Shaquel al Balushi looks back over 2016 and finds some favourite photographs he’s taken this year.
Time really does fly. It only feels like yesterday that I was compiling a list of my favourite pictures from 2015. But of course, here I am, already listing my favourite pictures for 2016.
I cannot lie: 2016 has been a great year for me. It all started with a glorious wedding ceremony and that truly laid the groundwork for the amazing year that was to be. But don’t get me wrong; this year, which also marks my second anniversary at Y Magazine, has been nothing short of a journey with a lot of ups and downs, complete with a myriad of emotions, hard work, blood, sweat and tears.
Behind each and every picture that you see in the magazine lay countless factors that have fallen into the right place at the right time, starting from simple elements such as the rays of the sun falling on the subject, to more complex factors such as determining the angle of the shot and the speed of the wind.
Meanwhile, 2016 has also been a year that has brought me many wonderful experiences. Whether it is heading out of the city once a week to explore the various corners of the Sultanate in my Destination assignments or meeting inspirational candidates for our Driven to Success campaign, I tend to garner a lot of information from every experience.
But of all the pictures I have clicked this year, my favourite has to be the one of the model (pictured above) who is looking into the sky in hope. Furthermore, her head is surrounded by colourful feathers. The photo, titled, “Colours of Life”, was captured during one of my daily shoots, but has to be one of the hardest pictures to recreate because of the complexity of the colours.
The image is extremely lively and vibrant, depicting the various shades of one’s life. I really love everything about this picture.
Apart from that, a few of my favourites, such as the white freckled horse that I caught a glimpse of in the Seeb beach, and photos of inspirational individuals (including an army man) wearing Omani dishdashas also make it to my list of favourite photos, thus depicting the sheer simplicity and elegance of our traditional culture. I’m extremely honoured to present these images to you, and I sincerely hope you enjoy them as much as I do.