Don't miss out on the first Slidefest of the new season! Join us at 7:00pm on October 3 in the Dubai Knowledge Village Auditorium, entrance is free and all are welcome.
Now in it's eighth edition, GPP has been cultivating Slidefest as an evening of photography to surprise, entertain, inspire and move you. At each Slidefest, a new selection of photographers gather the courage to approach the stage and present their work to an audience of our 450 closest friends and photography enthusiasts. Each presentation takes only five minutes, keeping up the momentum of the evening and allowing a few minutes in between for Q&A.
Learn more about each presenter below, and see you on Oct 3!
Imagine it's 2017, and Dubai is a ghost town. Due to unforeseen circumstances, everyone has fled the country and the only city dwellers are those exotic creatures who once populated the zoo's and animal centres throughout the UAE. Deserted landscapes play host to surprising characters in locally base photographer Richard Allenby-Pratt's award winning series titled Abandoned.
In an attempting to capture The Essence of Architecture, New York based fine art photographer Heike Buelau climbs onto construction sites and city scapes in order to dipict what she feels is the ultimate art form. Accessible to everyone, arcitectural design by nature must lend itself to the everyman, to the public that it is exposed to and used by. Rather than being intimidated by an illusive message or purpose, architecture can be understood kinetically, as it serves those who interact with it. Approaching her images with a minimalist sensibility, Buelau hope to emphasize the beauty in raw materials.
Spanish photographer and film maker, Deigo Lopez Calvin will be joining us from abroad to share through a specially prepared video describing the workings of his Solography project. Beginning with a team in 1999, Calvin has been experimenting with pinhole cameras, setting up these film-less devices to capture the changes within a single landscape over extensive periods of time, a year or more. These intriguing images trace the path of the sun creating unique patterns with in the sky, and unusual photographs you'll be intrigued to know more about.
Locally based photographer Catalin Marin specializing in architectural and interior photography as well as corporate and environmental portraits. His blog, Momentary Awe (momentaryawe.com/blog) has won the 2011 best photoblog for Asia and Oceania at the Photoblog Awards. While spending 2 weeks in Madagascar Marin had the opportunity to board a traditional pirogue, a small, flat-bottomed boat, for three days, capturing a snapshot of the Malagasy life along the Tsiribihina River photographing interesting people, wild animals and amazing landscapes.
Canadian, UAE based photographer Clint McLean has taken part in exhibition projects throughout the MENASA region, alongside shooting for international and locally based magazines. 'The Girl Who Married a Snake' is a series of staged narrative images taking its name from a fable native to India. The fables in the series are from the MENASA region dipict brief moments from the fable staged in the country of the fables origin. This body of work is a collaboration between myself, the locals acting out the scene and those helping me to source props, costumes and appropriate landscapes.
The Indian summer at its peak in April would have to be the most uncomfortable time to travel around India. Temperatures easily soar into the 40’s and journeys into the interiors of the country is simply unpleasant. Traveling to Agra to see the Taj Mahal was like a journey through a bush of thorns to see a black rose. Despite this arduous journey, the indian travelers are not hindered. From far and wide, regardless of caste, creed, race or religion, the young and old - come to Agra to stand in awe of this monument of love.
Munsif Molu is a Canadian photographer, currently based out of the UAE. His fascination with people and their connections to society, traditions and history is what drives a lot of his photo stories.
GPP's very own Hala Salhi will take the stage to present her ongoing photo series 'Color of Dreams'. A project she has been working on for a number of years, Salhi has interviewed people from all walks of life, aiming to capture the light in their eyes as thy speak about their hopes and dreams.