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.
Let’s add some curly abstractness
And some more mosque domes
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.
That is how day of 9th November 2011 ended. Spectacular sunset, rare view, seriously.
You will never truly value something until you miss it. I saw similar sunset almost everyday when I was kid and lived in Russia, but I never put enough attention on how the sunset can be so beautiful, even this one.
I’ve recently realised that UAE or how people usually say here – Emarati (Emirati is also can be a proper name but these two words are mostly pointed to local people) weather, and colors of Emarati weather in the meaning of photography is normaly so dull (I wrote about it in the previous post) that better solution is to desaturate the images a bit or even make some shots in black and white. It looks even more dramatic and story-telling rather than conjure with a saturaion of the whole image.
I made this shot in Deira, where the large Dhows (mostly Pakistani and Indian) – wooden cargo boats are parked with goods, they look exactly the same like hundreds years ago. This man is a regular helmsman of Abra – small wooden boat (water taxi) that shuttle between Deira and Bur Dubai stations, crossing the Dubai creek and transport tourists and residents from one side to another; for fun or for a purpose, this man doesn’t care – he just does his job.
I made this shot in April this year (I can’t believe that time is running so fast, seems like it was yesterday), luckily I got it on Friday – on a local public holiday, happily I had a camera with me, fortunately I had a tripod as well. Such a spectacular sunset (true for UAE) is not quote frequent event for this country, especially for spring when nature is preparing for oven-like or hell-like summer. Nobody look up most of the time during summer for at least two reasons: a) cruel sun can burn your eyes (I’m serious) and b) dull skies. Boring ever-blue skies every single day, except winter and fall. I’m waiting for a winter so much like nobody on this planet. I’m waiting for a cool season simply because winter will bring clouds that I miss so much, cold weather that I love so much and rain that I hated so much before I came here )