Travel Photography: Dubai Airport Lounge

Waiting at Dubai Airport
Waiting at Dubai Airport

Dubai Airport – how did I get here? You wake up and have no idea where you are. This happens to me often. I travel a lot, this happens. You don’t know where you are or how you got there. Once upon a time I saw a jet setting career as one that was super-cool. Now that I have it? Not so much. Be careful what you wish for…

Ah, Dubai Airport. I shoot a lot of photos in airports. Mainly because I spend a lot of time in airport. I don’t shoot in security or customs, I don’t want to end up in a jail cell. Airports are an international melting pot, a huge social experiment. People from all over the world, lost in their own little world. Dubai Airport more so than many. As Emirates hub it a bustling airport – as busy as the city itself.

Dubai Airport

Lost in their own world’s. The couple above, on my flight out of Dubai didn’t say much to one another. He read the paper, she wrote in a journal, or maybe jotted down a shopping list to use upon returning home. It was easy to grab several images of them with my x100. Upon opening said images in Lightroom it became apparent the x100 becomes as noisy as hell at ISO 1600. Of, to have a Fuji x-T1…. I can dream. Or, even an x100s. I keep meaning to get out and see what they are worth secondhand.

My time at GPP and in Dubai Airport did serve its purpose: I am shooting more since returning. I hope to keep that up, to get reinvigorated in an artistic sense. I was catching up with Steve Simon while at GPP. If you don’t know Steve, he’s written an amazing book, The Passionate Photographer (my copy has done around the world several times). After we traded a few industry tales Steve asked, “What about your photography? Are you shooting?”

Yes, I want to shoot more. That fact Mr. Simon cared enough to ask spurs me forward. When we chat next time I hope I have more to tell him.

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