I like the discipline of a photo a day challenge (this one is set by Fat Mum Slim). The limitations of sticking to an abstract theme make you look closer at your every day life. Plus I add in an extra requirement – where possible I try to take the picture on my morning dog walk. It means you really keep your eyes wide open.
March was busy, it was the end of my sister’s visit, the Emirates Festival for Literature was on one weekend, Taste of Dubai on another. The weather has been beautiful – the summer sizzle is just around the corner…but not quite yet. We’ve been sitting in the garden for supper every night and there’s still a freshness in the air.
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All pictures are taken with an iphone4 and most use Instagram filters.
It’s not just that vision is limited, but sound seems muffled in fog. There’s the novelty of being cold and wearing a jumper. Moisture clings to your hair. Everything goes on exactly as usual. Cars speed up the Beach Road, the road sweepers brush the sand off the pavement, women in lycra sprint around orange cones that glow out of the white gloom.
- Things that inspire me to write #7: Rachel Vincent’s idea fog (likestrawberrytea.com)
- Fog on Sunday (limeyfish.com)
- In a Fog (girlwithadogandgoodshoes.wordpress.com)
The spirit of celebration seems to get more intense every year in the build up to National Day. Walking round my neighbourhood early morning, a few days before 2nd December and the bunting and flags were already out in force. I planned to take pics of some of the enormous ones but some thunderstorms put paid to that.
Dubai is a multi-cultural mash-up where the smallest things can be difficult but anything is possible. Although I miss Britain I am happy to have called it my home for over twelve years.
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- Happy National Day (walking on sunshine)
- Celebrating Emirati style (My Custard Pie)
- Wishing UAE a very happy National Day!! (reshumalhotra.com)
- The Dubai Mall fountains to play the UAE National Anthem during holiday period (gulfnews.com)
- UAE Royal Princess Princess Haya Urges the Empowerment of Women at First Ladies Summit for Sustainable Development (prweb.com)
- UAE at 41 makes history young again (Mich Cafe)
So I was intrigued when some resonant words appeared on a wall a few months ago, by the beach where I walk my dogs. And even more so when I saw a different phrase in another part of Dubai this weekend, on a temporary fence, by a remote bit of beach.
Jasmine (@peartreediaries) November 25, 2012
Dubai is a law-abiding place and laws are enforced rigorously. I daren’t take my dogs on the beach for instance as I could be fined or the dogs impounded immediately. A dim view is also taken about graffiti and there isn’t much around. Which is what makes Arcadia Blank‘s work even more interesting.
Random graffiti does offend me – nowhere more than in places of beauty like Florence where the whole inside of the tower and the actual bell itself in the Duomo is covered with thousands of scrawled names by tourists. But reading about the works and watching the film Exit Through the Gift Shop has made me appreciate these artists who comment on our societies in creative, thought-provoking and, at times, daring ways.