DAVID ALIAGA/ It’s been a while since the last Qatar 2015 post. Sorry for that, lots of work lately. Well. Let’s catch it up a bit. Once in Qatar, I was in charge of shooting the whole event to edit a photo book. First issue, being just one photographer to shoot 24 teams in 3 different venues, the same days at the same times. The good thing, I had the whole group stage lasting about 10 days to go around the venues to cover every single team at least once. Let’s figure it out the puzzle I had in my mind the last days of competition, crossing out on a paper the teams covered and the left ones. Finally I could sort it out. First goal accomplished.
Next stage, portrait the city, the country, the surroundings of the World Championship. One of my stops was Katara , the cultural city next to Doha. I didn’t know anything about this place until I was there. I was dissapointed at the very first moment, because there were nobody around. I thought, how to portrait the culture, the living, the people… without them?! Then, after deeping inside the city, the streets, the corners, I realized It could be a good chance to show the architecture -a big part of the qatari culture lately- the lines, the empty spaces. I mounted my wide angle lens and started shooting. Now, when I check the images I see a kind of feeling I had after a few days staying in Qatar, everything exuded artificiality, like being in a theme park. And this feeling increased, not with the new and modern buildings – built in this right period of time with his appearance of nowadays- but with the buildings and architecture copying the ancient ones. And the Souq Wakif is a good sign of this.
This old market dates back at least a hundred of years but it was torn down recently and rebuilt in traditional architecture styles. At first sight you feel like being in an old souk but the more you approach of the buildings and constructions, the more you see they are new. Despite this, it’s quite a good experience walk by the small streets, passages and squares and smell the spices, food and beverages, and a very good spot to portrait the Doha daily living. Stay tuned!