I had the opportunity to make a return trip to Dubai in July. I also had the opportunity to meet Daniel Cheong while I was there and he shared with me a little bit of the ins and outs of shooting in Dubai. And he pointed me in the right direction for this shot! He’s the authority on the shiny city, be sure to check out his work!
This image of the twisted building at Dubai Marina is a 3 image stitch and a photo manipulation. Three vertical shots at 24mm with my Canon 5DII and Tamaron lens edited for exposure in Camera Raw and manually stitched in Photoshop where I removed construction distractions and edited luminosity throughout the image. I then exaggerated the size of the twisted building so that it occupies the same weight in the image as it does in person as was my intent when capturing it.
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Below is a before and after of the image after stitching together the three panels.
“Beyond the edge of the world there’s a space where emptiness and substance neatly overlap, where past and future form a continuous, endless loop. And, hovering about, there are signs no one has ever read, chords no one has ever heard.” Haruki Murakami
I love these words by Mr Murakami. When I created this picture I imagined a character one step from edge, one step from the beginning (the cliché) but also one step from returning to the world she knew. This step backward is symbolized by a featureless hole, an intractable compulsion to let the edge be and be happy with what she has and what she can expect and a dangerous alternative to redefining boundaries.
How many times have you found yourself on this narrow ledge? How many excuses have you conjured for not looking over it?
Photo: Captured on the North Shore of Oahu at a feature called “The Elevator.” It is a lava tube, 10′ across and 20′ down. It splits into multiple tubes under water. In the summer, when the North Shore of Oahu is waveless, you can dive this place . Prints are available up to 42″