Filipino photo exhibition serenades Qatar

 18 Aug 2017 - 11:59

Filipino photo exhibition serenades Qatar
Philippine Ambassador Alan L Timbayan and Katara Human Resources Manager Saif Al Dosari at the exhibition at Katara. Pic: Baher Amin / The Peninsula

By Raynald C Rivera / The Peninsula

Forty-three spectacular images captured on lens by 32 Filipino photography enthusiasts line the walls of Gallery 2 in Katara Building 19 at the “Qatar through Filipino Lenses” exhibition which launched yesterday.

The collection of photographs depicts some of the most unique structures, popular places and scenic sights found in the country and serves as the artists’ fitting tribute to Qatar they regard as their second home. It projects the distinct point of view of the Filipino artists on Qatar with the photos they took from the mundane corners of Doha and its busy souqs to the city’s towering skyscrapers and architectural wonders to the country’s picturesque desert landscapes and charming seafronts.



Among the well-known landmarks featured in the show are the Museum of Islamic Art, the Corniche, Souq Waqif, Katara, The Pearl Qatar, Abdul Wahhab Mosque, The Torch Hotel and Fanar tower. Photos of Arabian horses, traditional dhows and falcons also figure prominently in the sundry collection.  

A first for the community, the photo exhibition was opened by Philippine Ambassador Alan L Timbayan and Katara Human Resources Manager Saif Al Dosari in the presence of ambassadors and members of the diplomatic community, the participating artists, Filipino community leaders and a large number of local media.

Speaking at the gathering, Ambassador Timbayan lauded the participants for their talent and passion in their art evident in the stunning array of photos on display that reflect Qatar’s vibrant art scene and its fast-paced development.



“It is through their eyes that we see Qatar’s architecture, people and natural wonders. They present a unique perspective of the blending of the old and the new, progress and history which define Qatar’s development as a country and as a society,” said Timbayan.

He expressed deep appreciation for Katara’s “keen interest in working together to promote cultural activities and for providing opportunities for artistic expression.

“We look forward to working with you again in the future under the ambit of our newly signed Culture Cooperation Agreement,” he added.

“The exhibition documents the features of Qatar through the lenses of the Filipino community living in Doha, which reflects the ambitious citizens residing on the lands of Qatar, living as one community regardless of their culture or nationality,” said Al Dosari.



He added, “Stemming from Katara’s keenness to build communication bridges that connect people from all walks of life, we tend to see a wide range of exhibitions and events that showcase various cultures. In addition, we are fully aware that culture with all its branches comes in as a common language that transcends bonds with different countries, and increases the rapprochement between all nations regardless of their history or geographical features.”

The photographs were chosen among submissions by members of photography organisations recognised by the Philippine Embassy including Doha Shutter Bugz, Picture in Action Photography Club, Pinoy Lente, The Catchers of Light Qatar, Qamera Club and Doha Pinoy Shooters. The exhibition is open to the public until August 27 from 10am to 10pm.

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