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British photography exhibition to launch at Le Royal Meridien Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi's Le Royal Meridien hotel will be hosting the amazing "Terraforming" photography exhibition from 9th to 29th January. British photographer Duncan Chard will display the work he has been developing for a decade: shots of day-to-day moments from the lens of a foreigner who has been residing in the UAE for over a decade.

British photography exhibition to launch at Le Royal Meridien Abu Dhabi

Capturing images in the perfect timing with just the right meaning is what it’s all about for British photographer Duncan Chard, who is pleased and excited to show the world his work in the upcoming exhibition. Le Royal Meridien hotel in Abu Dhabi, in collaboration with Sarah Jordan Associates will present the series of photographs Chard has named “Terraforming” this month, from 9th to 29th January.

The avid UK-born photographer has lived in the UAE for more than decade and has dedicated all his time and effort to the task of putting this heartfelt exhibition together. In an attempt to make people see the UAE from a totally new perspective, Duncan Chard has captured the day-to-day moments that constantly pass us by, but that in spite of their simplicity can actually be considered symbolic moments that resonate with importance when captured in the instant of a camera.

Terraforming” photos go from a man sitting alone in his car on a stark deserted desert landscape to a line of Catalan villas dominating the desert to an Emirati child on a bucking bronco machine. All shot in striking black and white hues, each image captures the people, places and cultures of everyday life in the UAE. In Chard’s own opinion, these photographs are rarely intimate and rather voyeuristic.

When speaking about his motivations for the shots, the photographer stated:

“I want the viewer to feel they are on the outside looking in, because this is how I feel on a very personal level about my own role in society. I'm an expat, and this isn't my country. Yet, while I don’t belong here, I still love the UAE. We all live in a world which is seemingly becoming more turbulent as it seeks to reject globalisation, yet the UAE, seeks to embrace it. I see all around me popular culture from all over the world, and that makes feel that this is the place where the future begins.”

All the same, the personnel of Le Royal Meridien Abu Dhabi is thrilled to be presenting these photos within its facility. Ashraf El Siessy, General Manager at the lavish resort declared:

“We are proud to host this unique exhibition with Duncan. It is a photographer's vision that allows people to picture what they may not have thought of putting into words. Terraforming will give our visitors a glimpse of the book that Duncan will publish which is a collection that spans street photography, genres of landscape, portraiture, as well as documentary photography.”

The exhibition, which will be open this week, will receive visitors on a daily basis from 9 am to 10 pm. Photography lovers will get the chance to observe the fascinating work of this British photographer, who is looking to convey his fondness and sense of wonderment for the UAE.

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