Month: November 2011

Happy Henna

This is my last blog from Dubai. I've delayed writing about the camel races because I want to add photos and I've written a whole article. But let me tell you it was like being present in a National Geographic Documentary. Today was yet another adventure..Jan wanted a henna pattern on her arm and hand for a special event next Wednesday. I had my hand and leg henna'd It was fascinating as the young Indian girl applied the henna in a way I would do a drawing… She had no pattern, she just drew. The atmosphere in the beauty parlor was hilarious and everyone had something to say and a suggestion to make about what we needed to have done. Yesterday was equally entertaining when we had a little maintenance like nails and pedicure attended to. What fun. I am normally quite boring with the color I use on my nails… one would call it 'Autumn' but they only had bright pink and red with sparkles…so it had to be sparkles… Now I'm a little …

Classes interupted…. blog disrupted.

It's frustrating that I've not been able to post my formal blog. But we'll see what we can do from South Africa. First of all, this has been a holiday for Keith and I. Like many of you we work hard then on a personal level we  have little time together because of my traveling. However, ideas and the excitement of implementing  new things never cease. I have so much material to work through when I get home, it will take me an age to get through it all. Keith on the other hand has just enjoyed meeting new people and sharing the experience. Thursday was wonderful, I met with my  Quilting friends Mala and Shanker at their shop and we took over the ground floor of the mall.!!!!! Quilters came from everywhere, even Kenya……!!!!! even Abu Dhabi and it is wonderful to see the results of previous classes. The ladies have taken my ideas to an even  higher lever and when I can put up photos I will show you their amazing work…. I …

Pam’s on holidays.

My early mornings are reserved for business. I don't have a sign on my computer that says "Pam's on holidays" I have been too tired at night to write up the day as I see it the brain is better in the morning. Today I'll spend time with some of my  students and I think I'll meet some new quilters here in Dubai. Tonight is a class in RAK. Tomorrow we get up early and go to the camel races. ———————————————————————- Walking the the cavernous isles of the spice souk yesterday was wonderful. We chatted with dozens of people. Keith of course was interested in talking cricket. I wanted to capture the colors and the smell was enticing. We had to fight our way past the bands of Tour Groups who wouldn't break the line for anyone. The also had sharpened elbows. We hired a river taxi and had it all to ourselves. An hour up and down the river. The cool breeze was a relief from the confines of the souks.  100's of colorful …

An Interesting situation.

The reason for my problem with blog is that there was a lot of activity to my blog, and censorship here is alerted if you are communicating with the masses…. :)  Personally I can't look at it or check it or put up photos.!!!! But Keith can, so I know it's getting through. However I found a way to write it… I had this problem once before… SO, I'll add photos in a different way. This is the most wonderful place. (other than the internet) Our hotel woes were addressed (after a little angst) and fortunately we are in the central area of Dubai where we can walk to a lot of places rather than have to catch a taxi to restaurants etc. The buildings are stunning pieces of architecture, we're on the 30th floor and we look onto a number of building sites… They work 24 hours a day. 100's of men in green and yellow uniforms swarm the building… like ants they are on the move constantly. You never see anyone standing still …

New Ideas

The past two days have been a mild learning curve for me. I know how to compose and take a good photo, (well they are pleasing to me) but the time has come to go further and learn the technical details of photography. I've avoided Photoshop like the plague. First of all it's very expensive, secondly it's hard and I don't want to pay an exorbitant amount of money if I get frustrated and give up on it. It takes time to learn… 3 things that have really put me off. But "The time has come" The Walrus said. Working with my Sister Jan has been fun. She's a great photographer, we look at things the same and by that I mean we compose the same way. Our trip to the desert was exciting, it made us slow down and concentrate on the image. But I was made aware that I use my photos in a way that's very different to the others in class. One of the ladies asked about my career and trying …

Inspiration in the desert.

I had a wonderful day today. We traveled out into the desert on a photographic expedition. 15 photographers, 5 vehicles and drivers and a lot of excitement. At times we almost drove vertically down the dunes and then I hung on as we slid sideways down into the valleys. Amazing, Amazing, Amazing and a full day of excitement. Tomorrow we tackle different subjects. Thursday I will meet with the quilters and I hope to get to the fabric Souk to film I looked at the images I photograph with design in mind and hopefully I achieved my goal.

Lots of Inspiration

We had a day of travel today and we're finally in Dubai, Ras al-Khaimah to be correct. It's English meaning: (The Top of the Tent) and it is one of the emirates of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), in the east of the Persian Gulf. It is in the northern part of the UAE bordering Oman. I'm staying with my Sister Jan and we are off to Dubai for a two day photographic retreat tomorrow. We're going to shoot photographs in the desert tomorrow. It's quite warm here, in the 30's and will be for the 10 days we're here. whoopee…. I want to go to the fabric souk in Dubai and film, I need to go to the huge Mosque in Abu Dhabi to take photographs and to Oman…. Oh, and add in a little camel racing and sand dune visiting…. So we should be busy. Lots of Inspiration.