Action Figures (a.k.a. Dolls For Big Boys)

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I recently had the pleasure of being invited to the Middle East Film and Comic Convention (MEFCC) held annually in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is the premier pop-culture event in the Middle East, drawing thousands of visitors from across the globe.

Be it exciting cosplays or the variety of merchandise for sale, everything is so vibrant and lively. You can actually feel the creativity pulse across the exhibition halls. Events like these are a dream come true for photographers.

I love photographing people but I have never really had the chance to photograph action figures. What’s more, I never really gave a second thought as to how life-like some of these dolls, I mean action figures (all pun intended), looked. Here are the fruits of my labor for your viewing pleasure; hope you enjoy them.

Your comments and feedback are highly appreciated.

Cheers!

Wings of Hope

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I reminisce the good times
When we used to try
Could barely walk straight
But wanted to fly

In capes and funky masks
Jumping with all our might
Dressed as superheroes
Without a care in sight

Not worrying about money
Or having fancy cars
Always aiming for the sky
Always reaching for the stars

We were young and fun
Essentially a free soul
But time took it’s toll
And well, we grew old

Now day in, day out
We just worry about cash
Where to get it from
And where to put the stash

Which car to buy next
What new horse to breed
It’s all about jewels
We’re blinded by greed

What used to matter most
Now just makes no sense
We run through our lives
All edgy and tense

We’ve shed our wings of hope
I honestly don’t know why
We do manage to walk
But have forgotten to fly

– Yousuf Bawany, August 2010

Note: I was going through a blog today that reminded me of this poem I wrote a while back; still rings true. Thought I’d share with you all.