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Challenging photos

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.

The Square of Light

The Square of Light

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.

‘Patience’ from first prize winner Mohamed Ali Rasool Bakhsh Al Bulushi, shows a young teenager full of confidence. It would be nice to know what he is thinking about...captured in a square of light.

‘Patience’ from first prize winner Mohamed Ali Rasool Bakhsh Al Bulushi, shows a young teenager full of confidence. It would be nice to know what he is thinking about…captured in a square of light.

‘To the Market’ from Ahmed Mohamed Hamdoon Al Touqi, make you witness the life of two boys in their rural environment catched in a square box of light.

‘To the Market’ from Ahmed Mohamed Hamdoon Al Touqi, make you witness the life of two boys in their rural environment captured in a square box of light.

‘100 years,’ from AbdulRahman Said Abdullah Al Adawi, is a respectful homage at the age of a woman still proudly wearing her jewels with a look in the eyes of a life full of experience, beautiful captured in the square of light.

‘100 years,’ from AbdulRahman Said Abdullah Al Adawi, is a respectful homage at the age of a woman still proudly wearing her jewels with a look in the eyes of a life full of experience, beautiful captured in the square of light.

‘Invasion Media’ from Fahim Ibrahim Saif Al Malki is pure in lines and message and raises a lot of questions without answers...or solutions....about the writing media captured in a square of light.

‘Invasion Media’ from Fahim Ibrahim Saif Al Malki is pure in lines and message and raises a lot of questions without answers…or solutions….about the writing media captured in a square of light.

‘Think Outside the box’ from Qais Ayoub Mohammed Al Hajri, is strong and delicate in theme and in the way how the thinking out of the square of light could look like.

‘Think Outside the box’ from Qais Ayoub Mohammed Al Hajri, is strong and delicate in theme and in the way how the thinking out of the square of light could look like.

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.

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