A R M E N I A

People asked me why travel in Armenia. The fact that there is a huge language barrier in Armenia, the people here are super sweet and extra nice and will definitely make sure to put an effort to communicate with you (thru Google Translate). They will pull over and let you cross the street. They will automatically bring you vase filled with water if you come in with a flower in a restaurant or cafe. I met some of the most beautiful and authentic people out here. They may look tough from the outside but they’re softies inside. Courteousness is definitely their thing, which a lot of countries lack nowadays. I can say that chivalry isn’t dead in Armenia.

We have been slaves of technology and social media but surprisingly, I didn’t see any single person on his phone anywhere on the streets of Yerevan. They prefer to talk face to face. And did I mention the weather? I could live here forever. I survived a negative temperature on top of a snowcapped mountain in Sevan. I maybe a city girl but I still long for simple things in life.

I would like to thank Ararat Hotel for taking good care of us all through out our stay in Yerevan. You guys rock our world!

Thank you Alibi Club for allowing us to celebrate our friend’s birthday, for the free drinks and for playing the dopest beats there is! You guys are the bomb!

Thank you Louis Charden for letting us in your Pinterest-like cafe even though it was super late and made sure we can have a glass of wine in celebration of our friend’s birthday!

We also enjoyed tasty home cooked Armenian meals in Garni – Geghard courtesy of Sergey’s Place.

We were all mesmerised by this magical place called El Garden located near the Genocide Museum in Yerevan.

ARMENIA – PLEASE ADOPT ME!!

By the way, all photos are shot with Fuji XT1 with XF 16-55 mm weather resistant, dust resistant, -10  degrees Celsius low-temparature operation lens. As you can see in the photos, it was all snows and rains but i was still able to take beautiful images. This camera and lens withstand the weather condition and I am just glad I brought them with me.

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a l d h a f r a c a m e l f e s t i v a l

Hello everyone! Before the year ends, I just want to wish you all a HAPPY and ABUNDANT 2016!

Indeed, this year has been an awesome year for me (and I hope for you too), from being selected to be a part of Apple World Gallery to being a full time professional photographer to taking over Instagram accounts to being a brand ambassador (I did a radio guesting too, yay :)) I have so many things to be thankful for and people to be grateful for (you know who you are :)).

I am hoping that this coming year will be more exciting for all of us. May it bring us peace, creativity, opportunities, adventures and success.

And for my last post for this year, I would like to share some of the photos I have took at Al Dhafra Camel Festival last week.

See you all next year!

xx Debbie
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Debbie F. On Apple World Gallery

Hello again!

I guess this time you are all aware of my inclusion in Apple World Gallery #ShotOniPhone6. Wherein they picked photographers (pro and amateur) to be a part of this award winning campaign and the largest mobile photography gallery ever assembled to be featured in 70 cities in 25 countries through billboards and magazines in subways, highways and airports. It is an honor to be a part of it and I am so lucky to have met some of the Apple World Gallery photographers on Twitter and Instagram. Helping each other to look out for our images. I cannot thank my friends in real life and my instafriends enough for their undying support in helping me find my Apple image/billboard while they are on their holidays.

I would like to share some of the photos they have sent me and some photos I have screenshot on Twitter. If ever you see my image anywhere in the world, please do not hesitate to take a shot of it and send it over to me at hello@debbiefortes.com. I appreciate each and every one’s help and support! Peace! 🙂

 

MANHATTAN, NEW YORK, USA

Manhattan, New York Photo Credit: Brand Cities
Manhattan, New York
Photo Credit: Branded Cities
Manhattan,New York Photo credit: Brand Cities
Manhattan,New York
Photo credit: Branded Cities
Manhattan, New York Photo credit: Yasmine Ferdjani
Manhattan, New York
Photo credit: Yasmine Ferdjani
W 47th St. New York, NY Photo credit: Leslie Parrott
W 47th St. New York, NY
Photo credit: Leslie Parrott
W 47th St. New York, NY Photo credit: Leslie Parrott
W 47th St. New York, NY
Photo credit: Leslie Parrott
W 47th St. New York, NY Photo credit: Leslie Parrott
W 47th St. New York, NY
Photo credit: Leslie Parrott

 

BARCELONA, SPAIN

Barcelona, Spain Photo credit: Ahmed El Gamal
Barcelona, Spain
Photo credit: Ahmed El Gamal
Barcelona, Spain Photo credit: Ahmed El Gamal
Barcelona, Spain
Photo credit: Ahmed El Gamal
A street across from Placa de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain Photo taken by: Rula El Kaliouby
A street across from Placa de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain
Photo taken by: Rula El Kaliouby

 

 

BERLIN, GERMANY

Berlin, Germany Photo credit: Ahmed El Gamal
Berlin, Germany
Photo credit: Ahmed El Gamal

 

Berlin, Germany Photo credit: Ahmed El Gamal
Berlin, Germany
Photo credit: Ahmed El Gamal

 

HAMBURG, GERMANY

Hamburg Central Station, Germany Photo credit: Huda Bin Redha
Hamburg Central Station, Germany
Photo credit: Huda Bin Redha
Hamburg Central Station, Germany Photo credit: Huda Bin Redha
Hamburg Central Station, Germany
Photo credit: Huda Bin Redha
Hamburg Central Station, Germany Photo credit: Huda Bin Redha
Hamburg Central Station, Germany
Photo credit: Huda Bin Redha

 

FRANKFURT, GERMANY

Frankfurt Terminal 2, Germany Photo taken by: Ahmed El Gamal
Frankfurt Terminal 2, Germany
Photo taken by: Ahmed El Gamal
Frankfurt Terminal 2, Germany Photo taken by: Ahmed El Gamal
Frankfurt Terminal 2, Germany
Photo taken by: Ahmed El Gamal
Frankfurt Terminal 2, Germany Photo taken by: Ahmed El Gamal
Frankfurt Terminal 2, Germany
Photo taken by: Ahmed El Gamal

 

LONDON, UK

Camden Town station, London Photo credit: Hyku Desesto
Camden Town station, London
Photo credit: Hyku Desesto
Monument Station, London UK Photo credit: Hyku Desesto
Monument Station, London UK
Photo credit: Hyku Desesto
Monument Station, London UK Photo credit: Robbie
Monument Station, London UK
Photo credit: Robbie
Somewhere in London Photo credit: Karen McLean
Somewhere in London
Photo credit: Karen McLean
Waterloo Station, London, UK Photo credit: Hyku Desesto
Waterloo Station, London, UK
Photo credit: Hyku Desesto
Oxford Circus Station, London UK Photo credit: Jakub Mroz
Oxford Circus Station, London UK
Photo credit: Jakub Mroz
Oxford Circus Station, London UK Photo credit: Jakub Mroz
Oxford Circus Station, London UK
Photo credit: Jakub Mroz

 

PARIS, FRANCE

St. Lazare Station, Paris France Photo credit: Karen McLean
St. Lazare Station, Paris France
Photo credit: Karen McLean

 

ABU DHABI AND DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Abu Dhabi Airport Terminal 1, Departure Photo taken by: Altamash Javed
Abu Dhabi Airport Terminal 1, Departure
Photo taken by: Altamash Javed
Abu Dhabi Airport Terminal 1, Departure Photo credit: Me
Abu Dhabi Airport Terminal 1, Departure
Photo credit: Me
Dubai Airport, Terminal 3, Arrivals Photo credit: Kriks Krikorian
Dubai Airport, Terminal 3, Arrivals
Photo credit: Kriks Krikorian

 

MUMBAI, INDIA

Mumbai, India Photo credit: Geet Rathi
Mumbai, India
Photo credit: Geet Rathi
Mumbai, India Photo credit: Internet
Mumbai, India
Photo credit: Internet

 

WASHINGTON, DC USA

Street Sense HQ Washington, DC USA Photo credit: Street Sense
Street Sense HQ
Washington, DC USA
Photo credit: Street Sense

 

AUSTRALIA

Men's Fitness Australia Photo taken by: Peter David
Men’s Fitness
Australia
Photo taken by: Peter David

#ShotOniPhone6

Hello everyone! I am honored and excited to let you all know that one of my images from the Empty Quarter or Rub’ al Khali in Abu Dhabi has made it to Apple’s award winning World Gallery #ShotOniPhone6 Campaign. The first use was in a Spanish travel magazine called De Viajes, it went on sale last June 24th. I cannot wait to see it on billboards around the globe soon!

I ask each one of you to help me look for my image, may it be on print or outdoor, by taking a photo and sending it to my email: hello@debbiefortes.com. I will update this entry every now and then by putting up the photos you guys took along with credits.

Am looking forward to seeing all the photos taken by you from all over the world. Thank you!

The Empty Quarter, Abu Dhabi UAE. Part of Apple's World Gallery
The Empty Quarter, Abu Dhabi UAE. Part of Apple’s World Gallery

QASBA

Recently Discover UAE, a project based Instagram account aiming to explore United Arab Emirates, held their first instameet/instawalk in Qasba located in the Emirate of Sharjah.

“Qasba – 10,0000-acre project including a 1 km-long man-made canal and 60m high observation wheel, it was made open for the public in 2005. It includes Masrah Al Qasba, a theatre, the Maraya Art Centre, the Multaqa Al Qasba meetings and conference centre and a children’s Fun Zone. The project, managed by the Al Qasba Development Authority (an affiliate of Shurooq) has an architectural design including pedestrian bridges, boats, and lagoons. It attracted two million visitors in 2011. (Source: Wikipedia)”

I am very happy to have returned and explored around this place again with other fellow Instagrammers/Instafriends.

Here are some of the photos I took of Qasba and its tunnel and gorgeous mirror like canal.

PS: i just learned how to create a watermark on photoshop hehe.. 🙂

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#WWIM10_Dubai

Community members of Instagrammers Dubai and Peeta Planet team actively participated the 10th Worldwide Instameet held last October 5th. The theme was “Chasing Sunrise”. The members gathered at the Creek Metro Station at dawn. During this time, each members were given some Instagram freebies such as stickers, badges and pens.

First, we covered Saif Mohd Belqaizi Shipbuilding Yard which is located just a few steps away from the Creek Metro Station. The place may be an unlikely place to have an Instameet but I was fortunate that I woke up at 5am and witness a hidden gem behind those high walls of Jadaf. I am truly amazed at the ships being built and according to a shipbuilder one ship can take 5-10 years to be finished.

Here are some of my photos taken at the #WWIM10_Dubai. I was trying to mute the colors and decided to go B&W this time.

And oh by the way, Instagram just made me their SUGGESTED USER follow me if you haven’t @needlez_and_pinzz

Peace and love x

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#MyDubaiTrip part 1

One fine Saturday. I woke up at 5am. Made sure my camera batteries were fully charged. As usual, I wore black and my vans sneakers. I know we will be out all day and I don’t know what to expect at the camel racetrack. All set for what seemed to be a whole day activity with some of the best Dubai based  and International Igers 🙂

First stop at the Al Marmoum Camel Racetrack along Al Ain – Dubai Road. Here are some of my photos.

Camera: Fujifilm XE1

Lens: 18 -55 mm

 

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Galleries Night at Alserkal Avenue

Sept 15, 2014 – We went to the opening of Galleries Night at AlSerkal Avenue in Al Quoz.

I came from a family of artists. Little did anyone know, I have an uncle who was a mixed media artist and was based in Australia. My mum always helped me with my school projects and she herself is an amazing sketcher too. I have always been amazed on how she blends the colors. It somehow influenced me to be an art enthusiast.

I feel lucky that Dubai and the UAE is actively encouraging artists to showcase their skills and talent by having events like Galleries Night. The event was a success. I have met with some of the Instagrammers and did a mini Instameet.

Here are some of the photos I took..

 

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#VPS2

Being a photographer, I guess one of the greatest achievements you will ever have is to be recognized in the field. By recognized, I don’t mean Selling Out like most photographers are, sadly! It may not always be winning a prize in a competition but also seeing your photos and works hanging on a wall in an exhibition.

I submitted my application form together with my 6 photos and photo story to Sharjah Art Foundation’s Open Call for this year’s Vantage Point Sharjah 2. I know its not good but I always send my submissions on the day of the deadline. Always. Not because am procrastinating but because I wanna make sure that I will submit my best capture and you know there’s no turning back once you submit it.

About a week or so after the deadline, I received an email from SAF informing me that six of my photos were selected. I was literally screaming my lungs out and jumping up and down. THIS IS A DREAM COME TRUE! I have always imagined myself standing next to my photos in an exhibition talking and meeting art lovers, photo enthusiasts, co-photographers, family and friends. That day has come last August 30, 2014 at the opening reception of Vantage Point Sharjah 2. I am also fortunate enough to have my photos alongside 2 of the best Instagrammers in town, @manoshde and @b1ckey. I would like to thank my dear friends who supported and helped me in giving their two cents worth on my photos and photo story. It means a lot to me. 🙂

By the way, I fell in love with the Sharjah Heritage Area. I adore the mixture of old and new. The Art Spaces looked very futuristic as well. I think I left my heart in Sharjah haha! If you haven’t been to this area, please come and visit. The exhibition will run until December 3, 2014. It is located at SAF Art Spaces Building GH. Also, don’t forget to pass by their lovely urban garden. Peace and love! 🙂

 

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