Altamash Javed is a Pakistani entrepreneur based in Dubai who’s made it his goal this year to pursue photography full time. Citing exploration and travel as two of his biggest passions, he recently embarked on creating a series of images about abandoned locations right in his backyard in the United Arab Emirates.
What sparked your interest about abandoned locations?
A friend of mine started a hashtag called #ThatAbandonedVibe while he was visiting Lebanon where many interesting abandoned structures can be found. We decided to use it and start exploring the UAE with an abandoned theme in mind. From incomplete construction projects to housing communities (that had been abandoned so long that dunes started to cover them), theme parks to planes, we explored it all.
As photographers and visual artists, we always think the story behind these places is important. It’s the curiosity within us that leads us to explore abandoned places, see why or how it was abandoned and how the subject has changed over time. And of course, try to make some remarkable imagery out of them.
What’s your all-time favorite location you’ve discovered so far?
My favorite spot is the abandoned Russian plane (Ilyushin IL-76) that can be found in the Emirate of Umm al Quwain. I won’t go too much detail, but let’s just say the movie Lord of War was inspired by the story behind this plane.
Could you tell us more about some of your favorite images you’ve created so far?