Sunday 8 January 2012: Blipped!
NO, this is not an ad for Nikon.... it's some of the Bahrain Blippers! Today I went to my first informal blipmeet, which came about after I commented on the great blip by DesertCamel (left of picture) of the Sculpture Symposium yesterday. So now I have had the pleasure of meeting her, as well as Ingrid99 (above right). DustandSand was also there, blipping away, but I arrived so late (due to having to sort out the details for my flights to New Zealand on the 19th of this month) that she had to leave shortly after I arrived!
I had no idea until I saw Desertcamel's blip that the Sculpture Symposium was even taking place. I haven't seen any publicity about it, nor any write ups in the local paper. But there they all are, sculptors from around the Arab world (I spoke to a Tunisian sculptor and watched his piece being manouevred into place on its plinth and saw another piece by an Iraqi beside it). They started off with large blocks of Omani marble and have created their enormous works of art in just a few days on a piece of land adjacent to the National Museum. Interestingly, they are not doing all the work themselves, but have drawn out plans and are art directing, while they have other people (Asians from the Indian sub-Continent) doing much of the cutting and grinding work.
I took over 100 pictures but none of them really jumped out at me as the perfect blip, which I think has probably been captured by DesertCamel yesterday and DustandSand today. So, I've decided to blip the blippers instead! What nice people they turned out to be.... so nice to put real faces to the names and comments. They are going to come around to my house on Wednesday morning so I can show them some of the blippertunities around this neck of the woods before I leave.
I've uploaded a few of my other shots here.
I couldn't even do much cropping etc as the scratch disks on my laptop are full! That's what blipping has done for me: thank goodness Mr L. gave me a 'Cloud' external hard-drive-cum-server for my birthday. Now I just have to learn how to use it!