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The Guardian

November 22nd, 2012

This little guy sat in the same spot above my door for a few days, a warning to possible intruders.

It was quite tiny, measuring just a few centimeters, but that doesn’t make it’s sting any less redoubtable.

Not quite sure how it got there. I mean, yes, this a desert country, but I live in an apartment building…

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Nudibranchs

October 15th, 2012

Until a perfectly normal wreck dive off the coast of Abu Dhabi I had never heard of, nor seen, any nudibranchs. Suddenly there they were: all over the sunken barge. Nudibranchs are a type of soft sea slug which are apparently among “some of the most colourful creatures on earth“. Absolutely beautiful creatures.

The bright colouring is a form of defense, indicating it would make either a very bitter or extremely toxic meal for the passing fish.

While there were two types of nudibranchs on the barge, there exist thousands of species.

While some species can grow to up to 60 cm in length, the specimens seen here only measured some 5 to 10 cm. As you can easily see from this shot below of a fellow diver taking a picture of one. If you look closely, you can make out three specimens along the bottom of the image, to center-left.

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Etihad Towers 360

March 3rd, 2012

Serendipity. Sometimes it hits you.

The day I took this shot, I was waiting for a few friends outside their new apartment in the stunning new Etihad Towers buildings in Abu Dhabi. While they showed up, I decided to try ou my new 8mm Sigma fisheye lens.

This is the result. One of the first shots I took with the fisheye.

Needless to say, I’m loving this lens.

More to come soon!

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World Future Energy Summit Exhibition

January 15th, 2012

Hey everyone!

2012 is starting with a bang!

Come check out my work at the World Future Energy Summit which will be held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center (ADNEC) in Abu Dhabi from 16-19 January.

The exhibition is hosted by Enviromena, one of the main suppliers of solar technology to Masdar, in association with Green Abu Dhabi, the arts initiative which aims to promote environmental awareness through art.

As in the last time I participated in a Green Abu Dhabi event, 30% of the proceeds from the exhibition will go to charity, including towards the Green Abu Dhabi Fund’s Mangrove Project, an initiative to help save the mangroves around Abu Dhabi.

The show will feature work by myself, Suhail Jashanmal and George Lewis.

Click the link to download the evite: Enviromena_Evite

Come check us out and support the cause if you can!

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Abu Dhabi Week

April 19th, 2011

Not strictly photography-related this post, but I thought I’d share.

This week I was lucky enough to be featured in the Your Abu Dhabi section of Abu Dhabi Week magazine. :)

Check it out here!

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Sunset in the Desert

April 3rd, 2011

These photographs were made in Liwa at sunset, from the top of the massive dune featured previously on my blog here.

There’s nothing quite like a sunset in the desert. The view from the top of that dune onto the changing sands below… Well, the peace it instills in you adds years to your life.

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Dune Walk

March 9th, 2011

This photo was made in Liwa, UAE, as I was making my way up this massive (perhaps hundred-meter) dune some way behind these people. I think what hit me was the sense of family that they evoked, seeing them walking together hand in hand.

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Sweihan Desert Bash in the Rain

March 4th, 2011

Some weeks ago I had the opportunity to go dune bashing with a group of friends in the Sweihan area.

The sky that day was overcast and every now and then the heavens would open, but that didn’t stop our intrepid group of adventurers. And I must say, it was an absolutely awesome experience riding the dunes in the rain.

Here are a few pictures from that day.

Of course, some of us would occasionally get stuck (and *cough* some more than others). The rain added to the complications of driving on sand, creating a very shallow layer of harder sand over the soft and loose sand underneath.

The shot below was made at the lip of The Bowl, this extraordinary and deep bowl-shaped space between adjoining sand dunes, the steep sides of which make for some impressive adrenalin-pumping driving as vehicles struggle to go at speed in circles around the wall of the bowl, without sliding down into the bottom of it.

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Alone

November 29th, 2010

This is a shot from my archives. It was a test shot I made with my then-new 50mm prime lens. For some reason, I keep coming back to it.

So here it is.

What caught my eye was the way the light hit the cup. The scene is at one of the restaurants at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi.

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School’s Out

October 29th, 2010

Some time ago I had was given an assignment to shoot the newest addition to the Lycee Louis Massignon French school – being the large, elegant building which now comfortably houses class rooms and a library. These were moved from their original location in a building which, due to expansion, was far outgrown.

I was given the run of the school campus and so ended up wandering around the old building where a lot of my friends here in Abu Dhabi had studied. I came across a place in transition. It was being emptied out and work had begun to refurbish the place. Some rooms were empty. Tables and chairs were stacked up in corridors. Paint was peeling off the walls. Notes and children’s drawing were still stacked up on boards in the halls and rooms. Some walls were being torn down.

It felt strange to be visiting a school that was not my own (I attended the International School of Choueifat here) and yet to feel as though the place was familiar and as though the halls and rooms should have been bigger – seen from the perspective of a small child.

Below, a selection of shots from the old school building.

It was strange to visit a place that once was so very alive with scampering children and to see it empty and quiet, yet still bearing evidence of their passing. I felt as though, if I listened carefully, I could hear their shrieks and laughter and pattering of small feet in the halls and the gentle scolding of teachers.

It makes me wonder if the traces of the past can ever be completely excised from a place – or a mind for that matter. Then I am reminded of Ovid‘s Metamorphoses. ”Omnia mutantur, nihil interit.

The new builds on the old, and the old makes way for the new. It is as it should be.

Everything changes, but nothing is truly lost.

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