Women on Platform Lana Vshivkoff, 45, Australian How long have you been in Dubai? Three years. Camera? Canon EOS 5 and wide-angle 17-50mm lens. Where was the image taken? On the morning of our overnight train journey to Varanasi. I saw a woman wearing a red sari, but the train began pulling away, so I watched her disappear into the green of the trees. How did you get the effect? Extended exposure, a neutral-density filter and train movement contributed to the blur and motion in the image. The colours were slightly enhanced in post-production, although they remain true to life. What does the image represent? An opportunity to see what we take for granted in our everyday lives. Where in the world would you most like to shoot? Bhutan and Tibet.
Tales of Street Barbers Ivana Maglione (trip organiser), 38, Italian How long have you been in Dubai? Nine years. Camera? Nikon D3s. Where was the image taken? A busy back street in Agra. The blue interior drew me into the barber shop. My subject was waiting for his turn. How did you set up the composition? I broke one of the most basic rules and placed my main subject in the middle, but was careful to catch the reflection in the mirror of the barber at work. What does this image represent? The contrast of the grooming industry we are so accustomed to here in Dubai. Most memorable part of the trip? I’ve travelled across India many times, but what I still find amazing is that despite the hardship, the people are all willing to smile for the camera. What in the world would you most like to shoot? I’d love to visit Cuba and Mongolia, before McDonald’s gets there.
All Roads Leading to the Other Side Nihal Akmal, 28, Egyptian How long have you been in Dubai? 24 years. Camera? Nikon D40x. What does this image represent? Varanasi, the holy city of Hindus. This shot captures the daily ritual of Indians walking a holy path of prayer. How did you set up the shot? The sari of the lady walking in front of me caught my attention and I had my camera ready to shoot, looking through the lens at ground level. Any funny anecdotes? On this same street, we saw a cow walk into a textile shop and sit down inside. Everyone was happy because it is believed to be a sign of wealth and blessings to the business. What do you want to shoot next? I’ve thought about going around the world, city by city, to capture faces, revealing the similarities of features from one country to the next.
The Stare Habeeb Al-Aswad, 29, Saudi Arabian Where are you from? I live in Saudi. Camera? Canon 500D. Can you describe the shot for us? What I find alluring is how the girl’s expression makes her look so much older than she really is. Where was the image taken? In the back streets of Agra. There were kids gathering, chanting ‘Photo, photo!’ – all but one child. I waved at her, and she just stared through me. What does the image represent? I think it represents the loss of childhood. This is a child who has seen more of the harsh side of life than most of us adults, and it shows. Where do you want to shoot next? My first experience with shooting using an SLR was during my trip to Romania in 2009, where I followed the trails of Vlad Tepes. With all the skills I’ve picked up since, I’d like to go back and give it another try.