Final Project Update #2 – Fun outdoors with macaws

Just like kids, macaws are social and they love playing around people. Hence, It’s important for them to have outdoor activities. My group and I decided to attend a show for macaws that was held yesterday at the Defense Camp located in Sabhan, and we are so lucky as it was a great chance to capture more photos and videos for our final project. Honestly, this was the only time i felt like i had to literally capture every little detail..(more than 200 files…RIP my camera memory card.) and at the same time I was having a great time, It didn’t feel like it was an assignment requirement at all. I can’t describe how amazing everything was..families..kids..elderly..everyone was extremely happy with the beauty of colorful macaws.

At the camp, It was nice seeing Osama Mandani and his lovely macaws again, and you will see in the upcoming video his great techniques of holding and communicating with them. Also, we had the pleasure meeting the rest of the macaw hobbyists including the creator of the group Hussain Mandani, Osama’s elder brother, who talked with us about his establishment of this idea. We also got to know more about this group which is called Hewaya Tejma3na. We even interviewed some of them, and once they knew our purpose of the interview they got super excited to share their knowledge. They were very supportive and they insisted to see everything after we are done editing! The interesting fact is that some of the members are females which was impressive for me to know that girls can have such unique passion for taking care of macaw birds. Stay tuned for the final result of this assignment.

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Mandani brothers and a smiling pose for the camera
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Hewaya Tejma3na team between the happy audience
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Kuwaiti Paralympic World Champs

One of the things I love about my major is the opportunities obtained through it to meet incredible people I never thought I’d ever talk to. I went to the Kuwaiti Disabled Sports Club based in Hawalli and had the pleasure knowing and talking with Ahmed Khaleel Alshatti, a  Stoke Mandeville and Rio medal winner in gymnastics and currently a co-coach for the disabled committee in the club. He had been playing different kinds of sports like wheelchair basketball, racing, half marathon and swimming since 1979 but at age 47, he thought It was better to move his direction to coaching basketball as It’s his favorite sport. Continue reading “Kuwaiti Paralympic World Champs”

Athoob Alshuaibi & documentary photography

Last Wednesday, I had the honor to attend a lecture hosted by one of the best documentary photographers in Kuwait, Athoob Alshuaibi. It was wonderful hearing her stories and how she was inspired by her mother who used to document photos of the family before she passed away. Leaving a heavy legacy of family photos was the reason Alshuaibi was passionate about photography which made her take her Master’s degree in Visual Communication from Birmingham City University . “I discovered this one thing during my studies, there is only one purpose to all types of photography which is delivering a message to the audience and then alter their behavior.” She said. Continue reading “Athoob Alshuaibi & documentary photography”