“The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see” – GK Chesterton
At the beginning there was nothing but dunes of pink sand undulating the horizon. Then man came and raised a shade to shield him from the scorching day. And the shade grew roots deep in the sand, getting burnt by the salty waters lurking beneath. From roots shoot up phallic symbols of human endurance. And bridges over quiet waters. This is the city that lures millions and traps a few in its flashy glamor and merciless struggle to fit.
The colors pour into the eyes, filling the corners and charming the day…but black and white brings in a depth of emotions and a mystery that compels the viewer to look beyond appearances.
“Visualization is the single most important factor in photography” – Ansel Adams
Byciclist crossing over the water canal, overviewing another bridge and skyscrappers bursting in the mist
Different people, different way to take a break
A little princess riding on her dad’s back, carefully choosing the perfect flavor
Pedestrian crossing over a busy road
Three couples of emiratis in their contrasting outfits
The balloon man
The clouds filtered the sunlight like a rain of rays
It as right there, popping out, and yet the errand boy ignored the signboard
What happens under the bridge is at times more attractive than walking over the bridge
Clouds created an atmosphere of mystery arounds the heads of the skyscrappers
The band was getting ready on the scene, tuning their instruments and playing with the lights
A perfect exit after a delicious coffee
Living fast in a busy city robs me of the pleasures of the soul. The dull days and nights pushed me to leave the car in the parking and explore on foot the neighborhood. Not little was my surprise to find spots bringing back memories of other places from other times.
The loneliness of this road snaking its way close to the sea shore sang in harmony with the solitude I crave at the end of an intense week. Hence why I feel this capture as my favorite of 2017.