It was great to have a racing bib attached to my shirt again. Last year I photographed the inaugural Desert Stinker race, an awesome race formula, organized by our good friends at Urban Ultra. During the shoot, I remember asking myself why I was on the wrong side of the camera. I should have been running!
So this year I did. 20k at night through the desert on a designated race route. It was fabulous… so invigorating! The darkness, the outdoors, the bouncing head torches, nearly being knocked over by three… Read the full post >>
I just had to share the below two ad’s. It certainly isn’t some sort of top two list but something I recently came across in Wallpaper and New York Style mag. What I love about them is the way they share their message. Both hotel brands and both found a unique way of reaching out to their audience.
Hotel brands typically use an image of their grandest room or the buildings exterior. You wonder how that can really resonate or connect with the reader. The have a bed, tick, a side table, tick, a huge bouquet of flowers, tick… they may be perfectly photographed but they also seem so obvious. In my opinion, if you book into a luxury hotel, a giant bed to trampoline on with crisp bed linen and soft, fluffy towels should come as standard so why… Read the full post >>
A new year is just around the corner so let’s think about this for a moment. Whilst some see this time as a chance to party, others see it as an empty sheet of paper… a twelve-month opportunity to create magic, an opportunity to write down the things you’d love to do, a combo of pro-active thinking and trusting that stepping into the unknown will work out in your favor.
The other day I was sitting in the car and it just struck me… if I could just summarise my full list into something short & sweet, what would it be. It’s good to reach for the stars, to constantly create ideas but it’s also about striking a balance between realistic deliverables and… Read the full post >>
What an awesome night! Sixteen mad drivers drifting, shifting, burning rubber and revving their engines like you wouldn’t believe. Yes the Red Bull Car Park Drift Finals hit Dubai with a vengeance!
Working for Red Bull is great fun and they always get the mix just right. The scene looked awesome with lots of energy, music and liquids to give you wings. They’re very strong on their brand marketing generic viagra online canada and the ever-enthusiastic crew are always a joy to work with. Every image tends to have one big logo, occasionally two which… Read the full post >>
It’s always fascinating to see where new business comes from. Matt, a client who I did a lot of work with at the Abu Dhabi Tourism office, recently moved to the UK to work for a sports marketing agency. I’ve since gained the title of the desert photography expert at the office, which resulted in the epic opportunity to shoot golf legends Luke Donald and Martin Kaymer in the world’s largest dunes. (worth a read).
Matt rang me recently to ask if I was keen to do some destination work with Lewis Hamilton and Blackberry in the desert. ‘Hell yeah‘ was my reply, not because he’s a celebrity but just because he’s a very cool guy! I worked with him briefly two years ago on a shoot for McLaren and despite his status, he remains refreshingly down to earth….
With the hot and steamy summer now behind us, we’re all back to enjoying the magical outdoors again. As many know, I’m a big fan of getting outdoors and exploring new places. My personal project ‘Exploring Old Dubai’ was a prime example of venturing somewhere new, even when it was right here on our doorstep.
The Nike Running Club has changed their formula this season whereby, every month, they plan to gather a crowd and take them to new running locations. Last weekend, they kicked off from Downtown’s Vida Hotel and ran a route around the Burj Khalifa. 21st century city slicker running at its best! The previous month they took on the energy of… Read the full post >>
I must say I felt pretty privileged to be the first photographer to shoot the new Ferrari Berlinetta F12 on a racing track. It’s the most powerful machine they’ve ever built and with 740 bhp, she really is a high performance beauty as well as being stunning to boot.
Together with the FF and California, we got to have a go at the Yas Grand Prix circuit in Abu Dhabi. As most of you know, I love getting up close to the action and my preferred way to shoot a car is from a car, that is lying in the trunk of a lead car with the subject nice and close behind. At modest speed, it’s all about hand signaling brand viagra canada their position back and forth… back, forward, right, left. Working with pro Ferrari Read the full post >>
I recently found myself immersed with a group of fellow photography enthusiasts, comprising a really nice mix of hobbyists, amateurs, semi pros, full time pros and a few that currently sit on the ‘shall I just take the plunge’ fence as well as some who’ve recently taken the plunge.
They were all invited by Canon Middle East to hear ‘The Path to Art on the Move’ story, my personal journey of what it takes to put on a solo exhibition and at the same time share my experience as a Canon EOS 1D X user. As you might recall, I did a 1DX review about Read the full post >>
Why do Maserati shoots always turn out to be sandier than hoped? We recently went out to shoot some local imagery for a number of regional car publications. The focus was very viagra jelly uk much on beauty driving shots in the UAE with a diverse mix of backdrops.
You may remember my last Maserati shoot, when we found ourselves in the midst of a giant sandstorm near Bab Al Shams? Well, this time we were out towards the East Coast when we got hit with a total overdose of low flying sand. In all honesty though, it made the shot. We live in a desert after all so why ever not?
For three weeks, I’ve been wondering around with this plastic white teddy bear thinking what on earth to do with it. Now I know!
It’s funny how life sometimes turns out. I found myself with my buddy Chris, wondering around the opening night of the art district at Dubai International Finance Centre. We enjoyed a good vibe, a nice crowd, some awesome galleries and within, some truly stunning art. We popped into XVA Gallery to say hello to Mona, the gallery owner. I purchased a piece from her for our log-cabin studio a few months back and it was good to catch up. Chris also wanted to go to XVA to see the work by Read the full post >>
There’s something seriously magical about being self-employed and working in a region where business dips over the summer. Again this year, we managed to take a well-deserved long break in Europe, a perfect escape from the crazy summer temps. It’s a bit of a bold move to leave town for seven weeks and doesn’t go without a few sharp remarks but it’s so worth it. One of the key drivers for becoming a creative was the lifestyle opportunities that run alongside it. It’s as much about insane hard work as it is the freedom to evaporate every so often!
For me, my annual mini sabbaticals recharge the batteries. They give me time to soak in new ideas, get inspired by new surroundings, get my fix of nature! It’s time to zen-out or zen-in, depending on how your look at it, to sit under a tree and watch the clouds without the worry of pressing deadlines, to find peace in my head and spend quality time with
dear family and friends. Oh and to bombard our two little boys with a Read the full post >>
Last week we launched Art on the Move, a regional premier, kicked off by an amazing photo exhibition to celebrate our brand new webstore, ArtOnTheMove.me. In a nutshell, what makes Art On The Move so unique? Many would say the strong photographic content and yes we agree, that’s a solid start. On top of that, each frame comes with its own individual story. The idea is to turn the print into a conversation piece between me and you, you and the artwork, you and your friends, you and the virtual world … so each purchase is accompanied by my personal photo tales from the field. And did we mention that each print is handcrafted in our studio, produced to order and printed on premium Canson paper using the top notch Canon iPF 8400 large format printer?
It’s been an awesome and eye opening experience to see it all come to life. Of course, we experienced the build up but seeing the actual exhibition in full glory with our very own eyes takes it to a higher dimension and I’m truly proud! It’s good to press pause at Read the full post >>
A week from now it’s all going to happen. Our big launch evening at Gallery Create! in Al Quoz – Dubai. BOOK IT in your dairy … 7PM, Monday 16th September. The exhibition also coincides with the launch of our cool webshop ‘Art on the Move’, with signature photo prints in varied forms and sizes. As always we’re running at full steam to make it look amazing.
Click HERE for exhibition info, a sneak preview, location map and live news feeds as we move forward.
A big thanks for a amazing line up of viagra on line sponsors for making the exhibition happen in full glory. With their support everyone will be well entertained and hosted. Read the full post >>
I’m so happy to announce that our viagra low price first private label ebook ‘Real Men Don’t Shave’ is now available on iBookstore. After the resounding success of the Footsteps of Thesiger expedition, I’d been wanting to record my own experience about the photography side of the expedition. It’s at times been a bit manic but in between all other ongoing projects and the day-to-day shooting gigs, we’ve found the time to pull it off. Many thanks to Tori Leckie for putting the fab words together … we’ve spent hours talking about the expedition, going back and forth on scripts to really capture the unique encounters of this epic journey.
What prompted me to write an ebook? In short … it was such a fantastic gig to work on. Truly amazing! I’ve been living and working in the Middle East for over a decade but rarely had so many warm and personal encounters with both Omani’s and Emirati’s. Their hospitality was limitless and unconditional which made working on the expedition a truly memorable experience. What’s more, it would have been Read the full post >>
Sometimes you’ve just got to create your own creative heaven. So we did, in a spare 10m2 in our place. Transforming a boring white-walled, beige-tiled, concrete and soulless square into something with a heartbeat … a creative space with the feel of a mountain lodge or a lakeside log cabin. Think lots of real wood, cool artwork and vintage props …
And the best thing is, we built it ourselves. An email went out to a handful of friends with a picture of a stunning cabin in the US and the line “When’s the next time you’ll have the chance to build a mountain lodge?” And it worked. Two Saturdays later and we completed the job by putting the corrugated roofing in. The build was an interesting experience. Ever heard of the phrase, too many chiefs Read the full post >>
A big reason to escape for a long hiatus over the summer is to return a more creative person. At least, that tends to have been a side effect over the years and for sure, the line between what I’d define as work and what as personal, becomes ever more faint.
When I look back at previous summer sabbaticals La Douce France & Journeys of Joy, the main reason why I take them is because I can feel stuck otherwise … constantly drawn into the ongoing demands of running a business. There are other reasons, but that’s definitely the big reason and when I’m ‘out of office’, I have more freedom to Read the full post >>
We’re super excited to be planning our first solo photography exhibition this September. The exhibition will run for two weeks from the Monday 16th of September till 30th September. On the 16th, we’re hosting a special launch evening for all who wish to join.
And now for the BIG shout out … we’re seeking a sponsor to help us fund the expo. To make it awesome, it takes time, resources, budget and a great deal of effort so we’d love it if you could help. Would your company be interested in this Read the full post >>
We’ve recently had to brush up on our Italian whilst doing some work for a new client, luxury brand Maserati. When it comes to working with new clients, there’s always a bit of testing the waters to see where my style meets their brand direction. Although they left our brief pretty open, I still tend to spend time studying their brand look and feel.
Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t really on our side, as we had to sit out an uninvited sand storm. But this happens, even with our idyllic blue skies and near 365 days of sunshine and you just need to make the most of what you’ve got. Besides, it meant hanging out at the idyllic Bab Al Shams so we could hardly Read the full post >>
Nike is a brand with a true passion for sport and over the years, we’ve build a strong collection of Nike Arabia running images. They’ve been very active promoting running in Dubai, building the Nike Running Club and breaking sweat several times a week with a great crowd.
With the shift of Nike’s new brand direction towards ‘free your run’, we’ve worked closely with them to produce a fresh set of imagery; very urban, very off the beaten track, very together. As you can imagine, it’s been a long trail just to get to these few shots, what with shoot recce’s, detailed briefs and production logistics but it’s so worth it and such a great Read the full post >>
I set off on my Old Dubai trip for many reasons, which you can read in my Foot journey of Old Dubai post. Much of my journey has also been shared in my Old Dubai Exploration post. One topic I left wide open was the role of photography. I wanted to walk the street with an open agenda, no shooting list attached. As I mentioned before, the exploration would have been successful even had I returned without images. At the same time, it felt really odd to leave a camera behind, both personally and commercially.
So it was yes to a camera and the big question that followed was what to bring? The options available; iPhone, Canon 35mm, gimmicky Polaroid camera, Hasselblad or even something new to me like a digital Leica or Fuji. The iPhone would have been an easy choice. It’s easy to carry but then it holds little commercial value for stock or prints. Canon would bring me back to a normal way of shooting volume, basically rattling through my journey through a viewfinder. Leica and Fuji Read the full post >>
The Abu Dhabi Triathlon was once again packed full with some of the world’s strongest athletes. I’ve been shooting this race since the inaugural event in 2009. It’s always fun, full of energy and fairly unique in that some seriously big names rub shoulders with hundreds of local weekend warriors.
In a little over eight hours, I shot more than 7,000 frames, a handful of which have gone to press. My strongest images, I’ve crafted into something different this time … an inspiring piece of art. Here’s a taster of what our new Read the full post >>
Now that the embargo has finally been lifted, I was keen to share this image. It’s so unusual after all to get soaked through in Abu Dhabi … first clouds and then the rain! Here we are with Abu Dhabi brand ambassador and upcoming golf legend Matteo Manasero, building a commercial portfolio of imagery with a view to portraying the city as a sun seekers idea of complete luxury.
Luxurious it was, but hardly the norm in this part of the world to see this weather. An extra dose of luxury came from Ralph Lauren as they provided their latest wardrobe for the shoot … a cool mix of casuals and formals.
We had a jam packed itinerary with some stunning locations like the Helipad on the new Capital Hyatt Hotel, Jumeirah’s observation deck, the St Regis resort and golf course, the Abu Dhabi Golf Course and at dusk, the Shangri-La for sundowners. In all honestly Read the full post >>
I found a gap during a three-day Ferrari gig to browse the Yas Hotel library. When it comes to hotels, there’s one side of the scale that serves lousy coffee and caters to the masses, determined to pile their buffet plates sky high and wolfing it down accompanied by crap music and useless tabloid media (you can tell I just checked out of one…)
And then there’s the other side, the side where the Yas Viceroy sits. Hovering over the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix circuit, the iconic Yas Viceroy embodies 5 star luxury with class, sophistication and a great selection of books in their Read the full post >>
This post I hope will plant a seed in other businesses in the Middle East and encourage further participation. In July last year, we signed up to 1% for the Planet with the idea of giving some of our revenue back to support causes dedicated to preserving the natural environment. It’s a brilliant initiative and one close to my heart. It’s nature after all, that I rely on for creativity, reflection, calmness and fresh, crisp air. In fact, most of my creative time is spent in the mountains as I’ve blogged about in the past in my posts never enough mountain days and mountains & mindmaps.
Wadi Wurayah became the UAE’s first mountain protected area in 2009. Since then, great conservation work has been done in protecting the area’s rich ecosystems. The wadi’s fragile and unique ecosystem is one of the few Read the full post >>
“Daddy, can I be a Formula One driver?” will be a question one of my little boys is going to ask sooner or later. I don’t wanna kill your dreams boy, but the reality if that you’re about double the height of an average F1 driver. It’s like being a jockey. You’ve gotta be tiny and lean to enjoy horsepower at its maximum. My boys would be better preparing themselves for a lifetime of being asked whether they’re basketball players instead …
Saying that, if you can find something you love doing and work out how to make money doing it, you’ve arrived. Perhaps buy your own F1 team and race the world best Grand Prix circuits? Or join the elite class of Ferrari Corse Clienti, where ex F1 cars are transformed into customer driving experiences. Of course, I’d be happy to come and take pictures of you flying around the track, similar to what Ferrari kept me Read the full post >>
Walking the streets of Old Dubai was my core objective … a few of days of culture, exploration, reflection and probably a bit of soul searching. My outline Foot Journey of old Dubai post explains the full reason behind my decision to take time off in a city I’ve already been living in for eleven years. In a nutshell, I wanted to experience Old Dubai, especially the historical parts, in the same way a five year old kid might do … eyes wide open, eager to absorb the energy of real street life. And so I did, for three magical days.
I booked myself into the Barjeel Guest House in the Shindagha Heritage area, located bang on the creek. It’s a newly built guesthouse that follows the traditional lodging style, and as it turned out a great place with a cool atmosphere and the perfect positioning in the heart of the anticipated action. Breakfast was served on the rooftop overlooking the creek promenade and it was a joy to experience a city come alive in the early morning hours … people from all walks of life taking early Read the full post >>
“Love to run, run and run.” Cath is one of the unsung heroes when it comes to ultra distance running. She’s run over a dozen 100 milers in different parts of the world and this summer, she’s gearing up for a second bash at a sub-30 hours Badwater, one of the worlds toughest foot races entailing 135 miles out in the brutal heat of Death Valley. Hats off to her!
How did we get together? I’ve known Cath for a few years. I shot her a couple of times during the Abu Dhabi Adventure Challenge and we’ve been talking on and off for a while about doing some personal work, both photography and video. As for what got the ball rolling was her idea to Read the full post >>
My life is centered round new Dubai, with its luxurious and fashionable expat family lifestyle. I’m certainly very content here … there isn’t a single reason not to be … but I’d love to explore my world like a 5 year old would experience a new city, absorbing the energy, soaking up the vibes, eyes wide open.
I’ve been in Dubai nearly eleven years and would love to take on the old parts of town I call home. Yes I’ve been there on occasions, but normally on the fly, running behind my camera, completing the creek half marathon or with family on a wild tourist dash. I’ve never experienced the old town at the pace it used to have Read the full post >>
“Who sold that idea?” These were the final words of Ian Haworth on day two of the Dubai Lynx Awards. There holds so much meaning in these four short words and they remain circling in my mind.
One such meaning is the generation of ideas … creating and crafting them. Whether based on a brief or a non-brief, aka personal work, strong ideas create movement and movement is what we like to see. Our team is getting more and more involved in the creative process. Planting seeds and nurturing shoots. Mood boards, sketches, brand sheets … it’s an interesting industry and we love having our brains Read the full post >>
After a chilled sleep at the trendy W hotel in Doha, I made a point of getting up early to be first in the breakfast room at 6am. Walking through the lobby I eyed a book on display, perfect for a browse over breakfast and it turns out, some real inspiration thanks to the work United Design has done around the world.
The stunning layout aside, I thought it a really nice summary, portraying 15 years of achievements. I loved the simply concept of thinking in reverse, Read the full post >>
“Life is crazy short so my motto is simple. Pursue your passions, follow your dreams and embrace all that this life has to offer. This blog exists to tell the tales of my life as a creative producer, visual artist and intrepid adventurer dedicated to living by this motto. I hope it sticks. Cheers Wouter.”