One shot interview with Nick Hannes

September 14, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

One shot interview with Nick Hannes

Dubai. Bread and CircusesDubai. Bread and CircusesDubai, United Arab Emirates, January 5, 2017
Emirati boys are playing pool at Hub Zero, an entertainment hub and fully interactive gaming park located in City Walk shopping mall.

Title: Hub Zero, Dubai, UAE, 2017.


What made you push the shutter button to capture this image?


The combination of the Arabs in traditional costume and the futuristic interior.


Is this image part of a wider project, if so what is the projects focus?


It’s a key photograph from my series ‘Garden of Delight’, a documentary on market-driven urbanization and the role of the entertainment industry in Dubai.


Why is this image special to you?


It is an immediately readable but surprising photograph, which goes beyond stereotypical imaging. Content, aesthetics, composition and timing coincide perfectly. It is a spatial photograph in which each person depicted is in the right place. It is also a theatrical image, which appears staged but is not. It's a good example of the esthetics that I'm after when I go out shooting.


Is there any photography books that inspired you to capture this image?


No. But in general I feel a certain kinship with Brueghel’s gaze and Jacques Tati’s humour.


What camera are you currently using?


Nikon D810 and Sony Alpha 7R III


Please tell us about yourself


I’m a Belgian photographer. I studied photography at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent. After 8 years of working as a photojournalist, I decided to fully concentrate on self-initiated documentary projects. I focus on socio-political issues such as migration, urbanization and ecology, using humour, irony and visual metaphors. Books and exhibitions are the main output of my photographic work. Since 2008 I teach photography at the School of Arts in Ghent. I am represented by Panos Pictures in London.


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