Year 1 Stats:
6,000 pictures taken
500 hours spent on this producing and maintaining blog in year 1
365 processed shots posted
50 weekends taking photos
27 new inspirations and connections that I hope to keep (in a random order) - eric, lisi, halfmanhalfbeer, ham, crankyputz, alexander, Secret Dubai, edwin, natalie, miguel @ sfdailyphoto, littlejimmy, dubai sunshine, m&j, Jing, Jazzy, Zsolt, Keropokman, kiwi boy, luggi, 'roon, michel, samuri sam, elaine, gail's man, macky, basil, jez's dad, and many, many more...
9th on google for dubai photo search
3rd on yahoo for dubai photo search
3 National newspaper quotes and 1 national feature
1 'roon there's only 1 chuckeroon
1 shot exactly per day every day for 365 days
1 happy but very tired Bluey...
Dubai Daily Photo has to take a break.
We plan to return... sometime...
August 31, 2007
August 30, 2007
August 29, 2007
... where as I'm quite often praying for parking... ok, that was a cheap line... although I will admit that I'm somewhere near being athiest. The one thing about that club is nobody is out to protect your rights. I think that's a bit of a relief, I don't like people speaking on my behalf all the time... having said that, this mosque is slapbang centre Bur Dubai and in traffic mayhem - so fair play to the parking protection for those seeking to pray.
August 28, 2007
I know, another water fountain shot. I really am a big fan of them and they really are all over the place if you look.
Notice that the really nice metallic cup here is not attached in any way to the fountain - i.e. very easy to steal. And for who knows how long, it has remained here. I really like what this says about the society here... respectful is a good word.
August 27, 2007
August 26, 2007
I think I can be reasonably be accused of being pretentious on occasion... however sometimes there are things that are too genuine, too human and too individual to worry about photographic technique... and this is one of them (I think).
I just saw this and snapped it. On a street. On a Dashboard. In Bur Dubai. On A Friday.
August 25, 2007
August 24, 2007
August 23, 2007
This is the main "trunk" of the Jumeriah Palm. This is the reclaimed land that has become pretty infamous and some what synonymous with Dubai.
It seems like an interesting novelty now, I just wonder what it'll be like once all the fronds have been occupied...
August 22, 2007
August 21, 2007
It's a neccesary addition to the city, the water fountains. However I do also think it's one of the best civic amenieties in this city.
Perhaps Ayn Rand would be fascinated with Dubai, although I wonder what the (fictional) Mr Howard Roark would have thought...
August 20, 2007
August 19, 2007
Hard Rock Cafe Dubai - once upon a time this was at the end of the Earth. The tallest and most isolated building, before the Marina madness took hold.
Now it's surrounded by 50+ towers and looks a little quaint and it looks like Spiderman or King Kong should be scaling its diminutive, yet splendid visage.
August 18, 2007
August 16, 2007
August 15, 2007
August 14, 2007
Some pretty interesting / impressive / illustrative stats for the construction of the world's tallest structure.
I'm kind of geeky about the Burj - it maybe the Deathspire, but I kinda love it already...
August 13, 2007
Self portrait. Bluey. The One. Jumeriah. Dubai. 2007
It would be very strange to see the gaps in ourselves that others see. Big, huge, glaring chunks of yourself just not there... We all feel we are the rounded, complete person that our within experience is our all. Yet when we see anyone else we only experience what is there to be seen, found or granted...
So here is my self portrait viewed via a third party. I hope you like me. Gaps and all.
August 12, 2007
The butterfly symbol at the entrance of Dubai Media City freezone. The message here is Freedom To Create.
Certain freedoms should be automatic, not by granted by decree. Although freedoms should be celebrated where ever they can flourish.
August 11, 2007
August 10, 2007
August 09, 2007
August 07, 2007
As promised, a space rocket... however I have to make an admission (and even feel a little guilty) - this shuttle, the skier, the giraffes and the fine elephants are all fakes, props or indeed adverts for the stupidly huge mega project that is simply called Dubailand.
It is too big to comprehend - it will actually be bigger than the current size of Dubai city. It will also be twice the size of all of the Disneyland/DisneyWorld resorts put together, currently the largest collection of amusement parks in the world.
Dubai - The Logical Conclusion To Sim City...
and here is the area around the as yet developed Dubailand... all a little Truman Show and how closely will Dubailand resemble Westworld where's Yul when you need him?
August 06, 2007
August 05, 2007
My journey into another land continued with more strange beasts, you don't expect to stumble upon the tallest animal in existence that is normally indigenous to Africa.
However - there is a link to Arabia - The species name camelopardalis (camelopard) is derived from its early Roman name, where it was described as having characteristics of both a camel and a leopard. The English word camelopard first appeared in the 14th century and survived in common usage well into the 19th century. A number of European languages retain it.
The Arabic word الزرافة ziraafa or zurapha, meaning "assemblage" (of animals), or just "tall", was used in English from the sixteenth century on, often in the Italianate form giraffa...
What, and indeed where, can this strange land be?
August 04, 2007
Now this I'd heard of, but didn't expect - seriously, there are no fences to keep me out, or keep them in... more strangeness to follow.
Dubai is already strange and the powers that be are working hard to make it even more so...
August 03, 2007
Palm trees are not actually tress. There are approx 130 species of Palms covering a wide range of climates. These Palms here in Dubai are usually Date Palms - The date palm belongs to the family Palmae, genus Phoenix, species dactylifera.
DAtes are seen as very healthy - however, go easy on them - they pack in 3,000 cals per KG and are a natural laxative...
August 02, 2007
Thursdays are Fridays here. Our weekends are Friday and Saturday. So I'm off for some Thursday evening relaxation and I'll toast you, dear visitors, with a cold one this evening!
PS Unfortunately not at this featured bar though - a little too hot...
August 01, 2007
Dear Daily Photo,
I suspect that this message will be greeted with a dose of scepticism, however I assure you this photo record has been sent from me, Bluey - here today, August 2nd 2028. I'm now 55 years old and I still live in the city I used to call Dubai.
You'll be shocked to learn that Space City has been abandoned as a loss now, the desert blasted in 5 mad minutes and turned to glass. The dunes now look like ornamental crap the Gods would buy one another on a cheap holiday. The last remnants of the new Bedouins of Urb_Arabia are leaving.
Anyway - I need to be brief, I need you to remember these simple truths, axioms for life if you like...
1) Listen to the dolphins, they will thank you for all the fish, however a desert is not the place for them.
2) De La Soul were right. 3 is the magic number.
Space Cpt DX. Bluey