The biggest benefit from living and working in Dubai is the opportunity we get to travel. The United Arab Emirates is pretty much smack in the center of most of the destinations that we like (and would like) to visit and we are trying to make the best of the time we have here by exploring and learning about various cultures and customs. During this Ramadan I have been focusing on some personal projects and I have come to the realisation that I need to take more portraits and focus more on character study when travelling. Below are some portraits that I have accumulated (over the last three years) and would like to share them with you.
I visited Waruna’s Antiques in Kandy and got introduced to Waruna (owner) and his mother. His mother and father started the business and it is now owned by their son. I found her to be incredibly elegant and interesting and she showed me her secret rooftop garden.
My uncle has a home in Elandsbay and Drieka, the lady in the white shirt is his housekeeper. She is also a singer and I discovered her singing talent while filming my short film Walvis: an old-wives tale from the West Coast in Elandsbay. In the image she is holding some of the music that we recorded and her husband also happened to be home at the time.
This photo was taken during one of our first Dubai exploration expeditions. With all the high-rises and glamour this city has to offer, this is a very real depiction of an experience in the city’s older, simpler, less glamorous part of town.
I took a moped to the Southern part of the Koh Samui Island where I strolled the streets and tasted some interesting fruit and vegetables in various small market stalls. As the evening crept up and stalls started closing, I took this image of what looked like the owner of the shop and the bookkeepers adding all the sales for the day.
This woman allowed me to take her photograph while she was waiting for her small boat to come into the harbor. Fishing on the West Coast is an unforgiving job, with little to no benefits. Women are resorting to jobs like these, as there are very few jobs in the rural areas. She has been a fisherman for most of her life.
Yowyn is a make-up artist in Pretoria, South Africa and this image was taken while she was working on some make-up looks for her portfolio. She was still a student at the time and is now working as a professional make-up artist in Pretoria.
I was about to leave the market when I saw this beautiful little girl as she was waiting for her mother to finish her shopping. I remember how bored I was when I had to wait around for my mother and I could relate to her.
It was a gloomy London day and I was walking over the bridge with our friends, on our way home, when I saw this man. He had such a gentle and kind face and the sound of the I took this image with my film camera.
Visiting Robben Island is a very emotional and very sad journey back in time and we had the privilege of meeting Mr. Ntando Mbatha, one of the ex-prisoners of the era in which Nelson Mandela was also imprisoned. In this image Mbatha introduced himself after which he shared some stories and history of the prison itself and life in the prison. He currently still resides on the island and is a tour guide to the prison (now a national museum).
Greenmarket Square is a well-known tourist attraction in the heart of Cape Town and you will find some great South African souvenirs. What I enjoy about Africa is that people don’t harass you to buy things. This lady was (almost hidden) amongst the souvenirs and I then realised after taking the photograph that she was praying.
Since Koh Samui is incredibly humid you find friendly “juice ladies” around every second corner selling fresh fruit juices with the additional alcoholic option (cocktails).
I was strolling the streets of Koh Tao when I came across a beautiful cat with two different color eyes. The owner of the cats came out of her shop and she said I could take this image with her and her two beautiful cats.
The poster on the church behind the men in the image was initially what drew my attention but then refocussed on the two men having a conversation. Street life in Cape town is relaxed and the people are friendly, admits all the political problems the country is currently facing.
The streets of Vance is bustling with life. This man asked the women to dance to some live Latino music being performed in from of the Catholic church. She said yes to dance with the stranger, without any hesitation.
The Muay Thai ritual before each fight requires each boxer and his opponent to do a ritualistic dance and rest his head and hands on each corner of the ring.
After the dance performed by the elaborately dressed Kandyan traditional dancers, we watched how they walk on fire.
On route to the Pilgrimage to the top of Sri-Pada (near Delhousie) we passed this tiny blue shop. I only realised after taking the image that a man was sitting inside.
This boy had a fight minutes before the next fighters entered the ring.
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