As some of the world’s most renowned photographers prepare to visit the emirate for Gulf Photo Plus’s ‘Photo Friday’ on March 1, we present our guide to photographing the city
From tenacious photojournalists to arty experimentalists, next week some of the world’s best-known photographers will visit Dubai to host workshops, lead discussions and talk shop with local shooters. They’ll be in town for Gulf Photo Plus, an annual photo event that takes place this year from Friday March 1 to Friday March 8. To celebrate, we’ve rounded up some compelling of our emirate – some by previous visitors to the event, some by our very own photographers. Hopefully these photos will provide you all the inspiration you need to grab that dusty SLR off the shelf and start snapping – check out our list of the best places to photograph in the UAE, and essential tips to getting it right. Now get out there and shoot!
Photographer Katarina Premfors took this incredible image from a helicopter. ‘It was quite a dull and hazy day,’ she remembers. ‘To me the view always looks surreal from a helicopter and using a tilt shift helped convey this. I like the emptiness and flatness of Satwa in the foreground, which helped to create a sense of space.’
On his visit to Gulf Photo Plus last year, renowned photographer David Nightingale used the opportunity to capture his the fellow photographers trying to shoot the sunset in the desert.
Catalin Marin has been photographing Dubai’s skyline for two years, making friends with many of the cleaning crews along the way. When fog hit earlier this year, he asked a group to hang in a particular place to capture this shot. ‘My best advice is to explore the city: it’s easy to find locations if you take the time to look.’
Time Out photographer Verko Ignjatovic took this image from
the top of Emirates Towers, looking down on DIFC’s distinctive arch. ‘I do most of my work in the magical hour between 6pm and 7pm. When the sun’s going down but the lights of the buildings are coming on, it’s the best light you can get.’
This sunset image was captured earlier this year from the penthouse floor of the InterContinental in Festival City by Time Out photographer Efraim Evidor. ‘My children are my inspiration, to let them see the splendour and beauty of Dubai from my point of view. My favourite place to shoot is Sheikh Zayed Road, as it keeps changing every year with new buildings rising.’
Time Out photographer Isidora Bojovic took this picture after waiting for hours at Bur Dubai abra station. ‘I managed to capture the driver just as he finished his shift, looking completely exhausted.’
This was taken by Andy Teo from the 20th floor of a hotel on Sheikh Zayed Road. ‘I used a long exposure to get the trailing lights, then the post-processing was done entirely on an iPad using the Snapseed app.’