Encountering an unexpected global dance party
Today I was on a video shoot at the Dubai Knowledge Village campus. When I went to lunch, I walked into an international day celebration that one of the universities there was staging. There was food, traditional dress and, best of all, music from all over the region: Africa, Middle East, India, and Pakistan.
It occurred to me how unintimidating an iPhone camera is. If I had tried to use my pro video gear, I don’t think people would have played to the camera like some of them do in this video.
Photo taken from the outer ring of the palm, looking toward downtown Dubai. The haze is from the humidity in the air, which was nearly 80%.
Shot on GoPro Hero 3 camera/ edited in iPhoto
Technically more of a sweets shop than a coffee store, it nonetheless is kind of a fantasy place for coffee affectionados. They hand-infuse pistachios into their ice cream, sell sweets from all over the Arab region, and make coffee in the Arabic-style…similar to the Turkish brewing method. I bought some Syrian baklava and Moroccan cookies. Pretty much the entire first floor of this mall, which has access to the Burj Khalifa, is a series of gourmet shops.
Shot on iPhone 4S
This lady from Berlin graciously allowed me to photograph her ornate tattoo. She didn’t speak any English…und mein Deutsch ist nicht sehr gut…but her friends did. After they explained to her that I wanted to photograph her tattoo, she was very enthusiastic about posing for this picture. Afterwards, we all had a lengthy discussion about German food.
Shot on iPhone 4S. Edited in Photoshop CS6 and Magic Bullet Looks.
T.E. Lawrence said that he liked the desert “because it’s clean.”