The Fire Station

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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.

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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.

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I found the work in progress as interesting as an installation in itself, a splash of color in the midst of a monochrome pallette.

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Some curvaceous furniture rounds off the show for now. Waiting with bated breath for the first round of residencies to end.

Streets of Goa

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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.

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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.

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I spent most of my time stalking the streets of Fontainhas seeking out images.

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The four days were spent shooting and reviewing selected images of the previous day’s shoot.

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You get a lot of insight into how a professional photographer’s selection process (called editing) works.

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In a way editing is probably the most important part of the work.

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Goa was colorful and the people were really friendly.

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They let us take pictures freely and sometimes they wanted us to take more pictures. Welcome break from Doha.

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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.

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The weather was muggy as summer just started. The schools will be off in a few weeks time.

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The Goan people are a mix of rural and cosmopolitan people.

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I would love to go back to Goa and continue shoot more pictures of the amazing Goan people.

A Friday in the souq

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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.

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The long corridors of the souq is all about linear patterns crowned with the islamic arch.

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The numerous bell hops in the Souq (its a licensed job) also pose freely for the tourists.

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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!

Picture of the day

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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.

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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.

Qatar Open 2015

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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.