When I checked the website of Expo Dubai 2020, I was impressed with the architecture of the pavilions. I felt that if I visited the Expo, it would be like visiting many countries together all at one time. I’m interested in mixing architectural photography with travel/street photography. My goal in this case was to capture the building and structure from a unique angle and at the same time show a human figure to give a sense of scale to the viewer.
I kept checking the Expo website to learn more about the pavilions and to see the online graphic images of the pavilions from different angles. I also checked out the virtual tour to decide which pavilions I wanted going to photograph. Researching was important to me to understand what angle and composition I’d photograph. I always like to see how other photographers shoot the subject so I can shoot it in a different way.
I found out that the Expo was scheduled to start on October first. I followed their page on Instagram and waited for 25 days to see the pictures produced by photographers on the pavilions to see how similar they were to the graphics on their website. Then I applied for a visa and booked a flight and hotel and traveled to Dubai.
While researching, I found out that the Expo is divided into three districts which are Sustainability, Mobility and Opportunity. I decided to visit a single district each day and take pictures. After finishing the three districts in three days, I revisited them to take more pictures because I believe that visiting an interesting place for the first time impresses you to the point where you might end up taking normal tourist pictures, but re-visiting again without that initial impact will help you take pictures in your own style.
I chose a hotel close to the Expo and went to photograph there during the week because I heard that it was very crowded on the weekends. Overall, I enjoyed photographing the Expo and I hope that you enjoy my pictures.