GPP Slidefest XIII | Wed May 14 | Who's presenting?

Get ready for next month's GPP Slidefest XIII!

We have a line up of fresh new projects to get your creative juices flowing with everything from portraits shot in Ethiopia to street photography captured right here in Deira.  Slidefest will be held in the Dubai Knowledge Village Auditorium on Wednesday, May 14 at 7pm.  All are welcome and the event is free to attend.

Who's presenting?  Find out below!


Richard Allenby-Pratt

Richard Allenby-Pratt is a photographer based in Dubai. After gaining attention for his 'abandoned' project, which was exhibited last year, Richard continues to expand his personal work. Exploring the developed and undeveloped landscapes of the UAE, Richard will be presenting a series of documentary landscape photographs entitled 'consumption' and considering how are decisions as consumers impact upon the environment.

Amani AlShaali

Born in the UAE, Amani studied Interior Design at the American University in Dubai and is now designing yacht interiors for a living.  She developed a passion for photography at the age of thirteen, and through photography she discovered her love for editing.  After graduating, Amani began to take photography more seriously, pursuing personal projects and developing her passion for fine art photography.  Creating something out of nothing brings an exhilarating feeling that keeps her creating new work.  Recently exhibiting during the DIFC ArtBeat event, Amani will be sharing a series of compositions dipicting characters set in moody landscapes and dramatic circumstances.


Lewis de Mesa 

Lewis de Mesa is a co-founder and former member of Brownmonkeys, a design collective based in Dubai. Currently he works freelance at Twofour54 as an art director, animator and a time-lapse photographer. His work has appeared on CNN as well as in Gulf News, The National, and 7 Days. When he first started pursuing timelapse photography, his aim was to do something different and unique, so he was one of the few who introduced motion time-lapse with the use of a motorized slider.  His passion for time-lapse photography continues to motivate him, as not even the hot summer sun in the UAE stops him from shooting outdoors!  Lewis will be presenting his time-lapse 
photography shot here in the UAE.

Esam Hassanyeh

Esam Hassanyeh is a photographer in Dubai specializing in corporate, sports and portrait photography.  Born in Africa, he was raised in the UK and has also lived in Paris and Jakarta. Before becoming a professional photographer, Esam worked in the financial markets in London, he then started his own financial training company in Dubai.  In 2008, he bought his first DSLR and found that whilst he enjoyed what he did before, when he has a camera in his hands, he simply enjoys being himself.  Esam will be presenting portraits he has shot in Ethiopia.

Hind Mezaina

Hind Mezaina is a photographer and culture writer from Dubai. Her award winning blog covers cultural news, events, reviews in the UAE and beyond. Hind’s photography has been exhibited in several local and international group exhibitions.

Deira Polaroids is a new photo series that Hind has initiated recently. It's an ongoing series of images taken during her frequent walks and visits to Deira, her favourite part of Dubai. It’s an ode to Deira, to visually showcase the thriving part of “old” Dubai. The first part of this series was exhibited at this year's SIKKA Art Fair in House 16. Hind will be sharing a selection of the Deira Polaroids for GPP Slidefest.

Guido Sperzaga

Guido Sperzaga is a Dubai based professional photographer and also co-founder of The Onlooker, a locally based photography team.  Guido's photography aims to dipict the everyday life and culture of people from around the world, discovering hidden stories and capturing the beauty of the multi-ethnic world we live in. Guido will be presenting a moving series of images from an orphanotrophy in Nepal, where orphaned children recieve medical care and support.