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Deserted Desert City Photography

Abandoned by Richard Allenby-Pratt Imagines a Future Saudi Arabia

— June 19, 2012 — Fashion
Abandoned by Richard Allenby-Pratt is a photoshoot that impossibly takes place in the future. Of course, everything is made possible thanks to unlimited imagination and a touch of technology. In this case, the Dubai-based photographer chronicles one future path for the country he resides in.

It centers around an imagined announcement made by the CEO of General Electric in January 2017. Detailing the success of developing a ground-breaking technology for clean, effectively-free, recyclable and readily available energy source, Saudi Arabia begins to deteriorate as oil prices drop below $10. As its citizens and ex-pats leave, zoo caretakers let out the animals before escaping themselves. Abandoned by Richard Allenby-Pratt is a theoretical look at what the UAE will be like in years after these events.
Trend Themes
1. Future Path for Saudi Arabia - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Develop sustainable and alternative energy sources to reduce dependence on oil and avoid economic downfall.
2. Imagining the Future Through Photography - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Use photography as a tool to envision and communicate possible future scenarios and their impact on society and industries.
3. Abandoned Landscapes as a Creative Medium - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Explore abandoned landscapes as a source of inspiration for art, storytelling, and reimagining the built environment.
Industry Implications
1. Clean Energy - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Invest in research and development of clean energy technologies to create a sustainable and environmentally friendly energy sector.
2. Photography - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Embrace emerging technologies, such as virtual reality and augmented reality, to push the boundaries of photography as a medium for storytelling and expression.
3. Creative Arts and Design - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Utilize abandoned and desolate landscapes as a canvas for artistic expression, urban revitalization, and community engagement projects.
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