Photo above: Sharjah / Photo © Islamic Arts Magazine
The video will be launched on the Barjeel official website on the 8th of September, as well as other social media networks. Shot over a number of locations, the video highlights both new and old scenes in the city of Sharjah. Viewers will be presented with images of the beautiful Al Majaz Waterfront, the historic Central Souq, the busy streets of Rola, and many other memorable areas of the city.
This is the first commissioned timelapse photography project of its kind in the emirate. It highlights Sharjah as a destination to the world in celebration of it being the Islamic Culture Capital of 2014.
Photographer Eric Hines was invited by Barjeel Art Foundation to fly in from the US and work on the timelapse video. While Eric had worked on a number of similar projects before, like Cityscape Chicago Timelapse, this was his first such project in the Middle East. Earlier preparation work and site research was done with assistance from Gulf Photo Plus. The soundtrack ‘Fayrouz’, which accompanies the video, was composed by the renowned composer and musician Marwan Anwer exclusively for this project.
Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi, the founder of Barjeel Art Foundation has said, "It is my hope that this venture further highlights Sharjah as a destination worth visiting for its unique combination of history, culture, museums and above all, its people. It is a truly unique location and a visit to the UAE is certainly incomplete without it".
Barjeel Art Foundation is an independent, United Arab Emirates-based initiative established to manage, preserve and exhibit the personal art collection of Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi. The foundation’s guiding principle is to contribute to the intellectual development of the art scene in the Arab region by building a prominent, publicly accessible art collection in the UAE.
Here you can see Cityscape Chicago Timelapse by Eric Hines: