March 1, 2024


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Abu Dhabi: Meet the ‘Identity and My Community’ photography competition winners

Fatma Ali
A person of Fatma Ali’s profitable entries.
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20-seven pictures to talk with the entire world. Twenty-7 methods in which to demonstrate your identity, your neighborhood. Twenty-seven moments in time to showcase who you truly are – that’s what Manarat Al Saadiyat and Sole DXB’s analogue photography competition ‘Identity and My Community’ demanded.

Area newbie photographers ended up tasked with using photographs using a disposable 35mm black and white film digital camera to signify their id and local community.

Documentary photographers Janette Beckman and Jorge Peniche joined Get hold of Large exhibition curator Vikki Tobak in picking out 10 profitable photos.

The winners are: Raheed Allaf (Dubai) Fatma Ali (Ajman) Fatima Almaazmi (Ajman) Zeashan Ashraf (Dubai) Mark Issa (Abu Dhabi) Ron John (Sharjah) Akmaral Matkaliyeva (Abu Dhabi) Salem Alsuwaidi (Abu Dhabi) Aiham Al Subaihi (Abu Dhabi).

Gulf News caught up with two of the winners – Aiham Al Subaihi and Fatma Ali – to question about their winning entries, working with analogue in a digital age an what this acquire actually suggests to them. These are excerpts from the interviews.

Aiham Al Subaihi is an Emirati filmmaker centered in Abu Dhabi.

Aiham Al Subaihi
Aiham Al Subaihi’s winning image
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What was the assumed behind your winning photo?

My thoughts ended up to variety of split the amount of money of pictures I experienced – that is 27 in the camera – into three themes. The first would be genuine folks, so this would be me halting persons in the center of the highway or the center of their job and getting pics of them. The next topic, which is what this photo fell on, is I took my nephews and nieces and I asked them to use classic garments but as effectively as categorical them selves as modern teenagers. We shot it [the photo] listed here, in which I stay, in Munera seaside, that is why you can see Etihad Arena in the back as effectively as the new lodge at the end of the pier. And I just wanted to get the ideal picture of this spot with these little ones who want to convey them selves as Neo-Bedouins, or Fashionable Bedoins. The third segment was to recreate folks how I see them. For illustration, I have an Emirati friend who owns four dogs and has a daughter, so I bought him in his neighbourhood walking his canines just to reflect on what kind of attribute I see this human being has.

What drew you to this level of competition?

Actually what attracts me to this competitors is the fact that I was not in a position to edit it due to the fact I’m not a experienced photographer so I acquire photos and then I rework them to make them a thing much better. I like the truth that it was a quite raw working experience in the sense that what I photographed was what I have – this is what produced me take up the competitors as a filmmaker and not as a photographer.

It was a learning knowledge – some photos have been really dim. I have not utilized analogue for a couple of a long time. It was fascinating that I experienced to wait for a period of time to get the images that I have. And I have to be genuine – a ton of the pics arrived out just black for the reason that I had messed up with the lights and aperture.

Last but not least, what does this acquire mean to you?

This get branches out a diverse group of individuals that I can reach out to as an artist and remaining a element of Call HIGH… it’s an absolute honour to be recognised, for the artwork to be recognised even with judges throughout the world.

Fatma Ali is a 24-year-old junior architect with a penchant for photography.

Fatma Ali
Just one of Fatma Ali’s successful photographs.
Graphic Credit history: Supplied

What impressed your profitable shots?

I wished to display how we see the earth and ourselves by these shots.

How did you go about environment up the photographs.

To link my photos and artworks to my id and culture, my home is the solution to this established-up. It demonstrates the set-up which people today – and I – regarded private. The people today that are in the photographs are my family. [The pictures also show] the customs, the dresses and environmental behavior in typical.

What was taking pictures in analogue like?

Even though I like both [digital and analogue photography], this was my to start with time striving analogue pics and of class there’s a enormous big difference concerning the two digital and analogue, like how you seize the photographs. In the analogue digicam, the movie is the most sensitive portion. It demands additional hard work than digital images, which is also viewed as serious and true and organic. Analogue was enjoyable – the strategy of waiting for something would make it extra fascinating. I was thrilled to wait and see the outcomes of the photos that I had taken.

What does this win necessarily mean to you?

Presently, to make a optimistic affect in a electronic period, visible call is important. So a lot of types of visible written content are available – I imagine it’s vital to find out what type of digital content material can make the most effects in our culture. I take into account myself a visible learner – I imagine my photography is regarded as optimistic impact to the electronic earth – they [viewers] get to discover about our modern society, our cultural impression, which I decided to demonstrate. By profitable I imagine that I have exceeded the portion of translating my photography…people are last but not least knowing me.

Never overlook it!

The winning photographs of the ‘Identity and My Community’ competition are on exhibit at Manarat Al Saadiyat in Abu Dhabi and can be viewed everyday from 10am – 8pm. Tickets are Dh30.