We wonder why black and white pictures capture soul. I think it’s cause without color, we aren’t drawn to the makup, or the color of our eyes, or how tan our skin is. black and white captures the innocence on one’s face and the hurt they’ve gone through to feel vulnerable. The glow we see comes from inside, brightening our eyes, our skin, and our smile.
Dubai has come a long way and certainly grown up (quite literally) since the 60’s when Bastakiya was the city. Yohann takes us back to the roots of Dubai and documents working life on the Creek’s old but still pulsating heart, in a series of these 6 images
The images suggest much more than a fragment of time but are more of a record of a slower moving stage in Dubai’s history. Yohann’s collection is gritty, raw and grounded whilst still keeping emotion at the foreground. The collection provides direct access to working life in Dubai, capturing those who really underpin the infrastructure.
Text by Jo Arganaraz