I had not Done much Planning for my trip this year, and the few times I had looked up Abu Dhabi it didn’t seem like there was much to see it was more hospitality, shopping and just relaxing kinda place. On the way back from breakfast My Gf stopped to ask the concierge what she should see and more so if there was a Souk (open air Bazaar).
The concierge said there wasn’t a Souk but there was a fish market and Carpet market, and then there was an indoor market at the World Trade Center. We Decided to try and see them all and went and grabbed our things from our room and jumped in a Taxi. I told the Taxi driver we wanted to go to the fish market and he looked puzzled and I showed him on a Map the concierge had gave me, The driver still looked a little puzzled but said ok and we headed out. About 15 mins later we were driving near a pier area and the taxi pulled up to a chain fence with not to much else around. The taxi driver says this is it the pier and points to a plain looking concrete building thats it over there. I say ok and pay him and we start walking over to the building. it was only about a block away but the heat was Brutal over 105 degrees and I was so glad to walk into the building and be greeted with some cool air even though it came with a fishy Oder. Entering the building it was a large open warehouse with about 40 Vendors all with Tilted ice filled stalls displaying their fish. We stuck out like soar thumbs and from the moment we walked into the space we had people coming up to us asking us to come over to their stall and see their fish. It didn’t help that there were only about 4 other people there to buy fish, so the vendors we really aggressive to make a sale. We walked around the space felling we didn’t want to miss something just because it didn’t appear interesting right from the start.
We walked around the space and had vendors on either side asking us to stop and look or even taste there fresh fish. I kept thinking you’re barking up the wrong tree, does it look like I I am from here and have some where to go back and cook fish, but I politely repeated no no just looking or not now, as the next guy would come up and ask, and some trailed behind us asking in unrelenting fashion. It was not a visually stimulating place but I could have gotten some good pictures but its very difficult for me to shoot in my street style if I am the center of attention. I didn’t take a SIngle pic in the short time we were there because it felt uncomfortable with people trying to hawk thing to me. We left and decided to head over to the carpet market, but more about that tomorrow…..
This Image is From The Hotel Across The Street That we visited Later and as we walked around the property I just loved the way the light was pouring between in through the marble support Columns. I stopped to take a shot as my Girlfriend Kept Walking and as I turned back around I saw her a ways down the hall lifting her hair off her neck from the heat. Her White Dress Contrast Great Against the Dark Shadow of the hall way that lead back into the hotel
A Simple shot of the end of the hallway AS I woke up the next Morning to Go down to the ground floor for Breakfast. I love the reflection on the floor and the blue light as you look out the window and over the palace and into the gulf water.
We Landed in Abu Dhabi late at night so there was not much to see out the taxi as we rode into the city. As i Peered into the darkness I didn’t really see much of a city like I knew. Everything seemed pretty spaced out and major highway like roads separated each major building we passed. Seeing our hotel in the distance we wrapped around it on the highway and then pulled off into a tunnel coming up in front of the building and the Taxi came to a stop at the front of the hotel. I got out of the Cab and noticed again just how warm it was for the middle of the night but the thought quickly disappeared as I stepped into the cool air of the hotel. The hotel sat on the edge of the Persian Gulf so there was a lot of windows that were all black now due to the deep of night. We had booked every thing under my GFs name so she checked us in as I walked around the lobby photographing it without other guest.
Opening the door to the room, it was large, with the far wall being a floor to ceiling window, My GF Ran over to the blinds and pulled them apart only to be starring out in to the same endless blackness over the water. I hadn’t slept the entire 14 hour flight so I tipped the bellhop ate some food and then fell a sleep immediately as my Gf explored the room reading the hand written welcome note the hotel left her.
This Image is from the Hotel it is one of the Light Fixtures on the ceiling. I like how it looked like a flower blossom opening, except this time since it is made of wood it has a more ridged Structure to it. But in the end this image is all about the range of Values in the monotone color and the way the composition is Cropped
This Image was from the 4th of July, My Gf’s Friend Ryoko said she wanted to go out to Coney Island and see the Hot Dog eating Contest. I had been to the event once before and I warned her that NY events are not as fun as they look on Tv, there will be hundreds if not thousands of people there. She said that was fine so we got on the Q train in Midtown early that after noon and started to make the long ride out to the shore. AS we made stop after stop others got on and off and the further down the line we got the more chatter could be heard about coney island and the beach and the hot dog eating contest, before long the whole train was all beach goers and I knew then it would be really crowded when we got there. At the last stop in Manhattan a Woman got on with her small boy and they sat in some of the last available seats on the train. The Train filled with light as the train came above ground and started crossing the Bridge into Brooklyn. The Little boy that had just got on stood up on the bench next to his mother and started staring out the window back at the city as the bridge supports flew by the window until we reached the other side and plunged back to the dark tunnels under the city.