Later this year I need to transit through Dubai on a long-haul trip. When situations like this arise and time allows, I like to take a few days to explore rather than spend a few hours waiting in an airport. Having seen some amazing photos of the city, I was keen to find a good hotel to base myself. That’s when my problem started.
If you’ve ever tried to find a hotel in Dubai, there are hundreds to choose from and they are spread over an extremely wide area. In short, there is too much choice, and it would be easy to end up in the wrong location. So instead of looking for a hotel on Booking.com I decided to research good photo locations. That’s when I came across a website called Photo Hound.
This is a great resource if you ever find yourself needing to research a distant location before travelling. I was able to use it to find some of the iconic views that I want to photograph. But more importantly, I know where to base myself (I think).
As I was writing this month’s newsletter, I’ve realised something about COVID and the ensuing lockdown. I’ve fallen out of the habit of visiting photography exhibitions. Prior to 2020 I would tend to visit 2 or 3 a year, but the last one I remember was Martin Parr “Return to Manchester” in 2019. Since then, I haven’t been to a photography exhibition, but I also don’t recall seeing any advertised other than in London.
The Magnum website does have this useful list of exhibitions
Unfortunately, most of these are international locations. If anyone has a good source for researching exhibitions, do let me know, especially if you are happy for me to share it in the newsletter.