Noufal Pathari

Some people come to your life for a purpose.

Noufal was introduced to be by my good friend Thajuddin.
The Artistic Metal Panels Paintings at Westin Hotel & Spa Doha were already installed and I had to quickly organise a photo shoot. These paintings are in six different meeting rooms, and it would have been a daunting task to have all 6 rooms photographed in one go – without interruptions by visitors. The fasting month of Ramadan had just got over and visitors to the hotel was just beginning to get larger by the number. Very soon the hotel would get busy. The only day I had was the first Friday immediately after Ramadan.

When Noufal was introduced to me, the first thought that came to my mind was, ‘How am I going to get this man to get to work during his festive season?” I was mistaken. Noufal consented to come to the hotel for a Recce and spent a good 2 hours knowing his subject well. Agreed to come the following day for the shoot. This good hearted man set aside his family time during his religious holidays and took on a task with a sense of urgency. He even went to shop for a lighting system that was both portable and versatile.

Noufal was on time the next day.
It was indeed very tiring to work continuously. We had to move chairs and tables and rearrange so many setting. Then there was the props. Lighting was a challenge, but somehow Naufal managed. We rested only for about 10 minutes during toilet breaks.
4 hours and the shoot was completed.

It was a pleasure working with someone like Noufal. It is one thing to work with a good photographer. Yet another to get someone who is both an understanding person yet skilled at his game – and allows you to be part of the whole exercise.



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