Hello past meet present. It is quite a wild introduction, is it?

Hello past meet present. It is quite a wild introduction, is it?

Hello Past meet Present


That’s why I decided to visit the past so I can live the present and envision the future clearly.

➳ Photographer: Evan Kristine

Location: Abu Dhabi, U.A.E

Website: Pretty, Wild World (this one)


➳ Hello past meet present. It is quite a wild introduction, is it?

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – circa, February of 2013, when past meet present.

Not long after my visit to the Middle East in 2013 I stumbled upon a very interesting young man and one thing he told me got stuck in my thoughts for the past three years,

“I always live in the memories of my past.”

I’m not exactly so sure what he meant by that because I have always been very fond of living in the present. You know, often making the most of my time. However, my previous photojournal entry was about a certain visit back to memory lane I got into thinking, have I also been always living in the past?

In that article, I got a lot of comments from people voicing out their opinion about how great it is to visit the past and to remember the good old times. They are not wrong therefore in the past few days I’ve been in deep thoughts about what I have done in the last years and to be honest, it has been a fun ride so far.

In relation to this article as every blogger will certainly agree to this because I’m just about to tell you the truth about blogging, it is stressful. Yes, that is right. I have been under a lot of stress and pressure to maintain my presence here on the internet, and so far my audience reach is getting better each day and each week but my focus is absolutely for the future. I mean, I don’t even freaking know what is going to happen tomorrow, and I’ve been doing a lot of planning so that my future will be secure in this alternate world of internet that I forget to live in the present! I know I am physically here but the thoughts are far, far, far in the unknown future, and that totally made me take two steps backwards. To reflect. To see the whole as it is. To breathe.

That’s why I decided to visit the past so I can live the present and envision the future clearly.

I did exactly that and at one moment I found the photo above and for some reason, it reflected my exact emotion at that very moment, at this very moment.

You see, five decades ago the whole of United Arab Emirates was a vast desert. Sands and Dunes until the horizon. An empty area for you to see till your eyes wore out. It was dry and hot but a country with history, tales, and its citizens have dreams of one day changing this empty space into something no other nation has done in far less than a century.

Until one day the British found oil which changed the history of this country forever. When they finally had an opportunity to build their nation from the ground, so they did, they built everything and anything you can imagine. It’s people envisioned that this country will be great. It will be one of a kind.

Why did this photo reflect my emotion? Because past meet present. Simple.

In this picture, you can clearly see the past divided by sea to the present, and although future is not in the photograph, you can feel that between the two, it is about to come. Future is just around the corner.

By reflecting my memories, remembering the great times and the bad times, as well the dreams I had and which ones I successfully reached made me realize that the present is far greater than the past and that having a vision of what the future will be is not a bad idea at all.

However, there are chances that there are memories from the past I would love to relieve again. I would like to time travel and be at that precise moment once more, but I know that the chances are slim and even with all the glory and miracle of this world it will never happen so I scratched that idea and just focused on the present. I’ll live each day like how I want to live it so that in the future I’ll look back and say again: it has been a fun ride so far.

So, is that fine young gentleman I met in 2013 stupid for living in the past? Not at all! We all live in the past because, without it, the present would be so dull and quite frankly, the past fuels our deepest desire to be better in the present so that only the future can mock our decisions. You know. Life as it is sometimes! It can be great and be sucky at the same time.


hello past meet present

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Photojournal is all about expressive or dramatic photos that tell a thousand words. Each photo represents the photographers emotions at the precise moment of capturing the picture which, in some aspects, is immortalized through digital print.

I aim to showcase some of the great works of other people and share their experience through a significant photograph. Everyone have a story to tell, but sometimes there are no words to express them; however, through photos captured from the photographer’s perspective, that memory and emotions, even though words can’t explain, will hopefully touch the viewers understanding of the photograph – and maybe, even relate to it.

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59 comments

  1. Beautiful piece of photography and agreed this pretty much sums up Abu Dhabi nicely. Did you visit Dubai as well when you were in the UAE?

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    1. Hi Stefan! Thank you and I'm glad that you agree. I have visited Dubai as well :)

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  2. I can only agree, all memories are in the past and it is those that help us understand the present. Without the past we would have nothing to compare with.

    By the way, I really love the photo. :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Jesper! It is wonderful that you agree with my opinions. And glad you loved the photo! <3

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  3. This a great reflective post! I do believe moving too fast and always looking into the future can sometimes limit us and keep us from learning from our past.

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    1. Its so true, isn't? Life is all about living the present without forgetting the future and as well the lessons from the past :)

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  4. You are so true that blogging can be really stressful. We set ourselves so many targets trying desperately to achieve them that sometimes we cannot see the places we visit through a clear lens. That said, I wouldn't quit blogging for anything as I love the chance to express my creativity and interact with other travel obsessives.

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    1. Riiiight? I agree, I wouldn't trade it for anything either! It has been a fun blogging ride, really!

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  5. In a way, I'm like the man you met too. Living in the past is important, for it helps keep me grounded for my future. I love what you said about the past fueling our desire to be better in the present.

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  6. Wow I wasn't expecting to do some soul searching toady but it is always welcomed. Great post. Very deep. And who ever said travel blogging was stressful...lol Abu Dhabi and Dubai are undisputedly on my to-go-to-list!!!

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    1. Thanks, Christopher! Yeah, U.A.E is beautiful on its own. I've met people who swore not to visit the land but then again, what is life without a little risk? Right :D

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  7. Very thoughtful! I feel very strongly that you have to be at peace with your past so that you can live in the present and look forward to the future. Being at peace with your past to me means understanding where you have been and learning the lessons presented to you. Living in the present is just that...live your life and take all the experiences that are given to you. :D

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    1. Great words in this one, Rachael! Thanks for sharing. And yes, indeed, you truly need to be at peace to move on with life. It is just how it is, right? :)

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  8. While I plan for the future I never let that rule my life. Time good by fast and you can never get it beck.

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    1. That is so true, Brianna! Time is so precious to waste!

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  9. Love that photo of yours as well!

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    1. Thanks a lot, Tamara! So kind of you!

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  10. Very thought provoking , a great piece and certainly made me think about the past... I think, or the future. Great photos

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    1. Thanks, Carmel! Thinking about these sort of things really do set you back. I think it is a good thing to be reminded from time to time to slow it down :)

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  11. Amazing photo you got there!! And this is a terrific blog post about not forgetting who you where and keeping your feet on the ground.

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    1. Thanks a bunch, Carla! xx

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  12. I love the idea for this series - using one photography to convey a story is quite powerful, and I now want to go look at your other posts! The story this photo is telling is one that many people around the world can relate to - in my own neighborhood, many old buildings are being knocked down and replaced by shiny new ones. People who have lived here a long time are having a hard time letting go of how things used to look and how things used to be. Personally I think it's important to learn from the past but not live in it.

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    1. I couldn't agree more with your statement, Brianne! It really is such a shame that some people do not appreciate history of some place, however, sometimes there are reasons for their removals. Also, living in the past? Nah, you're right not a good idea... There's no thrill!

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  13. Such a lovely thought provoking post, I loved reading this as I have felt very similar over the last few years.

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  14. Thats an interesting take on past and present. Got me thinking... I love your photo, too.

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    1. Thanks, Jess!

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  15. I'd love to visit Dubai. I've been only to Abu Dhabi and that was a quick overnight as I was heading to the Seychelles. I suppose I could revisit that memory, but it's a pretty brief one! I love travelling through the past and visiting history when I travel - it adds such a layer to the present.

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    1. It surely is not a bad idea to visit one day :) It is an exciting city, something you'll never see.

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  16. Definitely agree and great, reflective post! We need to reflect on the past to move forward with our future in the best way possible. Love the photo as well--such a great contrast between past, future and present!

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  17. I totally agree, the past informs the present!

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    1. Thanks, Brittany!

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  18. I do agree that Int order to fully live in the present, we need to remember the past. Our blessings, our achievements and even our mistakes help us live for the present and drive for the best for the future. Also agree that blogging can be stressful but also so fulfilling!

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  19. Beautifully written and so true. Sometimes it's important to look into the past to realize how far you've come and focus on the future.

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  20. You're a wonderful writer. I really enjoyed this, thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks, Carmen!

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  21. What interesting ideas! I like it. Always have a thought that living in anything other than the present is bad (thanks meditation/yoga!), but you're right, sometimes they have a time and a place ;)

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    1. Thanks, Crystal!

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  22. Great reflective post. Reflection is important as it helps us learn about ourselves and be better people for the future. That pic is gorgeous btw x

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    1. Thanks, Doris! xx

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  23. Wonderful post xx

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    1. Thanks, Christina!

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  24. I've never been anywhere in the Middle East but this photo and story really make me want to plan a visit one day!

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  25. Really interesting post. I think as travellers we have the habit of always wanting to move on the to the next place, but there really is something to be said for taking some time to reflect on everything we've done. All of that stuff has made us who we are today, after all! :)

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    1. That is so true, Justine! It is always good to take a breather when needed :)

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  26. Memories are awesome, it's great to look back sometimes!

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    1. Thanks, Christine! It sure is, we make them for a reason!

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  27. Loved reading this! You're a great writer. Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Thank you for the kind words, Lauren!

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  28. Blogging can indeed be stressful and I feel like a lot of times I'm not living in the moment because of it. While I'm taking pictures of something, I'm trying to think of a catchy caption instead of just appreciating the experience. So it's definitely important to slow down sometimes and reflect...

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    1. Exactly! Sometimes being a travel blogger comes on the way to our travels. It is wonderful to enjoy the moment!

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  29. oh very cool - i love this photo journal post. definitely a different one than all the "top 10" posts out there!

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    1. Thanks for the appreciation, Sher! xx

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  30. It's how we see and use the past that makes our present and future move us towards our ambitions and dreams. I love the concept! The title's catchy as well.

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    1. Thanks for your input, Karla! Always great to hear other's thoughts about this :)

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  31. My favorite line in your post is "That’s why I decided to visit the past so I can live the present and envision the future clearly." I believe past, present and future are all happening within us right now, every second and every minute.

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  32. This is so true! It's funny how easily each one of us forget to cherish every day and not to take it for granted!

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    1. That is so true! :)

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  33. HI Evan
    Its really interesting how you have used the picture symbolically to cite the instance of the man who lived in the past. I feel you have touched upon a very critical philosophical truth of life in this article. Living in the moment and savouring the moment is a skill that is fast getting depleted. Much of the human race is, in fact, living in the future...in anticipation of tomorrow, failing to enjoy the present.

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    1. Thank you so much, Punita! Such great words you share here with me. I wish people would really think about this situation deeply. We all lose time we can't take back anymore and it is a shame to waste every minute of it..

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