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We visited Dubai Design District #D3 yesterday which celebrated the near completion of phase 1 of its development. I’d like to see in the coming months how it intends on on being different from other developments like Dubai Media City (DMC) and Tecom. At the opening there were food trucks, a bubble gum factory, pop-up stores celebrating local designers, many creative initiatives and several stages for performances. We saw a great performance from #TalvinSingh among others. The vibe was good and with all these temporary structures providing the energy and buzz, I’d like to see how it will foster and support designers and design businesses once the ‘permanent’ structures of the district are left to there own devices.
By Mark Woodward, Creative Director
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Creation of a photography style, campaign concepts, storyboards and image library projecting the real life of Dubai.
Dubai Tourism approached us to explore different ideas for an image library and photostyle. We worked closely with the marketing team to capture a side of Dubai that was not seen by locals, expats and Gulf tourists and international travellers. We used our in-depth knowledge of the Emirate to seek out and document the city, its people and the life outside of the city. We chose to photograph the destination in a documentary style to portray the subject as naturally as possible. If you’d like to see more of what we shot you can visit Katarina Premfors website. Katarina is a director at AirSpace and responsible for the images and art direction for the Dubai Tourism photostyle.
Last week Katarina and I found ourselves at the Camel Beauty Contest in Al Dhafra, 1 hour from Abu Dhabi. Actually, I was more a tag-along to a well-planned project that Mohamed Somji (Gulf Photo Plus) and Katarina (katarinapremfors.com) had organised. The event has a more official title – Al Dhafra Festival, but we were there for the Camels on Katarina and Mohamed’s personal project. The idea was to shoot one of the winning camels of the Mazayna Al Dhafra (the main competition of the festival). Fact: 25,000 camels take part in the event, with last years winning camel receiving a whooping AED 20-22 million in prize money.
Katarina and Mohamed also shot the event in 2013 both noting the increase in popularity with tourists during this trip. You can view images here. Below are some pics capturing a few moments from the shoot.
Day 1: Celebrations for families of winning camels as Million Street transforms into a busy, crowded highway of people, cars and camels.
This camel was tied to the wrong sign.
Day 2: Early morning setting up equipment and backdrop before the camels entered the arena.
Day 2: Herding the camels for the competition.
Day 2: Early morning camels in the mist.
Day 2: Camel owners choosing the most placid camel for us to photograph.
Katarina and Mohamed are currently working on the actual shots involving the backdrop, so watch this space and we’ll keep you updated.
By Mark Woodward
Photography © 2015 Mark Woodward. All Rights Reserved. Please ask permission before using images.
There is much discussion surrounding colour at this time of year especially for the seasonal fashion industry seeking out new trends and rationale. This year we [the team at AirSpace] have been busy putting together our own 2015 colour palettes and reasoning behind them. Our palettes have been selected to work with the Pantone® colour of the year – Marsala (see above colour). It’s an earthy, full-bodied red wine / Indian spice hue that feels warm and rich. It is distinctive and can be used on its own or as an accent colour to many multicoloured palettes.
Our palettes complement Marsala with welcoming hues that are charismatic and sophisticated. They can be applied to textured surfaces and upholstery and also support the current vintage trend within graphic design. These swatch mixtures are flattering against many skin tones working with both Masculine and feminine graphic styles and fashion attire.
Marsala is extremely flexible and can be paired with brighter colour palettes in addition to darker, trailblazing taupes and blues.
The following palettes have been created by AirSpace Studio to pair with Marsala:
Despite Pantone®, Leatrice Eiseman and her associates providing justification around the Marsala hue, we, at AirSpace have our own take on what the colour of the year should be… We call it Acidic Coral – A vibrant and uplifting hue full of hope, drama and prosperity.
By Mark Woodward, AirSpace Studio, Dubai.
Recently, we’ve been experimenting with silk screen printing. Here’s our first attempt – keeping it simple.
A new surprise from OK Go’s new video using a drone to film the video – a combination of innovative aerial shots and ground level fly through footage. It continues their tradition (brand positioning) of pushing the limits of choreography in one take. Great Music video and super entertaining to watch! Directed by Morihiro Harano.
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