Ghost town by the sea
After living in the United Arab Emirates for more than 7 years, I just discovered a new photography paradise... It all started by a blogpost of Michael Cruz, another UAE based photographer who posted a new HDR (High Dynamic Range) image on his website.
"Deserted less than forty years ago, Jazirat Al Hamra is purportedly one of the only complete villages of its kind still standing in the Gulf Region, which gives a glimpse of what life was like before the discovery of oil.Situated only a short distance off the main highway running between Ras Al Khaimah city and the Al Hamra development and a couple kilometers from the Al Hamra Mall, the village is not readily spotted from the road. But once pointed in the right direction, one quickly arrives at its outer edge, where an old fort and tower watch in eerie silence over empty streets and abandoned buildings, some at least a century old. Mosques, shops, and houses – with courtyards overrun by vegetation and quaint features like star windows, wind-towers, and carved doors – all lie in varying states of decay and disrepair. Beyond the tower, the main village paths meander through the town towards the sea and eventually converge in a town square of sorts, where the souk – a handful of stores and open-front shop buildings – was located.
Kjell's orginal article can be found on page 11 of the electronic version of the Free Spirit RAKTZ magazine.
To the ones celebrating a Merry Christmas and to all of you Happy Shooting,