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Inside/Out: Dave Kennedy

October 25, 2011

City inspirations with one of Dubai's most dynamic fashion photographers

  • Text by Kate Hazell

South African photographer Dave Kennedy only came to Dubai for two months to make some money. Seven years later and the 32-year-old is still in Dubai... The fashion photographer's exuberant life loving style transcends any geographical boundaries, celebrating the anything's possible ideals of Dubai.

Satellite Voices: What’s your occupation... a) during the day & b) at night?
Dave Kennedy: a) Photographer, surfer, extremist! b) Most nights I'm stuck in front of the computer re-touching for my clients until the early hours of the morning. On my off nights I'm the world's most professional couch potato. 

SV: Where do you live and what inspires you about that area of town?
Dave Kennedy: Dubai is amazing and has taught me a lot about myself as an individual and as a photographer. I live on the Palm so I won’t say it's the most inspiring place in the world to shoot but it's very close to my favourite beaches which I shoot on a lot. 

SV: How long have you lived in your city and brought you there?
Dave Kennedy: I've lived in Dubai for the last seven years. Within those seven years I lived in Singapore and Prague as well. Originally, I came over to Dubai on a quick two month money making trip. I was saving for a new camera in Cape Town and my agent at the time told me to head over to Dubai and I'd make it fast. He was right, but the money was quite overwhelming at that stage of my life so I stuck around for a little longer. 

SV: What are the challenges of being a photographer based in Dubai?
Dave Kennedy: It's the easiest place in the world to be a photographer. I have no worries in the slightest. Work is plentiful! Let the good times roll!

SV: What’s your favourite thing about being based in Dubai?
Dave Kennedy: Dubai's very central. I travel quite a bit and being based in the middle of everything helps a lot. Oh, and the 24 hour Burger King Delivery.

SV: What are your plans for the weekend?
Dave Kennedy: Mmmm the weekend's just past. But I'm getting ready to shoot a huge star this coming weekend!

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