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DBM’s Artist of the Month_006 Nada Al Barazi

DBM artist of the month is the very talented Nada Al Barazi. We were able to meet this Syrian artist based in Dubai and talk about her art, inspiration as well as her previous careers.

Artist, Nada Al Barazi
Instagram @nadabarazimersi
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LAMSABYNADA/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BaraziNada

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DBM’s Artist of the Month_004 Nathaniel Alapide

DBM artist of the month is the very talented Nathaniel Alapide. We were able to meet this Dubai Sand Artist and Painter at Showcase Gallery where some of his art is currently being exhibited. We were able to talk about his art, inspiration and superpowers.

Artist, Nathaniel Alapide
Instagram @alapide_creator

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DBM’s Artist of the Month_003 Linda Hollier

DBM’s artist of the month is the very talented Linda Hollier We were able to meet this iPhone artist at her home and gallery and got the inside scoop on her art, inspiration and we even spoke about her favourite artwork and where she would love to travel next.

Artist, Linda Hollier
Facebook @LindaHollier
Instagram @Lindahollier
Twitter @Lindahollier
www.lindahollier.com

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DBM’s Artist of the Month_002 Diaa Allam

DBM’s artist of the month is the very talented Diaa Allam. We were able to meet this calligraphy artist in front of one of his murals and got the inside scoop on his art, inspiration and we even got the inside scoop on his favourite superhero.

Artist, Diaa Allam
Facebook @na7tdesigns
Instagram @na7tdesigns
Twitter @na7tdesigns

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DBM’s Artist of the Month_001 Jessica Watson-Thorp

DBM artist of the month is the very talented Jessica Watson-Thorp. We were able to meet this fine artist in her studio and got the inside scoop on her art, inspiration and what a typical day in her life looks like.

Artist, Jessica Watson-Thorp
Facebook @jwtjessicawatsonthorp
Instagram @jwtjessicawatsonthorp
Website http://www.jessicawatsonthorp.com/

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My Photography Tips

Photography TipsPhotography is something that is very close to my heart, as it captures a specific moment in time that cannot easily be relived again. For me, a good photograph is one that has the ability to evoke emotion. For every single person, there would be a certain subject that will draw more on their emotions than others. It can be a blurry photo of your childhood dog that you discover 20 years after it was taken. Or the family portrait that was taken at a wedding with certain love one unfortunately no longer there to share the moment with you. It could be a photo of an old lady laughing while enjoying a glass of wine at a small cafe in Greece.

Photography TipsNo matter what the subject of the photo is, for me, there will always be a few things that I try to create when taking photos, whether it is whilst travelling the world or just attending a family gathering or just trying out the new corner café.

The first thing and the most important for me is to try and capture a specific emotion. It could be, happiness, sadness, curiosity, anger or love. I feel the moment I feel some connection to my subject that it adds value to the end result.

Photography TipsThe second thing would be: angles. I try to capture my subjects in all sorts of different angles. Yes, this makes me that person that would most probably lie flat on my belly or do something similar to a sumo squat to get that perfect angle. Anything for the perfect shot. There are no specific rules in photography that state a tree need to be taken at exactly 90 degrees, a house needs to be taken at 91 degrees. As Zaha Hadid use to say. “There are 360 degrees so why stick to one”. Be creative!

Photography TipsThe third thing that feels is very import is to create some contrast between your foreground and background of the picture and to ensure that the subject is in the correct focus as per your desire. A sharp photo seems to portray some skill and intent and you might have people think you are a pro with your photos.

Photography TipsThe last and final point of taking good photos is to enjoy every moment of the photography process. The lens is in your hands and you have the ability to take the most beautiful photographs that you can. Will it be an award-winning or bestselling photo….. I am not sure, but what I am sure of is that you might be only one click away from capturing that one photo that sets your photo apart from anyone else’s. Therefore take that photo, share it with love once and who knows where it might take you.

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Through whose eyes do you see the world?

Kobra

Over the past few years, I have seen some of my favourite paintings around the world by artists like Da Vinci’s, Delacroix, Picasso and even the odd Kahlo, but there was just absolutely nothing that could have prepared me for the feeling I got after seeing my first Kobra, “Looking for Peace”. This Brazilian born artist is no stranger to street art and boasts murals all over the world, including Sao Paulo, Minneapolis, Tokyo, Dubai, Tahiti, Rome, Miami, New York to name a few.

Upon my first visit to LA, I just knew that I had to see this mural for myself. Located only a few minutes’ walk from the Chinese theatre on the Hollywood walk of fame at 1220 North Highland Avenue in Los Angeles. The size of the mural was just phenomenal, covering almost 4300 square feet. The vibrant use of the kaleidoscope colours, was surely one of the first things that you notice when walking down the avenue. In this mural, Kobra breaks away from his usual style of portraying subjects and rather focused on the eyes of his subjects. By looking at these three Nobel laureates, Mother Theresa, Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King, Jr. it is almost like Kobra wants to ask you, ‘through whose eyes do you see the world?’

 

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Artiste – Where Art Meets Wine

Artiste – Where Art Meets Wine

Artiste – Where Art Meets Wine

Artiste is a boutique winery and tasting studio located in Los Olivos, California. It is a place where art meets wine and creates something magical. As you enter the tasting studio, it feels like you have travelled back in time, entering a late 1800’s art studio. On the one side of the studio is a community canvas, ready for the next clients to explore their artistic skills. As you look up, you see some of the previous customers’ artwork fixed to the ceiling.

The beautiful wine bottles on display, each with its art label caught my attention. We strolled around the tasting room, tasting their wines while viewing their art and different wine bottles. The pendant light was truly a unique feature as it was created using their old wine bottles, each with a different art label.

As an art and wine lover, the thing that I loved about this winery was the story behind every bottle of wine and how art played a role in the winemaker’s process. The winemaker selects an art piece and uses this as his inspiration, to blend wine that he thinks best represents the specific art piece. The selected art piece is then used as the bottle label. I have to admit after hearing that the wines are all blends, I was a bit on the sceptical side. I was not the biggest fan of the blended wines I have tasted in the past, but boy did Artiste prove me wrong. Their wines were delicious and easy on the pallet. One of my favourites was “Girlfriends”. You really can’t help but stare at the bottle’s label while sipping on the wine trying to imagine the process the winemaker went through to link the art and wine. It was such a unique experience for me.  Artiste – Where Art Meets Wine

The beautiful wine bottles on display, each with its art label caught my attention. We strolled around the tasting room, tasting their wines while viewing their art and different wine bottles. The pendant light was truly a unique feature as it was created using their old wine bottles, each with a different art label.

As an art and wine lover, the thing that I loved about this winery was the story behind every bottle of wine and how art played a role in the winemaker’s process. The winemaker selects an art piece and uses this as his inspiration, to blend wine that he thinks best represents the specific art piece. The selected art piece is then used as the bottle label. I have to admit after hearing that the wines are all blends, I was a bit on the sceptical side. I was not the biggest fan of the blended wines I have tasted in the past, but boy did Artiste prove me wrong. Their wines were delicious and easy on the pallet. One of my favourites was “Girlfriends”. You really can’t help but stare at the bottle’s label while sipping on the wine trying to imagine the process the winemaker went through to link the art and wine. It was such a unique experience for me.

Artiste – Where Art Meets Wine

Some of the artwork that they had were just magnificent. The two artists that stood out for me were Christina LoCascio and John Bramblitt. Christina LoCascio uses wine as her painting medium. I am not someone that enjoys seeing good wine being wasted and was shocked at first, but after seeing the amazing art pieces she produced, I let it slide. The other artist, John Bramblitt was the main reason we visited this little gem of a tasting studio. We had seen a video of him and his painting technique, and I was instantly fascinated with his ability to paint so beautifully, even though he was blind. His story touched me tremendously, and I knew we had to visit Artiste on our California trip. John’s art is impressive for any artist to produce and the fact that he was doing this all as a blind artist made it even more special.

 

All the wine we tasted were beyond expectations, and every bottle label was gorgeous, if we had no restriction on the number of bottles we could fly with, we would have surely bought a lot more. Other than the art and wine the overall experience was fantastic, and we just loved this place so much. If you are ever in the Santa Barbara County area in California, be sure not to miss the place where art meets wine. Artiste, you get the DBM stamp of approval.

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Do What You Cant

“Do What You Cant” was one of the YouTube videos that changed the course of my life and when I heard the creator if the video Casey Neistat would be in Dubai, I knew I had to do everything I can to meet him.

vidxbThe day finally arrived, and that Friday morning I was up bright and early making my way to the World Trade Center for the start of the VIDXB. Upon collecting my pass, I was able to select two meet and greet wristbands and to my surprise, there was still some left for Casey Neistat and KSI. I was stocked with words and grabbed them before someone else could take them but still acting cool and calm. Afterall today was all about me pushing myself and showing the world that I am the f$@ki@g ICEBERG (another beautiful quote from Do what you cant by Casey Neistat)

I might have been a tat over prepared after studying the program a few days before and prepping for all the talks I wanted to attend.

vidxbThe first panel featured Anas Bukhash. This founding partner of the Bukhash Brothers. He has been an inspiration to me since watching one of his TedTalks a while back for the first time. It was such an honor to have been able to meet him in person as well. I am sure we will see much more amazing work from this hard-working Emirati entrepreneur.

Sitting in the centre of the front row (best seat in the room) I was about the see Casey Neistat in person for the first time. The entire time before he came up I was amazed at how intimate space it was and I had to pinch myself a few times while he was sitting less than 2 meters from me. The panel was epic led by Emirati filmmaker and storyteller, Peyman Al Awadhi. ) We were able to get a little bit more insight into the life of this fantastic content creator.

vidxbAs the program was pretty full and pressed for time Casey was whisked away shortly after his talk. I made my way over to the meet and greet with English YouTube personality, comedian and actor, KSI.  He was indeed such a humble guy taking time to talk to me for a few minutes.

Inbetween talks I was roaming around the venue, and there were content creators everywhere. I. Was able to grab a few selfies with the likes of Max of Arabia, Adventure Factory, Priti Malik as well as Its OZX.

I was able to give some of my Coffee Addiction Collection products to the likes of Lele Ponds, Hannah Stocking, Haifa Beseisso and even a few special sesame street characters DBM was surely making its mark at VIDXB.

vidxbJust as I thought the day could not get any better, it was time for my meet and greet with Casey Neistat. The queue grew longer, and while waiting, I was graced with the presence of some of the Dubai royal family and Casey right next to me. What an experience. The queue started to move, and before I knew it it was my time to meet Casey, for some reason I was so nervous the words could bearly come out, we took a photo, and I gave him a few DBM coffee addiction products. There was just something special about him. Bucket list ticked.

VIDXB was a day like no other. I learned a few new tricks of the trade and met the most wonderful people. As I looked back, I am humbled and blessed to have been able to meet the people I have met and to realize that I am doing exactly what I love and loving what I do and it all started with a little inspiration from Casey Neistat, therefore, go out and Do what you cant.

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