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The Outcome of the Auction

October 27th, 2010

I am so very chuffed by the outcome of Green Abu Dhabi‘s Community Art Auction!

Thank you to all those who believed in the movement, came and supported Green Abu Dhabi, mingled and participated in the auction!

The results speak for themselves: pretty much everything – over 50 pictures and paintings (including 20 paintings done by the children from the Future Centre for Special Needs Children) – sold out!

It was a momentous occasion. So many people showed up. The place was buzzing. I certainly had a blast. And the support I got from my family, friends and colleagues was extraordinary. I am so very grateful to them all.

I’m also overjoyed by the response that my work received. And am very very happy to say that my 3 submissions – my first ever prints on show – were sold to for a total of AED 34,000/- (about USD 9,250/-)! Woo-hoo! All proceeds will of course go to the Future Centre. This donation was only made possible thanks to the generosity of spirit of two extraordinary people who believed in my work. I cannot thank them enough.

Some of my readers abroad have asked which were the pictures I finally opted to submit. One, titled “A Slow Dance”, I shared with you in yesterday’s post. Below are the other two pictures:

“Thought and Memory”

“Remains of the Day”

Each was a signed limited edition print of 1.

On another note, check out the following:

More coming soon!

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Community Art Auction – Green Abu Dhabi

October 25th, 2010

Alright!

Green Abu Dhabi’s Community Art Auction is here!

As you know, Green Abu Dhabi is a grass roots initiative – an art show focusing on the environment and sustainable development, the aim of which is to promote awareness of some of the issues facing the rapidly developing Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

I’ve had the honour of being selected as one of the contributing artists to the show’s Community Art Auction event which will take place tomorrow, 26/10/2010, at the Emirates Heritage Club in Al Bateen, Abu Dhabi at 7:30pm.

I will be auctioning off 3 photos (yep only 3 this time, unfortunately) to raise money for the Future Center for Special Needs Children in Abu Dhabi and the World Wildlife Fund’s Abu Dhabi initiatives.

Check out the feature on the Community Art Auction in the excellent Abu Dhabi Week magazine.

You can also check out Green Abu Dhabi’s website here and facebook page here.

Below is one of the three images I am submitting for the Community Art Auction tomorrow:

Come one, come all! Spread the word! Join us tomorrow, be merry, meet your friends, have fun – and bid, bid, bid! Is all for charity!

On another note:

More coming soon!

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Choose a Picture for Green Abu Dhabi

October 17th, 2010

Hello everyone!

Well, as you know, I’m to be showing a few pictures in the Community Artists section of Green Abu Dhabi. That section of the show is set to launch in the coming week or so (exact date to be confirmed).

This post is to ask you, my readers (all 2 of you) to select the picture or pictures (but please, no more than 3) from any of my main website or the blog that they would like to see exhibited and auctioned off at Green Abu Dhabi. Remember, all proceeds of the sale of my pictures will be going to charity!

To spice things up a bit for you, the person who ends up selecting a picture that I end up exhibiting will get a thank you for their contribution, in the form of their very own signed print!

Now the bad news: I have to ask you to hurry and give me your suggestions (either by email or in the comments section) by the 20th of October at the latest.

Cheers!

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Going Green

October 14th, 2010

Green Abu Dhabi, an art show focusing on the environment and sustainable development, started just yesterday and will be running for 3 weeks.

The impact of a rapidly developing economy and community on the environment can be huge. The show aims to raise awareness, and highlight the challenges faced by such a community going forward.

You can check out Green Abu Dhabi’s Facebook page here.

Green Abu Dhabi features a core exhibition by 5 emerging artists in Abu Dhabi and supported by a number of events and other exhibitions, including a Community Art Auction, where community artists will be auctioning off some of their work. A portion of proceeds of all sales of artwork and merchandise at Green Abu Dhabi will be going towards the WWF-EWS, the Future Center for Special Needs Children of Abu Dhabi, and the Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services.

I will be one of the community artists who’ll be displaying and auctioning off a few pictures. All proceeds of the sales of my work will go to charity.

If you’re in Abu Dhabi don’t miss it! Come one, come all, come strong, tell your friends, spread the word!

The picture above was taken on a recent snorkelling trip.

More coming soon!

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The Award

October 3rd, 2010

Hey guys! I’m back!

Well, I’ve been back home for a few days, but they’ve been rather… full … for lack of a better word, hence the prolonged absence.

Today, I’d like to share something truly very special.

That there is my father’s brand-spanking-new award.

My father has just been promoted to Commendatore (Commander) of the Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana (Order of Merit of the Italian Republic)! The Order of Merit is the highest ranking honour of the Italian Republic. This award was signed by Giorgio Napoletano, Italy’s current President, and countersigned by Romano Prodi.

Some years ago Italy awarded him with the Knighthood (so basically he now skipped the rank of Ufficiale and went straight to Commander). He’s also been awarded with Knighthoods of the National Orders of Merit by both the French and the Spanish.

All for civil services rendered to all three states over a highly distinguished and extraordinary career.

You can see two of the medals in the Still Life gallery on my main website, pictured together with a very old portrait of my mother.

Few people can claim to have received any of these National Orders of Merit, and fewer still can claim to have been awarded all of them. He’s a great man (and clearly that is not just my opinion). It’s refreshing when all the effort and work he’s put in over the years is recognised and appreciated.

I took this picture over the weekend, lighting the award with two studio stobes fitted with softboxes.

More coming soon (though is still likely to be somewhat erratic – bear with me)!

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An Island Sunset

September 14th, 2010

Last weekend an escape to one of the beautiful untouched island beaches was organised by some friends and I.

We spent the best part of the afternoon and evening relaxing on the beach and swimming in the clear emerald waters. And chatted away as the sun set a few degrees off the main island of Abu Dhabi some distance away.

We’ve been blessed here over the past few weeks. We’ve had some truly amazing sunsets. I had the chance to enjoy a few over the holy month of Ramadan as most every day at that time I was driving up or down the Corniche heading to some iftar or other.

But this time I had the chance to sit back, relax and give my attention to the sky. The typically cloudless Abu Dhabi sky was filled with a mix of wide streaks and thin wisps of clouds that shifted and changed during the period from sunset to twilight to dusk. And the dying sun’s rays hit them in such a way as to throw the dome of the sky into a riot of ever-changing vibrant oranges and deep reds.

Naturally, I ended up snapping off a few frames.

Here are a few of the results.

To camera left you can see the Abu Dhabi city skyline in the distance. I loved the gradual change of colour from deep orange to an arc of magenta to deep blue as you look away from the sun towards the top of the frame.

I waded waist-deep in the water to make this frame.

What’s a beach without beach sports? Supersportsman Alex catches a frisbee with the tips of his fingers.

That little speck in the water left of the center of the frame is not a dust spot. It’s one of my friends enjoying the water.

The new moon graced us with its company and its Cheshire Cat smile.

There’s nothing quite like being in the water as it changes colour to reflect the sky at dusk.

This is one of my favourite pictures from that series. It says it all, really. And yep, I was waist-deep in water for this one too.

More coming soon!

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Joe in Abu Dhabi

April 9th, 2010

Joe McNally, one of my favourite photographers, was in Abu Dhabi for a workshop and I missed it.

Why, you ask? Well, cause I’m out of town and didn’t hear about it, probably.

Check out his blog post (littered with awesome shots) on the workshop he conducted in Abu Dhabi here.

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The Night Drive

April 8th, 2010

It’s been a very long time since my last post.

I’ve been going through some stuff lately and ended up falling off the grid completely. It was remarkably easy to do, strangely enough. The crawling back is proving immeasurably harder to do. It’s not completely over, but I’m working on it. On that note, I’d like to apologise here to all my friends who’ve seen me drop off the map and who tried to raise me unsuccessfully.

The good news is that my lack of posts doesn’t mean that I’ve been idle photography-wise. That said, I can’t guarantee that I’ll be able to return to the post-every-other-day routine for a while yet. This is due to a number of factors. The two main ones are: 1) I don’t have a steady internet connection; and 2) God willing, I may soon be embarking on a month-long trip over which I will – for certain – not have any internet access whatsoever. I’ll fill you in on the details of that soon enough.

Meanwhile, to celebrate the return of the not quite prodigal, I’ll leave you with a few pictures.

These were taken one night as I was driving back to Abu Dhabi from Al Ain. I set up my D700 on a tripod in between the front seats of my car and attached a cable release to it: Voila! Simple enough, I thought.

I took a test shot or two to get the settings I wanted (lens set to infinity, Aperture Priority mode, f/8, ISO 400), and off I went. The only problem was that on turns, the setup tended to lean dangerously, Tower of Pisa-style. It occasionally even threaten to topple, regardless how gently I took a turn. Next time I try this, I’m going to look to strapping the tripod legs to something…

I’m currently trying to find my way back … somewhere. So the images have taken on new meaning for me.

I hope you enjoy them.

More pictures soon!

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The Graveyard, a Panorama

February 10th, 2010

As promised earlier, here is the panorama I stitched together from 11 pictures I took on my visit to the dhow graveyard in Mina Zayed.

Click on the thumbnail below to view the larger image.

More pictures coming soon!

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The Graveyard

February 6th, 2010

There’s a clearing in Abu Dhabi’s old Mina Zayed which doubles as a graveyard for derelict dhows.

I recently had the opportunity to explore it. Here are a few of the resulting pictures.

The mina (port) is gradually being torn down to be replaced by highrise hotels, office and residential buildings. The first signs of the changes to come are starting to be visible.

I guess the old must make way for the new.

I did some more experimenting with HDR this round. The HDR images below were created from 7 exposures each.

The light was just perfect. It was late evening and the sun was low on the horizon.

I loved the sunlight through the window.

The hull of one dhow was ripped open, the rusted metal sheeting peeling away from the wood planks beneath.

Most all the propellers of the derelict dhows were rusted black. This was the only one which still retained its original paint – a rusty red.

I’ll be posting a panorama I took of the graveyard soon.

Stay tuned for more pictures!

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