The Wind Tower

Cee’s theme for this week’s Black & White Photo Challenge is ‘Hot and/or Cold’. Here is an image that encapsulates both. This is a wind tower in al-Bastakiya – what’s left of the old part of Dubai. It works on the principle of drawing in the desert breezes at the top and funneling them down to provide a cooler draught at ground level. Air-conditioning, in other words.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Hot & Cold

Subliminal Advertising

After last week’s call for vibrant colours, Cee is looking for pastels this time.

This is a very large – and circular – electronic display screen which can be found in Dubai Mall. The colours can and do vary considerably, but I managed to capture this image when it was in a more restful mood.

Cee’s Fun ‘Foto’ Challenge: Pastels


Answering this week’s theme of ‘Lights’ for Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge is this massive chandelier (note the scale of the human figures in the background) in Dubai Mall. I’m not sure it’s one of the fanciest I’ve ever seen, but it’s certainly one of the biggest.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Lights

52 Weeks Photo Challenge: Week 35 – From Above

This week’s theme set by The Girl That Dreams Awake is ‘From Above’. This can often provide an interesting and unusual perspective when compared with the more conventional ‘straight ahead’ view.

This particular example is looking down from a fifth-floor balcony onto a water feature in the foyer of a nautically-themed hotel in Dubai.

52 Weeks Photo Challenge: Week 35 – From Above

52 Weeks Photo Challenge: Week 27 – Architecture

A view of the helicopter pad near the top of the iconic Burj al Arab hotel (seven stars, no less) in Dubai.


To put it into context, here’s a wider shot of the building:


52 Weeks Photo Challenge: Week 27 – Architecture

Tuesdays of Texture: Abra

By far the best way to cross from one side of Dubai Creek to the other is on one of the little passenger boats called abras (think motorised gondolas). This one was tied up on the Deira side.


Tuesdays of Texture

Weekly Photo Challenge: Relax

A market porter takes a moment to relax outside the souq in Dubai.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Relax


This modern lock secures the carved wooden door of an old building in the al-Bastakiya heritage area of old Dubai.


Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Locks and Clocks

Weekly Photo Challenge: Admiration

A well-groomed barber steps back to admire his handiwork in this Dubai hairdressers.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Admiration

Weekly Photo Challenge: Abstract

According to the Tate Gallery, “abstract art is art that does not attempt to represent an accurate depiction of a visual reality but instead uses shapes, colours, forms and gestural marks to achieve its effect”.

I think this qualifies. It was taken in front of the huge aquarium inside Dubai Mall, and illustrates what happens when you have to use a long exposure in a dimly-lit space and somebody barges into you just as you press the shutter.


The smaller image below shows what  it would have looked like without the introduction of the third-party camera shake. Frankly, I prefer the abstract version (it’ll probably come as no surprise to  learn that I like tie-dye too).


Weekly Photo Challenge: Abstract