15 Degrees

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Muhammad Yasv, 24 years old, From Egypt
Vasdev K. Bhatia, 51 years old, 26 years in AD, From Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
Vasdev K. Bhatia, 51 years old, 26 years in AD, From Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
Raed Yahya Barakat, 30 years old, From Syria
Raed Yahya Barakat, 30 years old, From Syria
Raed Yahya Barakat, 30 years old, From Syria
Muhammad Al Sayed, 32 years old, From Cairo, Egypt
Arun Kumar, 28 years old, 1 year in AD, From Chennai, India
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_MG_7352 _MG_7936 _MG_7342 Muhammad Yasv, 24 years old, From Egypt Vasdev K. Bhatia, 51 years old, 26 years in AD, From Jaipur, Rajasthan, India Vasdev K. Bhatia, 51 years old, 26 years in AD, From Jaipur, Rajasthan, India Raed Yahya Barakat, 30 years old, From Syria Raed Yahya Barakat, 30 years old, From Syria Raed Yahya Barakat, 30 years old, From Syria Muhammad Al Sayed, 32 years old, From Cairo, Egypt Arun Kumar, 28 years old, 1 year in AD, From Chennai, India _MG_8024 _MG_8016 _MG_8006 _MG_7960 _MG_7942 _MG_7938 _MG_7924 _MG_7918 _MG_7425 _MG_7449 _MG_7524 _MG_7521 _MG_7511 _MG_7490 _MG_7470 _MG_7381 _MG_7376 _MG_7329 _MG_7328 _MG_7326 _MG_7319 _MG_7322 _MG_7275 _MG_7262 _MG_7290 _MG_7257 _MG_7253 _MG_7246 _MG_7245 _MG_7228 _MG_7226 _MG_7218 _MG_3956 _MG_3942 _MG_3922 _MG_3840 _MG_0103 _MG_0145 _MG_0110 _MG_3888 _MG_3899

The earth’s time zones can be defined by geometrically subdividing the Earth’s spheroid into 24 lunes (wedge-shaped sections), bordered by meridians each 15° of longitude apart. It’s an unseen but imaginable boundary that strongly upholds the notion that no two person could be at the same place, the same time. Everyone, someone is living their lives, somewhere, everywhere. If truly every element of life could be reduced to statistics and managed objectively, the world would be without worries.

“15 Degrees” is a personal photography project that aims to explore the fusion of culture and livelihoods of foreign workers and immigrants working in the UAE. The uniqueness of this photography project lies in the skewed ratio of local emiratis and foreigners in the country; 20:80, the former being emiratis. Given the total population of only 5.6 million, this imbalance is indeed staggering.

This collection of pictures depicts the average person and commoner on the streets, some who have barely worked for a year, while others, a naturalised citizen for decades. These people have driven the economy of the UAE for decades, making a life for themselves. They are truly unsung heroes whose untold stories remain hidden from thousands of other immigrants from other parts of the world, who have come into contact with them.

If only our differences are dictated by time zones, how many “15 Degrees” it takes to be present at the same place to witness a cauldron of civilisation and culture?

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