In Between the Paradox | Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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I don’t particularly love Dubai. I don’t hate it either. It’s a place on my comme ci, comme ça list.

Before traveling to the United Arab Emirates with my mom, I was hooked on an artist named Xyza Cruz Bacani; her black and white photographs and her somewhat similar journey in life to Vivian Maier, a nanny and a photographer. We’re both Filipinas, so that made it even more interesting for me. At the airport, I decided to try something new on this trip – photographing solely in black and white. Somehow, the images and their lack of colors translated into how I felt about the place (which was different from how I felt about the trip) – a sense of magnanimous contrasts yet a developing discovery of similitude in the nature of humanity.

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You are One of the Most Beautiful Places I’ve Ever Been, so Thank You | Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Are there ever words to completely state the grandeur and elegance and serenity of The Grand Mosque? This is in total acquiescence that it is one of the most beautiful places I have been lucky to grace my presence with. There are no defenses, no reasons. There is only beauty.

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