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Photo Walk | Documenting Khalidiya

What can we learn from one of Abu Dhabi’s oldest public spaces and how can we use photography to document a rapidly changing landscape? Weave your way through Khalidiya Garden, discover the visual clues of its deliberately designed past and learn the practice of documenting a visual archive.

What's Covered

Khalidiya Garden is one of Abu Dhabi’s oldest public spaces, present on maps dating from the late 1970s. By spending time in the park and photographing its urban details and surroundings, one can discover a wealth of information that offers an insight into the history of Abu Dhabi’s urban development. Abu Dhabi’s public spaces are governed by the same overarching vision for the city and its buildings, an urban plan that has been shifting and morphing since the 1960s. Khalidiya Park contains a myriad of interesting examples of street furniture, mosques, public bathrooms, and service buildings, mostly designed in-house by the Municipality.

 

By taking a deeper look into these built forms that make up the park, we can plot a history of design for public spaces. In this way, the park functions as a repository of information, a record of the decisions that ultimately created a cohesive aesthetic identity, suitable for a capital city.

 

During our Photo Walk we will consider:


  • How is the park designed, and how does this channel or restrict movement and activity around the park? 
  • How is this public space restricted and policed, and what does that reveal about Abu Dhabi’s social milieus? 
  • What kinds of people perform which activities in the park, and how is this reflective of the wider demographics of the city as a whole? 
  • Aesthetically, how do different parts of the park differ? Is there a cohesive design language, or can we find proof of changing visual trends? 
  • How can we document and present our findings through photography in order to answer these questions?

Khalidiya Garden is one of Abu Dhabi’s oldest public spaces, present on maps dating from the late 1970s. By spending time in the park and photographing its urban details and surroundings, one can discover a wealth of information that offers an insight into the history of Abu Dhabi’s urban development. Abu Dhabi’s public spaces are governed by the same overarching vision for the city and its buildings, an urban plan that has been shifting and morphing since the 1960s. Khalidiya Park contains a myriad of interesting examples of street furniture, mosques, public bathrooms, and service buildings, mostly designed in-house by the Municipality.

 

By taking a deeper look into these built forms that make up the park, we can plot a history of design for public spaces. In this way, the park functions as a repository of information, a record of the decisions that ultimately created a cohesive aesthetic identity, suitable for a capital city.

 

During our Photo Walk we will consider:


  • How is the park designed, and how does this channel or restrict movement and activity around the park? 
  • How is this public space restricted and policed, and what does that reveal about Abu Dhabi’s social milieus? 
  • What kinds of people perform which activities in the park, and how is this reflective of the wider demographics of the city as a whole? 
  • Aesthetically, how do different parts of the park differ? Is there a cohesive design language, or can we find proof of changing visual trends? 
  • How can we document and present our findings through photography in order to answer these questions?
what's included
  • 2.5-hour photo walk
  • 2.5-hour photo walk
who should attend
  • Suitable for all. This workshop assumes no prior knowledge of photography. 
  • Note: Those who have attended our Photography Level 1 and/or Photography Level 2 workshops prior to attending will benefit most fully from this workshop, as you will be better equipped to inject your storytelling with creative photography techniques. Please note that photo walks are done on foot, so expect lots of walking.
  • Suitable for all. This workshop assumes no prior knowledge of photography. 
  • Note: Those who have attended our Photography Level 1 and/or Photography Level 2 workshops prior to attending will benefit most fully from this workshop, as you will be better equipped to inject your storytelling with creative photography techniques. Please note that photo walks are done on foot, so expect lots of walking.
What to bring
  • A camera with a fully charged battery - whether it’s a mobile phone or a DSLR. All are welcome. 
  • A spare battery, or battery pack charger if you’re shooting with your phone. 
  • A thirst for adventure. 
  • Please pack light and bring all of your belongings and gear in one small camera bag.
  • A camera with a fully charged battery - whether it’s a mobile phone or a DSLR. All are welcome. 
  • A spare battery, or battery pack charger if you’re shooting with your phone. 
  • A thirst for adventure. 
  • Please pack light and bring all of your belongings and gear in one small camera bag.
Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel your photo walk a minimum of 7 days in advance of your photo walk, you will be issued a 90% refund or may be rescheduled to another date(s).
  • If you cancel your photo walk a minimum of 5 days in advance of your photo walk, no refund will be issued but you may be rescheduled to another date(s).
  • If you cancel your photo walk less than 5 days in advance of your photo walk, no refund and no reschedule is possible.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

  • Photo walks can be rescheduled within 1 month of the original booking and within the same photo walk type, only if there is availability on the new date requested. 
  • Bookings can only be transferred ONCE. If you transfer your photo walk booking and later wish to cancel it, we will not be able to refund or reschedule you under any circumstances. 
  • You must be 18 or older to attend this photo walk. If you are younger than 18 or booking for someone under 18 years of age, please contact us first and we will be happy to advise you.
Please Note: Our classes are open to ANY brand of camera: Canon, Nikon, Sony, Panasonic, Fuji and any other intermediate to advanced cameras (As long as they have manual controls i.e. NOT point-and-shoots) are welcome!

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