Saturday’s Snapshot (surat al-sabat): لقطة السبت


Abu Dhabi city isn’t very old; it’s not like being in Cairo or Istanbul, where the “old city” goes back centuries. Here “old” buildings might be from the 1950s or even the 1970s.  The city exists in a constant state of re-invention, which sometimes results in good things, like the long stretch of waterfront parks and walking paths that didn’t exist twelve years ago. But re-invention also brings an almost constant hum of demolition and construction: this picture is taken from the Corniche, looking past a circular fountain towards a building that’s being knocked down.  When I got closer to the building, I could see shreds of old carpets and flaps of wallpaper: the remnants of lives that have been displaced to…?

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5 Responses to Saturday’s Snapshot (surat al-sabat): لقطة السبت

  1. stephanie October 6, 2012 at 8:28 pm #

    Makes you think, doesn’t it? Great thought provoking photo.
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  2. Stasha October 7, 2012 at 10:25 am #

    Really great image Deborah!
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  3. Kim at Mama Mzungu October 8, 2012 at 10:53 am #

    Weirdly beautiful. I almost want to frame this.
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  4. Lady Jennie October 9, 2012 at 9:08 pm #

    Love the photo! I’ve seen that once or twice – the sawed off apartments on a condemned building.
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  5. anna October 12, 2012 at 4:33 am #

    eerie. i always like to steal glimpses into vacated lives.
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