Close your Eyes and Jump

A few of the major tourist attractions in Dubai are the shopping malls, among them the Dubai Mall. It happens to be the largest shopping mall in the world and it is located right next to the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa. After walking around in the Dubai Mall for about half a day, I came to a corner with a huge fountain that resembled a waterfall. Installed on the waterfall were actual size metal sculptures of men flying down the waterfall. The entire installation spanned from the mall’s basement to the roof, I think about 4 or 5 floors total.
I walked around a lot on all the different levels, looking for a good angle to take a photo and trying many different compositions. Since it was 9 in the morning, not many people were around and the sun was shining through the glass roof at a perfect angle. In total, I spent half an hour here and took 42 photos.

Close your Eyes and Jump

And it wasn’t easy to choose the best one among them, but I ultimately picked the 15th photo I took. The fact that the scene was almost black and white in reality and that the top left corner could be made entirely black greatly simplified the post processing. I am so happy with the result that I got it printed on canvas and put it up on my wall. Now I look at it every morning when I wake up.

P.S.: The title came from a song that was playing as part of a mix I was listening to while processing the photo: Chuckie feat. Maiday – Skydive

2 thoughts on “Close your Eyes and Jump

  1. roddy gordon

    Hi, I stumbled across your shot from Dubai Mall and recognised the imagery as I live in Dubai. This is a terrific shot, better than I have seen of this art. Congratulations on capturing it so beautifully.

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