Art collecting can be an expensive hobby. Yet a new initiative from Gulf Photo Plus is dispelling the myth that owning art is a luxury afforded only to those with bottomless (or at least bigger) pockets. Launched on Wednesday June 6, GPP Limited aims to promote photographers in the region and abroad by making their works available to the public at affordable rates. Since opening night, Gulf Photo Plus has sold 32 prints and has been contacted by 75 photographers interested in submitting their work.
The collection is also available to buy online at www.gulfphotoplus.com/limited
and is updated every couple of months. It features the works of photographers including renowned American portrait expert Gregory Heisler and Mumbai-based, Canadian-born photographer Martin Prihoda, as well as Dubai-based contributors such as Sara Naim. Prices start at Dhs375 for small prints (28cm x 35cm), rising to a slightly more pricey Dhs2,500 for a 60cm x 90cm print, of which there are only five editions available. Here, some of the photographers share the story behind their shots.Claire Rosen, 28, AmericanLocation of shot?
‘Lake Mont-Tremblant in Quebec, Canada.’Back story?
‘The image is part of a fashion swimwear shoot telling a nostalgic story of two girls and their day at the lake.’How did you set up this shot?
‘It was shot with natural light in the late afternoon. The camera is on a tripod in the water, focused softly with a shallow depth of field.’Any anecdotes?
‘I nearly dropped my camera in the lake.’What story does this photo tell?
‘I have my own version of the story in my head but, as with a lot of my work, I aim to create ambiguous characters and leave a bit of mystery.’