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AUB Alumni Art Expo

February 19th, 2013

Last week, on 15th and 16th February, the American University of Beirut (AUB) held its first ever Alumni Art Expo. It brought together work by over 60 established and emerging artists - painters, sculptors, photographers, ceramic and jewelry designers – from among AUB’s alums.

I was privileged to participate in the exhibition, with two of my two photographs being showcased. The two photos are below.

King Jimmy

 

This portrait was taken two years ago in a tiny village in Northern Spain, along the Camino de Santiago. It is of one of the people dearest to me. An extraordinary heart. And a man’s man. I captured this photograph some days after I’d first met him, when our friendship was still in its budding stages. There was just something about the way he stood, cigarette dangling, that seemed to call to the photographer in me. When I raised the camera to my eye and he looked up, it all just seemed to come together. Click.

The Little Light in the Dark

This photograph I’ve featured on my blog before, but here it is again anyway. This picture is special to me for many reasons (see here). Among them also is the sense of wonder I always get when I look at it. The clear blue of the water. The rising steam (the water was at a gloriously warm 40 degrees Celcius, while outside it was just 3 or 4). The light. The fact that my wonderful wife, all wrapped up in layer upon layer, had insisted on going out and exploring – on foot – the lake Myvatn area in Iceland, despite a raging fever…

Here is a review of the exhibition by lOrient-le-Jour newspaper (sorry guys, it’s in French). I’m particularly stunned and honored that the newspaper pointed to me as being one of two photographers it found of particular interest. 

You can find out more about the exhibition at AUB’s website here.

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The Blue Cave

November 10th, 2012

If you asked me whether there is a picture of which I was proudest, this one would probably be it. Why? Because it’s the first picture that turned out better than I had imagined when I set out to take it.

Whenever I plan a shot and picture it in my head, it rarely comes out as amazing as I thought it would. However, with this one, I beat the image I had in my mind’s eye.

Another thing making it so special to me is that it’s the very first shot I took where I had composed the shot and selected all the settings manually and got exactly the shot I wanted on the very first try (if you’re curious, setting were f8, iso 200, 30s shutter, at 24mm). I had just the right look and feel I sought.

Interestingly, this picture came about rather randomly. We were driving around the Lake Myvatn area in Iceland, when we decided to go off-road. Not long after, we happen to be driving parallel to a massive sloping ridge of solidified lava and we notice the entrance to a cave (picture of the entrance below). So we decide to investigate. Just within, we find this beautiful, extraordinary cave, filled with hot, steaming, crystal-clear water (at some 38 degrees centigrade, while it was about 3 degrees outside). Perfect for a dip.

Turned out the little cave had two entrances, each leading to one side of the pool. So my wife sat wrapped up warm at one edge, while I made my way to the other end, set up my tripod and camera, and voila!

The cave entrance. How random is that?

More coming soon!

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Seljalandsfoss

October 15th, 2012

Some moments resonate in our minds more than others. For me, this is one of them.

This shot was taken some time ago in Iceland, at the foot of Seljalandsfoss waterfall. The falls drop some 60 meters from the cliffs of what was formerly the southern coastline. It is among the most well-known waterfalls in Iceland and certainly one of the most beautiful.

One of the things which struck me in Iceland is the sheer quantity of waterfalls. In 12 days there, I daresay we saw more waterfalls than we did people.

But back to this moment. I perhaps have more beautiful shots of this waterfall, but this one remains my favourite. It was windy and raining. Certainly not the ideal conditions to shoot. It was our second day of driving around Iceland, and we’d been on the go since the morning, awestruck for the most part – Iceland has got to be one of the most beautiful, wondrous places on Earth.

A sense of wonder had been upon us since we landed at the airport, and a measure of peace had been gradually creeping upon us since. But I think I only realised how genuinely peaceful and happy I was the moment after I took this shot.

The person standing on the black sands in the foreground looking tiny beneath the waterfall, is my wife. When we first approached, she had rushed forwards and stood, arms spread, head lifted and smiling, in the spray at the foot of the falls.

Freedom.

More coming soon!

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