Once upon a time, there was a beautiful princess who, in fear of her death by her husband’s hand, used to tell him a different story each and every night, just to mesmerise him with the exotic images of fairytales, hence leave all dark thoughts behind. The tales would last for A Thousand and One Nights, exactly the same amount of time I would love to spend to the one place that puts all fairytales to test: the dreamlike Dubai.
As soon as I discussed with the incredibly talented Rima Hassan, who is a Dubai-based photographer, to do a collaboration styled shoot in Dubai, I felt as if I was already there once again. Very few locations on this planet can combine the exotic essences of a rich culture along with the mind-blowing architecture, the technology and furthermore the safety one witnesses once landed in Dubai.
A city of wonderful antithesis, an oasis within the vast desert so perfectly balanced. A longing location for every photographer. No other could take the picture-perfect scenery to a whole new level than my beautiful model – and The Amazing Race Asia winner – Parul Shah. A delicate desert flower herself, she was literally beaming for our Dubai desert photo session in her ethereal Vanila Studio gown. The table set-up was designed by the brilliantly creative Ekleel Design and included oriental mother of pearl ornaments on authentic wooden antique boxes as well as ornamental brass vases with light shades of pink flowers and eucalyptus leaves.
Now that I think of it, even a thousand nights are not enough. Or maybe I myself have been mesmerised by this Dubai Desert photo session and I will always long for my return to the place where all opposites meet in balance. To the exceptional Dubai!