Unless you live in the most remote depths of Abu Dhabi's empty quarter will you have failed to notice that a new Star Wars movie is upon us.
Tickets have been selling like hotcakes, with many marquee screenings sold out weeks in advance. On the shelves, BB-8, hailed as the new R2-D2, is set to be the Christmas present everybody wants, while the world still waits for real-life lightsabers to be released to the public. Star Wars: The Force Awakens genuinely is one of the most-anticipated releases in decades.
Using characters and hardware from the sci-fi series against our iconic skyline - as well as more mundane of urban sprawls - the photography exhibition, titled Dark Lens, was first revealed in 2009, at the Empty Quarter gallery in Dubai. It was the third in a series, with the artist having previously used his homeland of France.
Among the images is one featuring Darth Vader surveying a construction site, an army of droids behind Sheikh Zayed Road, the same characters taking a rest from the midday sun in a rundown part of town, CP30 in a scrapyard, giant space craft landed in the foundations of building site, and an even a military formation under the iconic DIFC arch.
Reflecting on the series, Elie Domit, who was the Empty Quarter's creative partner, said: 'The idea was not that we were into the Star Wars thing. Star Wars is more like the psyche of the pop culture that we grew up in, the sci-fi fantasy world. It’s a phenomenon that represents popular culture, and everyone interprets the symbolism in their own way.