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?
Shot during the first hours of the morning by the beach at Mangaf and Fahaheel in Kuwait. It shows the lives of the few all-nighters and early-morningers and what they are up to, which is interestingly varied as can bee seen.
After five years since my last visit to Malaysia I lately went back to my favourite holiday destination. It was a short visit which was mostly spent with the family inside the resorts, by the swimming pool or in the shopping centres. Nevertheless, we managed to get few short photographic escapes in the streets of Penang and Kuala Lumpur.
I brought my Canon 5d MKII for this trip because I knew that most of my street photography will be at night, so the Canon 85mm f/1.2 will be my best friend. The Leica M7 had to stay at home because I don’t have lenses fast enough for it, and because I have a small pile of films waiting to be processed already! I was also looking forward to buy some films and chemicals from there, but unfortunately I didn’t have time to visit the speciality shops I was planning to visit, and most of the high street photography shops I found (and there are a lot of them!) didn’t have film in stock anymore. I did buy a bunch of Lomography films nonetheless for a relatively cheap price, they should be enough for me for the time being.
The photographs in this set were shot in two locations; Batu Ferringhi in Penang and Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) around Jalan P Ramlee (I think!). Batu Ferringhi is the night market, a street full of small street side shops selling all kind of cheap stuff from art to clothes to knockoff DVDs and watches. It’s loud, crowded and colourful, a street photographer’s heaven. Kuala Lumpur is no less colourful or crowded, it’s just more modern with lots of lights and neon signs.
The problem I faced in both locations (apart from the limited time I had) was that the lights were just too colourful! I had to rely on the camera’s auto white balance, which was not a very good idea with the 5D I have to say. I’m sure that most modern digital cameras can perform better in those conditions, but with mine I ended up with a strange mix to tones. I should have shot in RAW, but I forgot to take my big CF and had to live with no more than 4 GB of JPGs at a time. I tried my best to process the colours in Aperture to get the photos to match each others and just hope that nobody notices 🙂
I will soon upload another set from Malaysia, a bigger one and a bit different. You have to wait for it though… or flip to the next post if you are reading this in the future.
The 29th of April 2011 was a very special day in the UK, it of course was the day of the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton. London was the place to be on that day. We decided at the last minute to go to London to witness the event, and at the same time to celebrate my youngest daughter Aya’s 5th birthday which was on the same day 🙂
There are two things I noticed about London on that day. First, obviously, everybody was there, and I mean EVERYBODY! It was impossible to go anywhere near the path the wedding carriage was suppose to run through, unless you’ve taken your place at least since the night before. There were so many people there the rest of London was empty; Leicester Square, Oxford and Regent Streets, Covent Garden were all frighteningly deserted. It was really an odd experience to walk the streets of Central London in midday almost alone! We went to have frozen yogurt at Snog and we actually were the only ones in the shop… in a Friday afternoon! In this place you usually can hardly find a place to stand, we occupied two tables… and at the end the kids turned the middle bench into a catwalk… that’s how empty it were in there!
The second thing worth mentioning is that during the five and a half years I spent in the UK this is the first time I see so many Union Jacks up in the streets. In Kuwait (and many other nations) we are used to seeing our national flag all over the place, especially when there is a national occasion like the National Day, but in the UK you almost never see that sight. Sure you see the English flag more often during the World Cup, but that’s about it. This occasion on the other hand made British people proud of their country and their system again, and that’s always a good thing. People of all nationalities, races, backgrounds were happy and smiling, and so were us.
I was scanning through some old tapes and found thses shots which were taken in Camden, London last summer (2010). I found them quite interesting and put them together in this quick edit.
Shot with Canon HV20, edited in Final Cut Pro and graded with Magic Bullet Looks.