Armed with drones and wide-angle lenses, a new generation of videographer is helping to reveal the many textures of Sharjah from the best vantage point of all – directly overhead.
Although relatively small is size, the diversity of textures, topographies and tones across the emirate Sharjah is little short of remarkable. The red-hued deserts of its centre, the granite shards of its mountainous south, the verdant richness of its coastal east and, in the west, the modern, urban expanses of the city combine to create a vibrant tapestry perhaps unique to this corner of the Middle East.
Such contrast in landscape is often best appreciated from the air, where broad, uninterrupted views can provide a series of canvases rich in detail. The advent of the drone has enabled a new generation of landscape photographers and videographers to produce and unending supply of striking images of these ever-changing moods – both natural and man-made.
Mina Adly Bekhit, a UAE-based Egyptian filmmaker, and photographer Dany Eid from Lebanon, are two of them, and their portfolios are filled with swooping, spiraling shots of Sharjah’s many highlights. They include staggering overhead shots of the likes of Al Majaz Amphitheatre in Khalid Lagoon and Al-Noor Mosque in Sharjah city, Al-Rafisah Dam in the Shamailiyyah Mountains, the deserts of Mleiha and the mangroves of Khor Kalba.
Taken together, they provide a moving montage of this remarkable emirate.
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