In the year 2008 I went to photograph Dubai in The United Arab Emirates. I knew that part of the world well. I was there previously, with my good friend and ex wife Rachel as a Personal Trainer and spinning instructor (indoor cycling) at the Pharaohs Club in Wafi City and have fond memories of the experience. A highlight was winning the employee of the year from the 150 or so staff that worked there. Some at the food and beverage restaurant upstairs and some at the health club where I worked downstairs. It was a complete surprise when my name was read out as the winner and the prize being a free airfare home and back again. I was glad to return to Dubai and the United Arab Emirates, this time as a photographer. I had a good idea of the images I wanted to take. Dubai has changed considerably from when I was there previously but essentially I think it is still the same. Having some good local knowledge was very helpful with my Dubai photography and getting the photographs I wanted.
I find that people in general are mostly glad that you have taken an interest in them and their lives and are only to happy to help me with getting a good photo however they can.