Blog by a Belgian Flying Photographer based in Dubai (UAE) specializing in Architectural, Travel and Aviation photography
Monday, January 16, 2017
Pic(k) of the week 3: DHOW BUILDING, Dubai
In the first week of the new year, I headed out to the Dhow building site opposite Festival city in Dubai. Somebody from the US interested in my photography, inspired me to document the centuries old heritage of building wooden cargo ships. In the region these custom made boats, that still take cargo from Dubai to countries like Iran, Pakistan and India, on a daily basis, are traditionally called Dhows.
The tryptic below consists of three images shot that winter day early 2017. To do them justice I believe that the three images make for a better representation while the vintage look will hopefully send the viewer back in time. Please click on the image below for a full size view.
Shot with the XF16mm f1.4 lens
RAW file development done in Lightroom CC
Nik SilverEfex Pro for Black and White +frame
Tryptic made in Photoshop CC
Unfortunately the art of Dhow building is slowly becoming a lost art. My contact in the US, has a friend that recently made an excellent short video for the "Great Big Story" channel about the building process of these vessels; please make sure to check it out here. Remember: "A man without a goal is like a ship without a rudder" - Thomas Carlyle