In another crazy turn of events (welcome to my life), I have ended up moving from small-town Al Ain to the heart of Dubai. I have also stopped teaching in order to develop my work as a photographer as well as pursue some of my other interests! It’s equal parts exciting and intimidating and nerve-wracking and invigorating, and I may be in slightly over my head, but I couldn’t be more excited to have several months where I can focus solely on showing my work and meeting other artists.
Plans are already starting to be developed, though! I’ve met an artist/designer who has an amazing line called Neon Edge here in Dubai, and she’s bringing me into the art world here by offering to host some of my work in her studio during the Sikka Art Fair from March 14-24. Stay tuned for photos, and fingers crossed this will lead to new opportunities! Also, over the next few weeks there will thousands of photos added to this site, my site for my domestic work will be completed, I’m going to be submitting portfolios to different publications, networking with other artists and photography groups, and investigating galleries here in the UAE that might show my work. And then just for fun I’m also going to be taking a course to become a scuba dive instructor, so I’m not anticipating too much free time, but I’m also not complaining about it!
I really appreciate the support I’ve received from everyone here in Dubai and I’m looking forward to big things, so stay tuned and wish me luck!
I have to very quickly say THANK YOU to everyone who made my last show such an overwhelming success! I was able to sell two dozen photos at Ella’s!! I am so humbled by the warm reception and wonderful support I’ve received there and at all my shows in Grand Rapids. I am loving every minute of my slow but steady transition from teacher to photographer; it’s the best kind of stress there is.
New shows are being discussed here in Dubai, and I also have plans to do portraits and take product shots for some of the many, many friends I have made in my new home.
One of my New Year’s resolutions is to get this site and Photos From A Broad in America up to date by February with the backlog of photos I have from Puerto Rico, the US, Canada, and now Oman. Oh, dear, lots of work, but like I said it’s good stress!
So again, shukran jazheelin to everyone who has bought pictures or otherwise supported my work. It makes me incredibly happy that my work has touched you!
Well, I have clearly been MIA for a little while, but I have a good reason:
I moved to the Middle East!!
Yep, I was offered a teaching position in Al Ain, about 1.5 hours from Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. So I left Michigan at the absolutely perfect moment, the height of fall, and am now out in the Arabian desert (in equally amazing weather, actually, it’s not 140 until July) teaching middle and high school science. And in the six weeks I’ve been here I’ve managed to become head of the science department, which means an exciting opportunity to grow as a teacher!
So it’s been two months now, and while I haven’t bought a camel yet, I have just come back from 2.5 weeks of camping and 4 wheel driving in the mountains of Oman! Scary, beautiful, exciting, exotic, a little dangerous, and a chance to make several new friends, my holiday had all the ingredients for an amazing time that produced a lot of beautiful photos.
So I’ll be editing and polishing and prepping and hopefully POSTING photos quite soon here. Unfortunately, I’m still working on photos from my pan-American/Canadian road trip from the summer, so please be patient. 🙂
Love to all my family and best wishes for everyone in 2013!
Kull aam wa-‘antum bi-khayr! (Happy New Year!)