Beachroad chat to Farah Al Balooshi an architect and self-taught photographer who uses a DSLR camera and iPhone to capture the beauty of her subjects in their simplest form. Her fascination with the art of black and white photography led her towards a goal to master it by combining with it a style that best describes her as an artist of Minimalism. Farah has shown her work at several galleries including Abu Dhabi Art Hub, RAK Fine Art Festival, DUCTAC, JamJar, Gulf Photo Plus, Marsam Mattar, FN Design and Sikka Art Fair 2015. She aims to inspire and create projects that will make a difference and help those in need through Art and Architecture, as well as combining her photographic work with other mediums to present her style in future art projects.
NAME? // Farah Al Balooshi.
YOUR FIRST JOB? // Banker.
YOUR CURRENT OCCUPATION? // Freelance Photographer.
YOUR GREATEST LOVE? // Art.
YOUR GREATEST FEAR? // Being forgotten when I'm gone.
WHAT IS YOUR EARLIEST MEMORY? // When I was 2 years old, posing at the Volcano fountain in Abu Dhabi Corniche for a picture taken by my Uncle using an old slide film camera.
WHO IS YOUR ROLE MODEL AND WHY? // My mother because there is no other person in the world that can take her place and she has taught me to be patient and kind in life no matter what happens.
WHAT WAS THE LAST GIFT YOU GAVE SOMEONE? // My sister, a bracelet with charms that symbolise all the things she loves.
IF YOU WERE 80 YEARS OLD, WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE YOUR CHILDREN? // Be patient and kind.
YOUR WORST TRAIT? // Perfectionist.
THE WORST TRAIT IN OTHERS THAT GETS YOU MAD? // Ignorance.
FAVOURITE MUSIC? // None.
LAST RECORD YOU BOUGHT? // None.
FAVOURITE BOOK? // The Quraan.
LAST BOOK YOU BOUGHT? // You can be the happiest woman in the world by Dr. A'id Al-Qarni.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU? // Life and Nature.
THE CLOSEST YOU HAVE COME TO DEATH? // Never.
FAVOURITE DESTINATION? // Zanzibar.
HOW DO YOU RELAX? // A long drive or a walk on the beach.
WHY DUBAI? // It is my home.
ARE YOU SPORTY? // Yes, Any kind of water sports.
BEACH OR DESERT? // Beach.
URBAN OR RURAL? // Rural.
CATS OR DOGS? // Cats.
COFFEE OR TEA? // Tea.
WHAT YOU MAKES YOU LAUGH? // Cats.
WHAT MAKES YOU CRY? // Cruelty to any living being.
YOUR MESSAGE? // Simplicity is beauty.