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Slidefest VIII - 3rd October 2012

© Richard Allenby-Pratt

The eighth edition of Slidefest organised by Gulf Photo Plus is back ths week, on Wednesday 8th October, in it's usual place, the Knowledge Village Auditorium

If you are new to Slidefest, it's an event organised by Gulf Photo Plus where photographers present their personal projects in a variety of genres that can range from documentary projects to fine art, still-life and landscape images. The event also aims to bring photographers (amateurs and pros) and people from the photography community together where people can network, connect and share stories.

The line up looks very good and includes photographers that I really admire and some very good friends, so trust me when I say don't miss this one. Here's the full line up: 


Catalin Marin
Catalin Marin, a Dubai based photographer and previously featured on this blog specialises in architectural and interior photography as well as corporate and environmental portraits. His blog, Momentary Awe won the 2011 best photoblog for Asia and Oceania at the Photoblog Awards.

Catalin also travels to amazing places and I'm always jealous of him when he shares photos from his trips. He's presented at Slidefest before and this time he will be sharing his photography from a recent trip to Madagascar. 

While spending two weeks in Madagascar, Catalin had the opportunity to board a traditional pirogue, a small, flat-bottomed boat, for three days, capturing a snapshot of the Malagasy life along the Tsiribihina River photographing interesting people, wild animals and amazing landscapes.  

© Catalin Marin


Clint McLean
Clint McLean, another Dubai based photographer who also presented at Slidefest before will share 'The Girl Who Married a Snake' series, a staged narrative of images taking its name from a fable native to India. The fables in the series are from the Middle East, North Africa South Asia (MENASA region) depicting brief moments from the fable staged in the country of the fables origin. This body of work is a collaboration between Clint, the locals acting out the scene and those helping him to source props, costumes and appropriate landscapes.  

I've seen some of this series before, and really love the idea of recreating fables from the region through photographs.   

© Clint McLean 


Deigo Lopez Calvin
Spanish photographer and filmmaker, Deigo Lopez Calvin will be joining Slidefest from abroad via a specially prepared video describing the workings of his Solography project. Beginning with a team in 1999, Deigo Lopez Calvin has been experimenting with pinhole cameras, setting up these film-less devices to capture the changes within a single landscape over extensive periods of time, a year or more.  The intriguing images trace the path of the sun creating unique patterns with in the sky, and unusual photographs you'll be intrigued to know more about.  

I am a big fan of pinhole photography and been dabbling with it myself lately, so will be great to see this body of work and hopefully learn a thing or two from it. 

© Diego Lopez Calvin

Hala Salhi

Hala Salhi, from Gulf Photo Plus will present her ongoing photo series 'Color of Dreams'. She's been working on this project for a number of years, where she's interviewed people from all walks of life, aiming to capture the light in their eyes as they speak about their hopes and dreams. 

© Hala Salhi

Heike Buelau 

In an attempting to capture The Essence of Architecture, New York based fine art photographer Heike Buelau climbs onto construction sites and city scapes in order to depict what she feels is the ultimate art form. Accessible to everyone, arcitectural design by nature must lend itself to the everyman, to the public that it is exposed to and used by. Rather than being intimidated by an illusive message or purpose, architecture can be understood kinetically, as it serves those who interact with it. Approaching her images with a minimalist sensibility, Heike Buelau hope to emphasize the beauty in raw materials.   

© Heike Buelau


Munsif Molu
Munsif Molu is a Canadian photographer, currently based out of the UAE. His fascination with people and their connections to society, traditions and history is what drives a lot of his photo stories. He will be presenting a series of photos from India at Slidefest. 

© Munsif Molu 


Richard Allenby-Pratt
Imagine it's 2017, and Dubai is a ghost town. Due tounforeseen circumstances, everyone has fled the country and the only city dwellers are those exotic creatures who once populated the zoos and animal centres throughout the UAE. Deserted landscapes play host to surprising characters in locally base photographer Richard Allenby-Pratt's award winning series titled Abandoned. 

I've heard Richard talk about this series before and I'm really glad he will present it to an audience based in Dubai. I'm very curious to see how the crowd reacts to this series. 

© Richard Allenby-Pratt 




Event details:
Date: Wednesday, 3rd October at 7pm 
Location: Knowledge Village Auditorium, Dubai (location map)
Free entry

Slidefest III

Photo by Clint McLean

Slidefest is back with its third edition on 3rd November. The second edition that happened in May had a fantastic turnout and great feedback, so I'm looking to seeing what the third edition has in store.

If you are new to Slidefest, it's an event oraganised by Gulf Photo Plus where photographers present their personal projects in a variety of genres that can range from documentary projects to fine art, still-life and landscape images. The event also aims to bring photographers (amateurs and pros) and people from the photography community together where people can network, connect, and share stories.

Event details:
Date: Wednesday, 3rd November at 7pm
Location: Knowledge Village Auditorium, Dubai (location map)
Free entry

Here's the line up for Slidefest III:

Ammar Al Attar
Ammar is an avid Emirati street and documentary photographer based in Sharjah. He will be sharing a series of images taken in and around the streets of Dubai and Sharjah. Ammar shoots with a Leica M6 film camera and will also be giving an insight on the process of shooting and developing film in the Emirates.

Amy Leang
Amy Leang is an American photojournalist currently working for The National. Amy will be presenting images from the Guru Hanuman Akhara Wrestling School which is a wonderful series of images of young wrestlers practicing the art of Kushti in India.

Left: Ammar Al Attar Right: Amy Leung

Aysha Al-Muhairi
Aysha is a program production manager at Dubai Media Inc. and when she is not producing programs, she is an avid photographer and she will be presenting a series of images that highlight the beauty of the ocean. 

Carol Dragon
Carol, a New York based photographer and instructor will be sharing a series of environmental portraits that she has been pursuing where she photographs people in their homes and workplaces because she's fascinated by the challenge of walking into a person’s space and making a portrait that expresses not what she presupposes but what she ends up discovering.

Clint McLean
Clint McLean, also from The National is sometimes photographer, sometimes photo editor and sometimes photography instructor and he will be presenting Saltworks where Clint examines the duality of salt in its humble everyday use with that of its visually compelling natural state.

Martin Prihoda
Martin Prihoda, a successful editorial and commercial photographer originally from Canada has been based in Mumbai since last year and has been doing some great personal and commercial work in India. It is his personal work that he will be sharing in particular two stories; one is a series of portraits of yoga and yogis in and around Rishikesh and Haridwar in Northern India.

Wouter Kingma
Wouter is a professional photographer based in Dubai specializing in sports, outdoor and adventure photography. He will be showcasing work from his Project Endurance series which is a compilation of images from some of the toughest adventure races on the planet and will also share video clips from the documentary.