grand mosque, abu dhabi - april 2019

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but having new eyes.
— Marcel Proust

I’m learning the art of constructing a travel blog. Descriptions should be clear and concise. The purpose of the article should remain the same throughout. No rambling or extra words. Proper grammar is mandatory. However, I often discover errors weeks after publishing (Sorry, Mum).

And then there are the photographs. This is the real crème de la crème of the blog (Also, avoid cliche expressions. Oops). What is the perfect number of pictures to upload? How will the layout look on a desktop vs. mobile?

Lastly, image layout is very very crucial. A visual story needs to be told. There should be a beginning, middle and end. Multiple subtitles and explanations shouldn’t be required. Remember, the viewer hasn’t necessarily visited this landmark or city. Start big and go small, establish the landscape and then focus on the detail. And in my opinion, always try to end with a noteworthy photograph.

First Up: Establishing the Landscape

abu dhabi grand mosque masjid
minaret abu dhubi masjid

Next Steps: Details


The Finishing Touches: A Memorable Conclusion

colonnade abu dhabi masjid mosque courtyard
cloister grand masjid abu dhabi

la mer, dubai - april 2019

la mer dubai landscape

La Mer

I shot these photos just after ‘golden hour’, a bit too dark for my liking. They give a good idea of the general area (my goal).

La Mer is located in Jumeriah Beach. It is the strangest mixture of California meets Florida. You can be walking along the board walk and and feel confused about your location. It appears to be built more for Western tourists than locals. Sephora. Five Guys. A boutique cinema. Loads of shops and restaurants… And oh so pricey.

la mer beachfront street art hands

My personal favourite is the ‘street art’ that decorates the walls and fences throughout the beachfront. The artworks were all commissioned however still maintain an aspect of originality. Every time I visit, I spot a new piece hidden behind the trees or around a corner.

Artwork by Case Maclaim

Artwork by Case Maclaim

Mural by Alex Senna

Mural by Alex Senna

Next Blog Post? Abu Dhabi and the Louvre.