Posted on 20th April by Adam Backer
Abu Dhabi, UAE: An aged and rarely used private wharf extends into the sea in a beach at Jazirath-Al-Hamra (RAK). The deck of the wharf has been made out of wood, but the main structural elements are of steel. After a certain length the deck ends abruptly, leaving behind the rusted piers with sea waves exerting force.
Thoughts: There was no one around to ask, if it is being used today. However, I’ve got an indication that it’s being employed once in a while. It occurred to me that an additional vertical column member has been added, in order to support that part of the deck that is being exhausted. I’m sure; such location would be of a great interest to directors and cinematographers alike.
I had to exercise great caution while walking over the surface of the deck, in order to execute my shots. Being a structural engineer myself, I ensured that I really didn’t exert load in between the mid span of deck by being there at that spot. To add to the difficulty, the surface of the deck was wet and slippery. At the end of the day, I combined my passion with my profession, and I felt quite pleased having done so.
Equipment: Canon 5D MII + Canon 24-105mm f4 L IS USM