Slidefest XII - 29th January 2014

The twelfth edition of Slidefest organised by Gulf Photo Plus is on this Wednesday, 29th January at 7pm in 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, 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.

Here's this month's line up of photographers:

Jahanzeb Aamir

© Jahanzeb Aamir

Originally from Pakistan, Jahanzeb Aamir (aka JZ) has  been in Dubai for nine years working as a Graphic Artist. Arabic calligraphy was a childhood passion that he revisited in adulthood as his new love for photography took hold.

Experiments with light painting offered him the opportunity to combine calligraphy with photography, creating stunning light painted designs within nightscapes all over the city.  Modifying his own handheld LEDs and cathode ray tube lights, JZ practiced endlessly perfecting the craft.  The images he will present are straight out of the camera, with little to no post processing or image flipping.  

Karen Dias


© Karen Dias

Karen Dias began her photography career in Mumbai before moving to the United Arab Emirates to work as a Staff Photographer for the national daily Gulf News. After four years in the Middle East, she spent 14 months traveling overland through 10 countries in Asia from Turkey to UAE, India, Nepal, Hong Kong, China, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Myanmar exploring and working on personal photo projects.

Now based in Mumbai once again, Karen's recent Ladies Only photo series was featured in Al Jazeera.  Her story that focuses on the ladies only compartment of the Mumbai trains, containing hundreds of commuters sleeping, eating, chopping vegtables, praying, singing, studying, and even buying items from venders on the train.

Kate Lewis


© Kate Lewis

Originally from Australia, Kate Lewis has recently moved to Dubai and works with ITP as a photographer. Kate will be presenting a photo story titled "Life in the City of Death | Varanasi" exploring the holy city on the banks of the  Ganges river in Northern India.

Varanasi plays an important role in a number of religions including Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism. Some Hindus believe that dying in the city of Varanasi will bring the deceased eternal salvation. Recently exhibited in Australia, Kate will be presenting her perspective as she aimed to document the life, chaos, and colour of the city.

Madeleine Butcher 


© Madeleine Butcher

A British creative currently based in Dubai, Madeleine Butcher spent six years in the UK and New York working for agencies including McCann and Euro RSCG. Inspired by a mannequin head she discovered in Dragonmart, Madeleine began an Instagram account for "Drusilla Does Dubai", posting images of the curious silhouette in various locations throughout the city.  

In Madeleine's own words, "I can’t tell you what she means. A statement about the overly hygienic aesthetic of marketing Dubai, a  plea for attention, a bald, plastic embodiment of showboating ‘eccentricity’ to others, or a toy I like taking pictures of, but she’s a muse of sorts". 

(I featured Drusilla Does Dubai on this blog last September, you can read the post here.) 

Munsif Molu


© 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 most of his photo stories. Over the course of six months and covering 12 cities across India, Munsif documented street-style fashion, capturing the visual variety represented by both men and women on the streets of India. The story was created for a fashion magazine that aimed to document contemporary street trends in india today.

Paul Macleod


© Paul Macleod

Originally from Scotland, Paul Macleod has been living and working in Dubai as a professional photographer for a number of years. On a recent visit to India, Paul conceived a project that hopes to create positive social change by collecting  images taken in rural villages, and returning with postcards that locally based individuals can sell. The idea being that the postcards, and perhaps additional printed material, can initiate business start-ups generating employment and income. The project is ongoing.

Yiannis Galanopoulos


© Yiannis Galanopoulos

Yiannis Galanopoulos has been a practicing visual artist for the past eleven years. Working with both traditional and digital photo processes, his work has been exhibited in Europe, the US and in Japan. He has a BFA in Photography and Audio Visual Arts, a MA in Humanities, and a MFA in Visual Studies.

He is currently a faculty member at the UAEU. Yiannis' photographs isolate and celebrate vibrant color and beautiful geometric shapes that he finds in cityscapes. His minimalist compositions bring your attention to everyday objects you may have otherwise overlooked. 


Event details:

Date: Wednesday, 29th January at 7pm. 

Location: Knowledge Village Auditorium, Dubai (location map)

Free entry.