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Nikita, chechen war era reenactor.
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- Long time in the making, finely there is a new series on my website. It's called "Land of Plenty" (link in bio)
This is Sirage, from Uganda. He works as a taxi driver in Doha, Qatar. He moved there not so long ago and is planning to stay there until the World Cup takes place in 2022. I went to Qatar a number of times in the last year for work and managed to spend some extra time taking some pictures.
I will be sharing some of the images. Here is a bit of an intro:
Built by the many for the few: Doha in Qatar is a city with a recent history, an ever growing skyline and a public infrastructure currently raising from the ground.
The city is rapidly being transformed on the road to the 2022 World Cup even if the boom of its oil and gas economy has slowed down due to the blockade imposed by other Gulf Staes.
I ended up in Doha four times in the space of a year to work on one of these huge projects. I found a land of stark class division where migrants work around the clock for the small elite of Qatari nationals and for a much bigger population of Westerners employed in the Gulf.
I took a number of photos along the way and documented a surreal place run by an absolute monarchy and waited by a service “class” composed mainly of migrants from Africa, the Indian Subcontinent or the Philippines. Building sites leave way to luxury developments and life size replica of the Venice Canals while the Emir face appears everywhere, from skyscrapers facades to fridge magnets.
There is space, a lot of it. Doha is a city that could probably fit double the amount of inhabitants. Nationals represent only 10% of the population.
The city skyline is as transient as its immigrant population that is ready to move away after the World Cup is over.
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- Like pieces of a puzzle
- Coastal Loop Trial.
Out of all the things we got to do in San Francisco I think walking the coastal loop trial was by far one of the biggest highlights. This image was right before we turned to see the first glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge.
- Ricoh GR
- Reason why I take photos: exploration and adventure. Photography allows me to explore new, unfamiliar places, as well as see the old and familiar places in new light, over and over again. Back in the olden days I used to call it a “Passport to adventure” (pardon the cheese). And I still feel that way. Nothing else gets me out the door as quickly as a camera and a fresh new roll of film, and not much enriches a life more than travel.
- I really love this photo
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