The Foreign Service Journal, May 2023

90 MAY 2023 | THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL Please submit your favor- ite, recent photograph to be considered for Local Lens. Images must be high resolution (at least 300 dpi at 8” x 10”, or 1 MB or larger) and must not be in print elsewhere. Include a short description of the scene/ event, as well as your name, brief biodata, and the type of camera used. Send to . LOCAL LENS BY SARAH TALALAY n ABU DHABI, UAE I f you don’t take a selfie, were you actually there?The massive Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi is UAE’s largest mosque, offering daily prayers, and an awesome sight for a steady stream of worshippers, tourists, and, of course, selfie-snappers. This photo was a happy accident as I tried to capture the stunning architecture of this vast structure. There are so many visitors, it’s impossible to avoid the crowds. And the mosque complex is so big that it features its own parking garage, grocery store, and shopping mall complete with a McDonald’s. n Sarah Talalay is the cultural affairs officer at the U.S. embassy in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. She took this photo on an iPhone 12 mini during a vacation in Abu Dhabi with her husband, photographer James Talalay.