadethi. Dubai, UAE.

“Every day, I spend 30 minutes swimming and listening to a new podcast episode to exercise my body and mind. It’s been relaxing as I usually have trouble sitting still and listening to something.”

@rundoozz


Mashael Alsaie. New York, USA.

“This one is really special. It’s of my friend Eda. I’ve been taking photos of her since 2016, and it just so happens that we’ve been creating portraits of her each year. It’s been so nice to see how she and my photography changes over the years.”

@filmbymashael


Aya Mechelany. Dubai, UAE.

“I was contemplating the waters as I was getting ready for my friend’s wedding.”

@ayamechelany


Omar Abuyousef. Montréal, Canada

“I always appreciate sites like these where the past and present meet in one frame.”

@nomadasri

Credits: All images courtesy of the submitters. Banner imagery by Mashael Alsaie.

Rand Al-Hadethi is an art, culture, and fashion writer who approaches all her creative endeavours with a penchant for storytelling. She explores the intersection of fashion, culture, and society and sheds light on talent and cultural movements across the Middle East and the world. Rand also publishes a bi-monthly themed substack newsletter called WebWeaver™. To reach Rand, email her at rand@khamsa5.com or follow her on social media @rundoozz.
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