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A Country Frozen in Time Travel Scholarship 2012 entry

My Scholarship entry - A 'place' I have visited

Cuba | Sunday, 6 January 2013 | 5 photos


I am originally from Yemen and currently residing in Canada and working as a civil engineer. My passion for photography goes to the time when I got my first point-and-shoot camera at the age of twelve (a Canon 35mm film camera).

I was always amazed by photos capacity to capture moments and freeze them in time. I perceive photography as a form of self-expression, a way to convey, release, and communicate thoughts, impressions, and feelings. It can go as far as a reflection of the subconscious.

My second passion to photography is travelling. I view travelling more as an exploratory experience and enjoyable adventure than a mere leisure activity. In recent years, I started thinking of taking my love for photography and travel to the next level: combining passions with career. I hope this opportunity can offer such a jump-start.

Besides being a great opportunity, the Travel Scholarship to Oman brought back an old dream/wish project. A project of a “photographic documentary” of my homeland, the neighbouring country, Yemen. More specifically the region of Hadhramaut. I aspire that winning this prize might be the first step in realizing this dream.

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