In mid-June, I spent a week in Doha, Qatar, teaching interiors with a fantastic group of Qataris, as well as a handful of expats from around the world. It was my first trip to Qatar, and I have to admit I didn’t know what to expect. The picture below pretty much sums it up:
Fabulous architecture, in every direction, outrageous food (you haven’t had hummus until you’ve had real hummus, folks), and some of the most generous, friendly, and fun people anywhere.
This event was produced by Katara, an Arts and Culture organization that sponsors exhibits and events in a huge complex of buildings, plazas, and gardens on the waterfront. Organized by Mohammed Saad Al-Mohannadi (who worked long hours to take care of every detail), this was a three-day workshop, with 2 full days of field work.
We shot one day at Mamig, a Turkish/Armenian restaurant, where I made the demo shot above. Then the students took over, and produced their own compositions around the building, lighting and styling everything perfectly.
Another long day was spent at the Ritz-Carleton, shooting an Executive Suite, along with two smaller suites:
This was a fun day, because there was room for everybody to spread out and really do the shot they wanted. (True story: we had to switch venues at the last minute, because the Taliban had checked into the hotel we were originally slated to shoot.)
I don’t have any of the behind-the-scenes photos from these fun days, but I know they’re out there….if you were there, and you’ve got some photos, send ’em my way, please?
While I was in Qatar, I squeezed in a couple of self-assigned tall buildings, which you’ll see here in the coming weeks. But before I sign off, check out a few random photos I made (along with one video, and a studio portrait) while zooming around Doha with Mohammed:
Incidentally, that’s a custom-fitted Thobe I’m wearing, as authentic as it gets. Thanks, Mohammed!
Finally, here’s a take-off video from Doha International (DOH) — gets pretty interesting around 1:20 or so.