Till the 16th of Februar, ‘The Square of Light,’ the 21st annual Photography Exhibition 2014 of Oman, is on display in the Gallery of the Dhofar Photographic Society in Salalah. Looking to the history of the photography, the square form of a photo is not newborn. But in an era of digital photography and cameras that interact with the development of social media (instagram), the square form in this exhibition is taken out of the virtual world to reality. Although the theme is free, the challenge lays in the angles, compositions, texture, lines, idea and the art in the image to fit the unique square dimensions, one can read in the intro of Ibrahim Said Al Busaidi, chairman of the Photographic Society.
In the 21st version of the annual competition, 261 photographers took the challenge to think outside the box, in this case the camera. Out of 1244 photos in two themes (536) photos in B&W and (708) photos in color theme, the judging panel from Belgium, Iran and Oman, selected 74 photos of 49 photographers. I made my own choice.
The Square of Light, till the 16th of Februar in the Gallery of the Dhofar Photographic Society in the building of KFC, from 8am till 8pm.