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Published December 30th, 2011

I don't know about you, Ladies and Gents, but for me, 2011 was great. Beyond great.

I -finally- figured it all out. Well, at least a big part of it. Now I know where my true passion and gifts lay.

I've completely surrendered to photography, time-lapse photography in particular. Jumped in with both feet. I thoroughly enjoyed producing short films, commercials and corporate films for Timesand Studios (

I met lots of new, fascinating people. Some of them inspired me, helped me, encouraged me to try new things, to push even harder and to NEVER give up.

So I worked hard and then even harder...I read every book and article there was to read about the arts of photography, filmmaking, editing...then I compulsively practiced and practiced. On weekends. At nights. I took more than 100,000 photos this year and all this while, I never stopped having fun.

Success followed; I half dozen awards and two major photographic competitions this year. I received numerous accolades and massive media exposure for my first time-lapse film ABU DHABI 2011 ( which lead to some extremely interesting clients, contacts and exciting film projects I can't talk about...yet. ;) I will announce them soon...can't wait.

So here's what I learned this year: if you have a dream, chase like a demon. Life's too precious and short to waste it on a couch with a remote control in your right hand. No more regrets and 'i could've, I should've' excuses.

If there's something you want to do in your life; do it. Right there and right then.If it doesn't pan out, at least you will have tried. You'll never regret that.

Have a great New Year!

Below are some of the moments that defined my 2011.

with love



Abu Dhabi Week cover

My first photograph on the cover of the major UAE magazine



1st prize for Earth Hour photo contest sponsored by WWF and ADGAS

  • June 7th, 2011
  • Canon EOS 60D
  • 36mm / f/10 / 1/60 sec

The National interview

my first major interview at The National newspaper

  • April 28th, 2011
  • Canon EOS 60D
  • 39mm / f/5.6 / 1/160 sec

featured Yahoo! home page

my time lapse film ABU DHABI 2011 went viral after Yahoo! Maktoob featured it on the home page...for 3 straight days!



ABU DHABI 2011 time lapse was a massive success which got me a huge media exposure

  • May 31st, 2011
  • Canon EOS 60D
  • 55mm / f/5.6 / 1/10 sec

MSN features ABU DHABI 2011

ABU DHABI 2011 time lapse was a massive success which got me a huge media exposure

  • June 1st, 2011

Dubai One interview

ABU DHABI 2011 time lapse was a massive success which got me a huge media exposure. Here I was featured on a Live TV, DUBAI ONE

  • May 31st, 2011

City 7 feature

ABU DHABI 2011 and me were featured on the news of CITY 7 TV

  • August 7th, 2011


ABU DHABI 2011 and me featured on AD TV during the news

  • May 31st, 2011

Gulf News Photograph of the Month

I won the 1st prize for the photograph of the month on Gulf News

  • May 31st, 2011
  • Canon EOS 60D
  • 33mm / f/5.6 / 1/10 sec

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