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3D photos

The idea of time passing is also explored in two large-scale photographic works entitled ‘Changing Forms’. In ‘Changing Forms I’ of the photograph captures the changing historical form of the burqa by presenting three figures wearing three different Emirati burqas.  Taken as one shot with a long exposure, the dramatic black background and black abaya focus attention on the woman’s face and hands, the only parts of the body visible when a female steps outside of her house in the UAE. Intended to be read from right to left in the Arab mode, I wanted to show three generations of burqa wearers starting with the ‘grandmother’, the ‘mature woman’, and finally on the left, the ‘young married woman’. The three female gazes are averted away from the onlooker so that the burqas are the focal points. On the right is the oldest type of burqa, prevalent before the mid-twentieth century, that modestly conceals more than it reveals. The figure’s pose was intended to convey sorrow at the passing of this era and the disappearance of the full burqa. The middle image wears the slightly smaller burqa, exposing a small amount of the chin, typical of that worn in the middle of the twentieth century when the UAE was in the process of transitioning from a Bedouin to a modern society. Worn now by older women, often to hide their flaws and signs of ageing, the position of the face and the pose conveys uncertainty, paralleling her role between two generations. On the left, the smallest burqa reveals most of the face and is worn with a confident pose, suggestive of showing off, and represents the generation of younger burqa wearing women today.  The image is deliberately theatrical suggesting a living archive of the changing forms of the burqa.

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