I’m on my way home from Dubai tonight where I spent the last couple of days with the talented crew of photographers teaching at the Gulf Photo Plus FotoWeekend, including David Nightingale, Bobbi Lane and Bert Stephani, together with Dubai-based commercial photographers Issa Alkindy and Catalin Marin. It’s a great time of year to be in Dubai – the fierce heat of the summer has passed, and standing on the open-air terrace of the Siddharta Lounge with a drink in hand on Saturday evening surrounded by some of the stunning buildings which make Dubai so special, sparkling and glowing against the warm Arabian night sky, I was wowed by Dubai all over again. Dubai is not to everyone’s taste: ostentatious, showy, superficial and shallow are all words I hear people use about this city; but love it or hate it it is undeniably spectacular, never more so than at night.
Yesterday, Bert, Catalin and I spent a very pleasant few hours wandering around the Deira area of the city. We spent more time talking, eating delicious shawarma and drinking coffee than we did making photographs – however, we had a great afternoon, one that I will remember for a long time.