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My first morning in Kuwait. We had landed from our cross water flight from DC, and it was really too dark to see much. We arrved at the hotel and sleepily shuffled to our rooms and crashed. However, being in a brand new time zone on top of already having deprived sleeping habits (4 hours average) - I was the first of the gang to wake. Much to my surprise, the top shot is what I saw from my window. The sun comes up at 3:30am over the Liberation Tower (Right) from my view in the Safat tower's "Swiss-Belhotel".
So, having just crossed the big gulp with a few pelican cases full of gear, my first to-do item was to build the 30lbs Red One rig and make sure everything was intact from the flight. Lensing check, sensor check, batteries charging, and we're good to go. Mounted the drive, and off I went to explore by foot in a strange middle-eastern city with $50,000 on my shoulder. Kuwait had been extremely westernised, post-liberation. I had read up on the history points before leaving, so I didn't even hesitate to venture off alone.
In fact, it was quite the amazing experience. Hardly anyone was out. It felt like I was the only one alive in the city. I walked by the Grand Mosque, to the Arabian Gulf coast and just took in the morning air. The hot morning air. It was just rounding out to 4AM and it was already in the mid 90s with extremely dry heat. Peaceful, though.
Siting down with Doug Ardito, Puddle's bassist, during our first morning in Kuwait. This was after having taken the Red One out for a few 4AM test shots around the Grand Mosque and plaza on the Arabian Gulf. Still early, and the rest of the crew was still in their rooms. Doug seemed to have a stronger sense of adventure than the rest, eager to see a few things - Though, wouldn't venture as far away from the complex as I had done that morning. During this point, the initial shock of cultural reality was setting in - The middle east isn't that far different from home. Kuwait had been extremely westernised, post-liberation. Food was delicious, but it was very similar to an average breakfast out in the states.
This is one image in a photographic documentary series. Please view the album here: http://www.hitrecord.org/albums/272859
This is very rough... I was curious to see how this concept looked.
I recorded the VO into an iphone, so if anyone wants to have a proper go at it, please do.
Another 'Red Button' bumper, but filmed at 120fps and slowed.
Will put up the normal speed version of this in case someone wants to remix it.