I can’t get into a habit to write here often. I believe that it’s a matter of time and value of materials (i.e. photos) that I’d like to share. I wanted to write this post a long time ago, but better late than never. Today morning I made a series of snapshot on my 3gs of Indian labourers, this one below I posted on my Instagram account
I’ve noticed that people most of the time don’t pay attention when I shoot them on iPhone, just because it looks unprofessional. If I have DSLR in my hands, situation changes dramatically, some people start to protest against photos – waving their hands, or arguing to delete the shot if I had a luck to press the shutter button before, some people trying to hide or get out of a camera sight, and the rest just pose for photography (the bravest ones). Generally speaking, I don’t like when people pose, portraits became “dry” and lifeless, image looking like “passport photo” and, sadly, it’s going to a waste bin later at home. I don’t want to touch moral aspect of shooting people, taking into account their cultural and religious taboos, I respect people feelings and privacy, but that is another story.
Sailors from wooden dhows, captured in Dubai during Eid Al Adha holiday. Dubai dhow seaport is a fantastic place to make a charismatic portraits, every time you come here you will never do the same shot twice. This is one of the fantastic places in the world that changing every day.
Say “Om mani padme hum” my son
I made this shot during our second visit to Jordan. Unfortunately, this is the only shot I made with people, but I think it’s not a bad one. We had a full day to see the Jordanian capital despite it was hot (in June).
I found these interesting men in the streets of Amman on our way to Amman Citadel, but the most interesting about them is what they do in the streets. I didn’t see any customers with them but looks like they manually polish a shoes. Incredible! Impossible to see anything similar in UAE or maybe in Europe even (except museums of course). But here, you can see them, shoot them and even talk to them!
Sometimes I think that modern lifestyle has changed our world, life principles (how we live) and professions (what we do) significantly. Nobody tend to have a dirty and hard job, except they forced to do it. Almost all people nowadays want to be a lawyers, doctors or do some other stuff sitting in the comfortable offices and drive a sports cars. I didn’t see anybody younger than these elderly men doing the same job in the streets. It seems like this profession will dissappear after these grandpas will leave the world of living.