… shows off new henna art.. this city is mostly high rise new wealth, yet I will be showing you the local traditional side as well.
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..headed by Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Minister of Finance of Dubai.This delegation was on hand for the opening of Dubai International Horse Fair where I happen to have some prints on the wall. A fascinating new world for me here in the Emirates.
Families and friends gather for food, dancing, and fire jumping which takes away the bad spirits and allows good spirits to come in. Iranian people and culture have played a large role in Dubai since it’s earliest history migrating to Dubai since the 1920′s when Dubai was but a small port and fishing village. The general multiplicity of traditions here in Dubai make it a fascinating hub of business and culture IMO.
Birthday party at newly built private home. Super lively social scene has me shooting around the clock. Tradition and modern flow with the go.
Where hot bikes and cars are on full display.
High rise hang.
Saturday night fever.
Getting late getting good.
Late afternoon beach soccer. I am starting a whole new project on Beach Games to be shot in various locations. Yup good excuse to be the beach bum that I really am.
Photographer and lighting expert Bobbi Lane becomes my subject at an instructor pool party as part of our Gulf Photo Plus workshop team. Dubai will be my subject for the the next month. Redheads rock!
By the way, this was also a test for the new Fuji X100S….seems good..files unreal
10 year old Laith just won a violin competition. Proud family surrounds.
I pretty much never leave home when I am home. From world traveler to stay at home recluse shut in is pretty much the way it is. Well I do have a lot of company. Mostly locals. Locals who do not come to see me because they want a portfolio review. Just my friends here who I just like.
Our family knew Amanda, above, before she married Scooter, who is absent from this picture because he is Scooter. On time? Are you joking? Never. Just because he has a new baby girl, Edith, does not mean he has been re wired. Amanda says goodbye to me in this photo. On her way home. Scooter went home without telling her. Hmmmm, bad boy. He did not mean to make a mistake, but of course he made a mistake. I love watching this stuff from a distance… :)
Scooter I have known since he was a kid in Richmond, Virginia. Grew up with Bryan, surfed around the world with Bryan, and they have been buddies ever since. Scooter shapes surf boards, can build any damn thing, and sails the Bahamas when he is in the mood. He has never had a “job” but has never been without a job of one kind or another. The boy is multi talented. He will be a great dad. 100%. Amanda might wish her surfer boy would be more on time, but alas well you know.
Scooter met Amanda at my son Erin’s wedding, so they have been together for I guess 10 years. My guess is that they will be together forever. Both scratching their head about the other, both a perfect match.
Little Edith proves it.
Letter from the Editor photo by Frank Overton Brown III
Earl Grey often sits atop the hood of my truck in cool weather. Engine heat gives him a warm spot, and he has the upper perch to rule the property. He hates to come into the house and has, as you can see, a warm winter coat that often allows him to sleep comfortably even in the path of a cold wind from the north. Go figure. He could come in and sleep by the fire if he wanted. It was wood for the fire I was about to gather when my good neighbor Frank, keeper of my cats when I travel, snapped this casually with his phone.
I have been here at home now for a whole month. The longest stretch of time at home for over a year. 2012 brought a lot of excitement, rich rewards, and a whole lot of time on the road. So to just hang out and chill a bit was the vacation of a lifetime. Yet vacation is about to be over as I prepare to leave for Dubai. Never been. So this will be a whole new experience for me in a part of the world I have never visited nor worked.
If you happen to be in Dubai or in the area, please come to see my show opening on February 28th at Gulf Photo Plus Gallery and/or join me for a workshop at GPP 2013. I will stay in Dubai for the entire month of March to do these events and then simply shoot freestyle. To see what comes of it. All of it happening during Art Dubai and the International Horse Fair, which are also of special interest to me.
Before I leave for Dubai, I will meet with most of the Burn team in New York this week. Eva-Maria Kunz and Diego Orlando fly in from Italy, Kaya Berne buses it up from Charlottesville, and Candy Pilar Godoy comes by subway from Manhattan to my loft in Brooklyn. We have a book publishing workshop to do along with the Burn meeting, so a very nice blend indeed. We all work 95% by remote control, by Skype, by text, by email, so it will be nice for a bit of persona a persona.
Among other things we will be discussing how to manage BurnDiary, the building of a BurnStore, and how we will move forward with BurnBooks. We will also be discussing how to best manage the 2013 Emerging Photographer Fund grant we give every year through the Magnum Foundation.
One key discussion will be exactly how much time I devote to Burn, how much to teaching, and how much to creating my own new work. So while I have lots of energy to do it all, I don’t want to spill any wine on the ground. The super crew listed above helps me get it all done.
Thanks to support from this audience, we rocked it in 2012. We especially thank those who supported the EPF through tax exempt contributions to the Magnum Foundation and for those of you who contributed to Burn directly. Because of your support we can carry on at all to show as wide a variety as possible the work of photographers you may not know. Because of your support, our limited edition books have been distributed through BurnBooks right here on this site.
Anton Kusters “Yakuza”, “Burn.01″, “Burn.02″, and my own “(based on a true story)” all made available through our own little distro center here. With our success with these books, we are exploring publishing the works of both iconic photographers and emerging alike. Nothing happens until it happens, but this most likely will happen.
For sure we will stay small, boutique, specializing in limited editions. Building books of superior technical quality, sparing no expense in quality printing and binding, and making these books available at the lowest possible cost for the quality built in.
Our appeal for the photographer is of course that the photographer gets exactly the book they want. No compromises. If we like a book, we will do it. Our track record speaks for itself. All of our books have increased in value to collectors from the original price. We want our books to be investments for those who purchase should they see it that way.
As a consumer, I buy books that I think have an intrinsic value as objects of art. Not simply collections of pictures. I do not think I am alone in this quest at a time when the plethora of images becomes daunting, and discerning buyers want something super special in print. So we will build books that fit this niche market.
In some cases, we may partner with long established publishers for a wider distribution, and we already have our books in specialty book stores. Again, we do not want to be big, just good.
BurnDiary, a concept for uploading some of your work on Burn on a daily basis is coming. We just have to decide this week how to best make this happen in a way that makes sense. No, we will not become a photo sharing site. Yet I do think our readers are interested in showing their daily single photographs, so we will give it a try.
BurnStore is simply a logical thing to have. Everybody asks us all the time why we don’t have one. Again, this store will include things we build and perhaps others that you build. All items reflecting the quality we want inherent in the goods we market already which at the moment are only books and workshops. Both things that will hopefully last a lifetime.
Burn was started with audience participation as its mantra. So we welcome ideas and suggestions as always. One thing I have learned is that there is no shortage of good ideas, yet good ideas that can be practically implemented is something else. Every idea takes another person or two to make it happen. I work for free, but the young people around me need jobs. So any support you give to Burn helps them, helps you to have a potential platform for your work etc etc.
By the way, I hope you have taken a look at our new Archive in the right hand column. Eva and Haik worked very hard to make this happen. Eva had to go back through every single essay and prepare for this. Days and days of work. Haik made it happen technically. A quick skim through this archive gives you a real sense of what we do here. It is also very easy to search.
Ok, I leave my front porch. Goodbye to cats. To beach, to bike rides. Off to New York, and Dubai and well maybe a stop in Europe on the way home.
Many of us have met in person, I hope to meet more of you. My favorite thing is discovering new work, new photographers. So please show me. I am ready when you are.
This vacation house is to be moved to higher ground on Tuesday. As you can see from the waves in the background, the wind is whipping offshore pushing out even this morning high tide…I now have a short NatGeo assignment to document this house move in Rodanthe for a story upcoming on rising sea levels..If this wind clocks around and comes onshore, then there may be no house to move since it is already sitting low on a truck bed now buried in the sand. Nature’s way, man’s folly. Stay tuned.
I now have a two day shoot for NatGeo on a story about rising sea levels. My assignment in Rodanthe NC is very specifically to shoot a house being moved off the fast eroding beach and down the road to higher ground. I will do this in the next few days. Yet here just down the way lays princess Barbie tucked comfy in the pine needles. She is from the childhood Barbie doll collection of Denise Halminski, local resident, who had 4 feet of water rushing around her house during hurricane Sandy. Barbie is lying now exactly as Sandy left her. Small details often tell bigger stories.
I rarely shoot a straight up portrait like this. However, this time it just seemed right. Not as an iconic image, and not my style, but simply as an appreciation for this exquisite face. I made many photographs of the rather shy Dasha , from the Ukraine, shooting pool, playing with her friends on the beach etc., yet for some reason this straight up shot in broad daylight on the Avalon fishing pier seems to stick..Dasha worked at a miniature golf course, Galaxy Golf, in the outer banks as part of a foreign student exchange summer work program. I think Dasha will return this summer. I hope so. Miniature golf anyone?
Galaxy Golf clubhouse closed in winter
This is near Charlottesville,Virginia and is part of Family Drive work. This with Mamiya VII and Tri-X film