Road to the firestation, Doha, Qatar
The Fire Station (www.firestation.org.qa) is really the rebirth of the old firstation in Doha into an artist residence with a gallery. The Garage gallery, originally home to all the firetrucks of Qatar, just opened its first exhibition and it is never too late to pay a visit.
The rest of the residence is still under construction, but the general layout and style of the site promises another blockbuster in the making. The old building is built in a mix of art-deco style and the new buildings are a modern form of Bauhaus.
I found the work in progress as interesting as an installation in itself, a splash of color in the midst of a monochrome pallette.
Some curvaceous furniture rounds off the show for now. Waiting with bated breath for the first round of residencies to end.
A walk around the park. MIA park, that is! The one building you never tire looking at in Doha.
I had this wonderful opportunity of participating in GoaPhoto 2015, the inaugural event of the annual GoaPhoto show. I was one of 24 participants in the Magnum Photo workshops.
Richard Kalvar, Magnum Photos, was my mentor. He was very meticulous in editing our images and spent a lot of time on critique. It was a great experience having him review most of our images and selecting the best ones. I continued shooting even after the show was done and so I have featured more images than what I showed as my final sequence in the photo show.
I spent most of my time stalking the streets of Fontainhas seeking out images.
The four days were spent shooting and reviewing selected images of the previous day’s shoot.
You get a lot of insight into how a professional photographer’s selection process (called editing) works.
In a way editing is probably the most important part of the work.
Goa was colorful and the people were really friendly.
They let us take pictures freely and sometimes they wanted us to take more pictures. Welcome break from Doha.
The food was fantastic if spicy food is your kind of thing. The Goans do fix you up with good drinks. You’ll never go thirsty in this place.
The weather was muggy as summer just started. The schools will be off in a few weeks time.
The Goan people are a mix of rural and cosmopolitan people.
I would love to go back to Goa and continue shoot more pictures of the amazing Goan people.
The Souq Waqif in Doha can be a light and shadow show at the right time of the day. It has a rustic retro look that has been immaculately maintained by the government. It was even better a few years ago when the decision was made to let in some ‘current’ logos to be installed. Philips still maintains the old logo, a nice throwback touch.
The long corridors of the souq is all about linear patterns crowned with the islamic arch.
The numerous bell hops in the Souq (its a licensed job) also pose freely for the tourists.
Falcon trapping and hunting using them is almost a national pasttime for the Qataris. Falcons have their own passports and some of them cost upwards of a million quid!
Every year when winter arrives in Doha, I think I am going to shoot pictures of the beautiful sunrise and sunset every day.
Some days you could be wearing a beautiful weather balloon as a helmet!
I made a quick stop at the Museum of Islamic Arts Park, Doha this Saturday trying to bide some time. The weekly art market was in full flow and a glorious sunset was bathing the city in a beautiful light.
The museum never ceases to amaze, as an extraordinary building on the shores of the city. I M Pei will be long remembered for giving an icon to this city.
Interstellar travel is now so affordable!
The 2015 edition of the Qatar Open seems to show a few things to me. I believe this is a transition year for the next crop of players to start moving a gear up.