October 28 - December 19, 2017 

MAYTHAM AL MISRI / MOHAMMED ALKANDARI / MAJED AL ZAABI / MOHAMMED KHORSHED

Wild Moments: Through the Lens of Kuwaiti Photographers

In the first of a photography exhibition series hosted by CAP, the work of Kuwaiti photographers’ is brought together to celebrate Mother Nature and the mesmerizing creatures of her animal kingdom.

In Wild Moments, we are taken from African savannahs, through the Kuwait marshlands and to the Hungarian wilderness, all the while following protagonists such as the dignified lion, the mischievous fox and the all-knowing owl.

This exhibition’s four photographers: Maytham Al Misri, Mohammed Khorshed, Mohammed AlKandari and Majed Al Zaabi, have collected an arsenal of awards and international recognition; from world-renowned competitions and organizations such as: National Geographic, the Al-Thani International Photography Contest, the American Photography Federation, the Hamdan Bin Rashed Contest, the Maria Luisa Contest in Spain and the Austria Photography Contest.

The photographs featured in Wild Moments have been selected thanks to their stunning technical quality, inspiring subjects and artistic direction. Each of the photographs elevates its animal subject either by abstracting its form or by highlighting its personality.

Majed Al Zaabi and Mohammed Khorshed employ the former technique, whereby the design of each animal is framed to a beautiful tee.The stripes of the zebra are taken to a new dimension, appearing as an organic geometric pattern in nature. The bird and the fox too, are brought into a new light when photographed against white snow – the piercing shape of the eyes, the elegant pointedness of the beak – standing out with clear grace.

Maytham Al Misri and Mohammed AlKandari present their animal subjects with an astute eye for their quirkiness and individuality. In each bird photograph we are struck by a suspended moment in time –the flick of water captured mid-air as a fish is caught, the entrancing array of feathers when a bird displays its plumage – each frame provides a fresh, unexpected image to its viewer. The wild cats also displayed in the Wild Moments series are presented in such a way that their facial expressions are almost human, communicating a proud, stoic existence in a changing world.


في أول سلسلة معارض التصوير الضوئي التي تقيمها منصة الفن المعاصر (كاب) تم جمع صور المصورين الكويتيين للاحتفاء بالطبيعة الأم، وبكائناتها الفاتنة من مملكة الحيوانات.

تأخذنا اللحظات البرية من السافانا الأفريقية، عبر الأهوار الكويتية إلى البيئة البرية  المجرية، لتتبع بطل من أبطالها: أسد مهيب، ثعلب مشاكس، أو بومة حكيمة.

المصورون الأربعة المشاركون في هذا المعرض: ميثم المسري، محمد خورشيد، محمد الكندري، وماجد الزعابي، من الحائزين على جوائز مرموقة، واعتراف دولي، من مؤسسات مثل ناشيونال جيوجرافيك، والاتحاد الأمريكي للتصوير الفوتوغرافي، وفي مسابقات عربية وأجنبية مثل مسابقة آل ثاني الدولية للتصوير الضوئي، مسابقة حمدان بن راشد، ومسابقة ماريا لويس في إسبانيا، ومسابقة النمسا للتصوير الفوتوغرافي.

والصور المنتقاة في معرض " لقطات برية" تتميز بجودة عالية وتقنية مذهلة، بالإضافة إلى موضوعاتها الملهمة واتجاهاتها الفنية المختلفة. فكل صورة من صور المعرض ترتقي بموضوعها من حيوانات البيئة البرية إما عن طريق منح ذلك الحيوان شكلا تجريديا أو من خلال تسليط الضوء على شخصيته.

يستخدم ماجد الزعابي ومحمد خورشيد التقنية الأولى، حيث صُور كل حيوان في إطار لنقطة انطلاق بديعة، كخطوط الحمار الوحشي التي تؤخذ إلى بعد جمالي جديد، فتبدو كنمط هندسي عضوي في الطبيعة. أما الطيور والثعالب أيضا، وضعت في بقعة ضوء جديدة حيث التقطت صورها في مواجهة الثلج الأبيض، ليتجلى جمال تشكيل العيون وأناقة هيئة مناقيرها البارزة في نعومة وأناقة.

بينما يقدم ميثم المسري ومحمد الكندري موضوعاتهما الحيوانية بعين ذكية كاشفة للاختلاف والتفرد. في كل صورة طائر تضربنا لحظة زمنية معلقة أمسكت فيها العدسة في الوقت المناسب بلقطة لطائر في لحظة الانقضاض على سمكة، أو مجموعة خلابة من الريش حين يستعرض طائر كسوته الطبيعية.  كل إطار يجسد صورة جديدة وغير متوقعة لمشاهدها. كما أن نماذج القطط البرية المعروضة في سلسلة لقطات من الحياة البرية، التقطت لتبدو تعبيراتها مماثلة تقريبًا لتعبيرات وجه الإنسان وكأن القطط تعلن بفخر عن وجودها الأبي في عالم متغير.

MAITHAM ALMISRY

MAJED ALZAABI

Almisri has a Bachelor degree in Political Science from Kuwait University and works in the Ministry of Information. His interest in photography started in 2004 and has since then participated in many photography exhibitions and competitions.
He has been presented with more than 34 awards regionally and internationally, including KUNA, first place in the Sheikh Salem Al Ali competition and gold medals in the 2011 Austria International Competition and a bronze medal at the Luxembourg Biennale 2013. He has received an AFCC gold medal in Finland 2013, third place at the worldwide Al Thani award 2013 as well as honorary trophies and medals from international competitions in Singapore, Egypt and the UAE.

MOHAMMED KHORSHED

Khorshed is a wildlife photographer specialising in birds and is a member of the Society for the Protection of the Environment. His love for nature and wild birds lead him to photography, a medium he’s been using since 2007. He is mainly self taught and has developed his skills following the guidance and teachings of professionals in the field of wildlife photography.
He has won a number of awards in local, Arab and international photography competitions, including first place in the Kuwait Grand Photography Competition, the Al Thani Competition and was selected as one of the top 50 wildlife photos for BBC Wildlife Photographer 2014. He received an honorary medal in the National Wild Life Festival and was awarded the Order of Honour at the Maria Luis Competition in Spain.
Khorshed travels regularly to countries around the world to photograph wildlife in Finland, South Africa, Bulgaria and Hungary, and regularly conducts training courses and photography workshops.

Alzaabi is a Kuwaiti photographer who has received international recognition for the quality of his work. Some of the prestigious awards include fourth place in the National Geographic World competition and the Planet Earth competition in Mexico.
He actively offers lectures and training courses on the subject of photography, locally and throughout the Arab region, as well as using YouTube and the internet to further his teachings. He has participated in many exhibitions, presented two publications in the field of photography, and has been a judge in local, Arab and international competitions. He is a member of the American Photographers Association, and the World Federation of Photographers who recently worked to document charity work in Africa.

DR. MOHAMMED ALKANDARI

Alkandari is a wildlife photographer and an admirer of the natural and wild life in Africa. He has won numerous photography awards in several countries, most notably in the nature category of the National Geographic Photography contest in 2015. His work has been shortlisted in many international contests such as Wildlife Photographer of the Year and the Sony Photography Award.
He has held a number of exhibitions and has given many lectures and training courses on the art of photography. He also has participated as a jury member in many local and international photography competitions as well as contributing to the establishment of the Kuwait Grand Photography Contest.

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