I've been struggling with confidence on the streets for sometime now, although it has got a lot better. I often miss shots I'd like to take. Either I'm to slow or thinking about the shot for too long. So I decided to go for one of Eric Kim's workshops about how to conquer your fear on the streets. I've been following Eric for quite some time. From his video about hip-shooting with his 5D to his very confident street photography today. He seemed like a very outgoing and positive guy, who might rubb off some of that onto me. I also wanted to go for one of Zack Arias' classes but couldn't get the time schedule to work. He has this very cool but humble thing about him, which makes street shooting look effortless and fun. Maybe next time, Zack!
Second I wanted to work on my portraiture, learn how to direct/interact with the subject and extract my emotions from it. I looked through the instructors and found Sara Lando. I didn't know much about her then so I googled her and found some very promising and creative stuff.
I arrived in Dubai two days before my workshops began so I had some time to go around the city. The first two days where a pain, for several reasons. This was my first time traveling alone, and being on my own. Dubai is not your regular city.. My expectations of Dubai changed the first hours from this cool big city with lots of people and stuff to do, to a big and empty city.
Dubai is not a city for people who are used to a walking city, that means the main city area is within walking distance. You need to take a taxi, bus or the metro to go anywhere. The metro system isn't as developed as in Europe, where you can ride it to town, get off and the whole city is within walking distance. After you get off a metro station in Dubai you need to take a buss or walk about 20-30 minutes to get anywhere. Even after getting out of the station the intuitive direction to start walking in wasn't very good. I've been to big cities before and there is always some sort of sign or sense of direction when you get out of the metro.
This is totally my opinion and experience of Dubai. Dubai is a very extraordinary city with its unique qualities, but at the time I didn't like it too much. The first two days were a very emotional ride for me and this effected the whole experience. I just felt lonely, empty and lost. "What am I doing in Dubai..?" I missed the security and feeling of home. But then in the evening of my first day I attended a free class at the GPP. David Alan Harvey had a talk about some of his experience shooting for over 40 years with National Geographic. Finally, I was at peace! Everything made sense! "This is why I am in Dubai, and I love it!"
To be continued..