BAHRAIN DAY & NIGHT
With a camera always in tow, Khaled J. Abdulla knows better than to leave his house without his most prized possession, knowing the opportunity to capture a moment or memory can arise at any time. Holding his camera and his zeal for photography close to him, Khaled’s aim is to reveal and learn about elements of life in a creative form. Having travelled the world to enhance his photography skills, Khaled returned to the Kingdom with his latest exhibition, presenting the most highlighted aspects of Bahrain in entirely fresh manner – exposing the contemporary side of Bahrain. Perle Magazine spoke to the talented photographer about his latest project and his aim to revive the beauty of this tiny island through his art.
An aficionado of working behind the camera from a young age, Khaled’s interest in photography arose from his passion of film directing. Quickly learning that film directing requires many external elements such as various kinds of equipment, a crew, and actors/actresses; he switched his attention to photography, something that still served his love towards the digital art medium without needing extra assistance; keeping his directing passion on hold. In around 2011, Khaled explains he started dedicating more time to photography by buying the right camera for him, and thus began his journey in the art form. The following year he took a trip to Istanbul, Turkey, to enhance his skills and set out various goals to help him perfect his skills. By 2014, he set the goal to visit all 5 continents and capture moments that he had never experienced before and travelled to multiple countries from around GCC, to Kerala, Palestine, Morocco, US, Cuba, and France. “I did that all in one year and that gave me a lot of different perspectives to life”, he says, “It is always different when you experience it yourself, and it is life-changing.” Going from the buzzing life of Las Vegas and holiday-esque, music and art-centric Paris, to the poorer regions of the world like Kerala, Khaled explains he witnessed a great difference of lifestyle in each and every country.
In 2015, Khaled’s photography goal was to do a personal project, and since his previous work did not contain pictures of Bahrain, he was inspired to step away from the usual pictures and portray the country from a different angle. Creating the 45-picture series that took around 6 months to complete, Khaled’s pictures are that of known sites in Bahrain but captured during both day and night and merged together to form a beautifully contrasting image. From Al Fateh Mosque to Hidd Bridge, Bahrain Bay, the Fort, Bin Matar House, and other various locations around the country, through the Bahrain Day and Night emerges an original facet of each location – a different view of Bahrain.
Spending roughly around 3 hours on each site, Khaled said he would to go to the location in the morning, set his camera to take pictures and mark the place before leaving to another location. He would return to the locations at night and use the markers as guidelines to set the camera to reshoot the scene. Noting that as a photographer, he is very particular about the equipment used and mentions it was important to use cameras that would produce pictures he could print as well. Using multiple cameras like Sony, Canon, and Fuji with a variety of different lenses, he says it is necessary to make sure as a photographer to understand the different cameras to use for each shot. Unsurprisingly, his hard work combined with his creativity resulted in an extraordinary series of images of Bahrain never been seen before.
Working on turning his work into books, Khaled says in order to venture into photography initially, online tools such as YouTube are a great source of information for beginners specially. He adds that as time passes, it is also important to attend workshops to get the experience of interacting with a working professional photographer which can’t be found in YouTube courses. “It is not about having the best equipment will make you an instant photographer, it is about time and dedication, and having a certain eye for interesting scenes”, he says.
Khaled’s advice to amateur photographers is that at first one of the most important aspects of photography is to master your existing gear; making sure that your camera is like an extension to your hand, knowing each and every function of the camera and not focus on buying expensive gear. “If you are passionate, learn your camera to when you can operate it in complete darkness and when you know where every single button is.” Then, take advantage of the free content on photography on YouTube.
Continuing to set photography goals for himself and finding new methods and projects to showcase his skills, Khaled’s existing extensive body of work speaks for itself about his commitment to the art form and his adoration for preserving a moment beautifully for a lifetime.
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