Posted on June 1, 2014
This photograph was taken a few years ago from the balcony of my apartment in Abu Dhabi. A fire had broken out in a residential building just around the corner (on Electra, for the locals) and the emergency helicopter service was called in to rescue some people who were trapped on the roof. You can just see one being winched inside the hovering helicopter, hanging on to a crew member for dear life.
I converted the original to black and white, partly for dramatic effect but also to get round the impact of the smoke haze on the colour original.
Posted on March 5, 2014
Oradour-sur-Glane is a village not far from here. In 1944 it was the scene of a Nazi atrocity, which can be read about here.
A new village was built nearby after the war, but the original is now preserved as a permanent museum and memorial to the 642 named victims.