After a short conversation on Twitter a couple of days ago (sparked by this article) about the huge amount of images (a lot of times very “unoriginal” angles) being posted with the Dubai skyline from just about any roof there is around Burj Khalifa, I started thinking about why images like that are constantly being shot by almost all the photographers who visit Dubai. I’ve been photographing Dubai’s growing skyline for a few years now and although these type of shots have mostly lost their appeal to me, I still enjoy the odd evening of being somewhere high with a camera and looking at what new buildings have popped up, comparing with old images I have taken and figuring out some new angles. Think of it as almost documentary… documenting the city’s growth.
For photographers not living here, I can only imagine the first time they visit Dubai, after seeing so many images of its skyline, all they want is to get to those high vantage points and take those shots. But as a suggestion, try to see the city through your own eyes, rather than through the images you’ve seen posted before. This is a bit like asking another photographer to place the camera for you, while you’re just there to push the button. Dubai is a really interesting place with many facets and even its skyline can be seen from so many different points of view.