Think Dubai, or search it on Google, and the first images that strike you are of high-rise towers, hotels and glassy buildings. Most of the available images of Dubai are taken with the camera pointing up towards that tall tower or far towards that lovely sunset by the beach or the horizon of the desert, or selfies set in front of them. But what about the people?
عندما تبحث بجوجل أو تستحضر ذهنيا صورا لدبي فإن أول ما يتبادر إليك هي صور للأبراج الشاهقة والمجمعات الضخمة والفنادق الفارهة، غالبية التصاوير الملتقطة لدبي نجد فيها الكاميرا موجهة للأعلى تجاه ذلك المعلم أو بعيدا تجاه أفق ذلك الغروب الجميل… أو صور سيلفي مأخوذة أمام تلك الجمادات، ولكن ماذا عن البشر؟
I went to the canal behind Birmingham University train station just before dusk on christmas eve (2009). The weather was beautifully foggy all day, so it was a unique photographic opportunity for me.
The place was in almost total darkness. The only main lighting source I had was the orange ambient light from the distant streets which was intensified by both the fog and the snowy grounds. Other than that some lights behind the trees and the fence of the train station also helped a little.
This is after the first small blizzard we had yesterday, later at night the amount of the snow doubled here in Birmingham. It’s as irresistible scene for us since we don’t see the snow that often, and not at all back in Kuwait!