It’s a rare occurrence that Dubai finds itself in such fog. “I have been photographing Dubai for over six years and I have always been jealous of people seeing and photographing the city above the fog,” Dros tells My Modern Met. “It usually only happens a handful of days each year and I have never been lucky to catch the right timing, up until recently. I even changed my flight a few times because of positive humid weather predictions, but it never worked out.”
Dros was recently in Dubai because he won first prize in the drone category at the
Dros shot all of the photos from high buildings without the use of a drone. “It’s not that easy to access these buildings,” he reveals. “When I first visited Dubai about six years ago, things were much different. It was easier to access the skyscrapers and by asking the management nicely you could often just go up and photograph from the roof. Luckily, I have many friends and contacts in Dubai that helped me to access the skyscrapers. And there are also a bunch of rooftop bars and hotels that offer spectacular views. By asking them nicely in advance, they often respond in a positive way.”
To Dros, the vantage point above the city—with its heavy fog cover—takes on a magical look and feel; it was even better seeing it in person. “There is just something about these spectacular high buildings,” he recalls. “This combined with the low clouds and fog makes for a surreal atmosphere. The pictures speak for themselves, but seeing it, in reality, is really magical.”
Check out the fog photos below. If you’d like to learn more about Dros’ career and how he found success, check out our interview with him on My Modern Met’s
Photographer Albert Dros captured spectacular fog photography that makes Dubai look like an otherworldly city in the clouds.