(22 – 25 NOVEMBER 2017)
I had the opportunity to attend the International Photography Festival (XPOSURE) for the second time but this time I was able to attend part of the opening ceremony which was very interesting and also attend a 4 hour workshop on studio lighting by photographer Colin Hawkins.
The official opening ceremony started at 10:00 am and Canadian biologist and photographer Paul Nicklen spoke about his journey in Antarctica and how hard it was. His speech was called “Polar obsession” and he explained how he learnt survival skills which allowed him to work in hospitable world, then photographer Muhammed Muheisen (a two-time Pulitzer Prize winning photographer and the Chief Photographer for the Middle East, Afghanistan and Pakistan for the Associated Press) gave a speech about Anja Niedringhaus a German photojournalist who worked for the Associated Press. She passed away on April 4, 2014.
Unfortunately, I was unable to stay long because I had to attend my workshop at 11:00. However, I had the chance to look at the exhibited work.
One of the most fascinating work was of Multimedia artist Graham Fink who uses his eyes to create line contour images. Graham uses an eye tracking software to transform his gaze into a medium.
I also had the chance to see Zena Holloway, a diving instructor who is also a photographer carrying out her underwater photography at the exhibition as there was a big glass tank filled with water and Holloway was photographing an underwater fashion project. Unfortunately, I couldn’t upload the videos I took of her in the tank because I have to upgrade WordPress to do so, therefore I am adding an online link instead that shows Zena and the big tank behind her.
I am also uploading captures from my video instead to emphasize that I was there.
Here are some photos taken of some of the photographs exhibited at the festival.
Out of all the photographs I enjoyed the ones taken by photographer Abdel Rahman Gaber as it was very much related to the course I am taking and his portraits had stories behind them which I will mention here.
The Boy with the Big Heart by ©Abdel Rahman Gabr
The caption on the on the photograph says: “Abdelrahman has a heart condition, which slowed down his growth, but being as lively as he is, it will never stop him from getting out in the field and feeding his beloved animals”.
Nubian Artisans by ©Abdel Rahman Gabr
“She has taken on a role of helping around the house and starting her own mini-boutique of handmade Nubian Jewellery, and when she earns some money, she buys her mom grapes, which are her favourite fruit”.
Some other famous photographers that participated in the exhibition are: Alan Ranger, Clive Arrowsmith, Bob Martin, Jodi Cobb, Kathy Moran, Lorenzo Agius, and Timothy Allen.
For more information about the festival; please go to https://xposure.ae
Bibliography / References:
Xposure. International Photography Festival [online]. Xposure. Available from: https://xposure.ae [Accessed 25 November, 2017].