‘A picture is worth a thousand words’ goes the cliché.
But clichés are clichés for a reason and pictures define the art of story telling and further define how the impact and detail of one moment can give insight to our lives.
I was born and raised in Karachi, yet all things that happen around me on a daily basis never cease to amaze me. Each time I step out, I learn something new. I see a million stories around me. I see people struggling, I see people laughing, I see people working hard, and all of them reflect a story: the constraints against growth in our society, the fight for endurance.
Today photography is growing increasingly popular, especially among the youth.With improving technology and the accessibility to cameras has helped in giving people a chance to express themselves.
Suddenly, almost anyone is a photographer with an ability to capture the fleeting moments of their daily lives. Perhaps it’s just the excitement of capturing moments or it’s the idea of getting a rich image to hold on to.
Other than photography being an art of story telling, for me personally, it’s the joy of storing images in my head of everything that I observe.
Every day countless events take place, and as a photographer I strive to capture them one moment at a time. By freezing moments, I can focus on the greater details, the little things that you miss in the frenzy of everyday life.
Karachi is a metropolis, with a population of 13-15 million people living in it. It’s diverse and also happens to be the financial hub of Pakistan. From industrialists and labourers, to artists and musicians, it’s a kaleidoscope of different people, perspective, flavours, smells, colours, stories and identities.
I pause every time I cross a dhaba. I see a million snap shots — I love the colours, the steel cutlery and the bell that rings each time the order is ready.
People of all ethnicities and religions feasting under one roof, exchanging stories, venting frustrations or simply expressing opinions. For me, it’s all about the expressions, which speak even louder than words.
Being a photographer in Karachi is like being a kid in a candy story. Every drive is exciting — there is always something to capture: from the delightfully colourful rickshaws with the sometimes hilarious poetry on them to families living on pavements, men crossing roads with baby sheep hurled across their shoulders or children selling toys.
Every face on the road has a story to tell. Their eyes speak of their struggles, their hopes and dreams. I’ve always felt that our country fails to appreciate the talent of our common folks. It is these people who truly represent Pakistan; constantly adapting to changes and overcoming the challenges that life perpetually throws at them.
As a photographer, I want to shed light on the stories that go untold. There’s a lot that passes by us – as a photographer it’s my job to capture that in snapshots and make one look deeper into the world.
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The author is the Sr. Special Projects Manager at Dawn.com
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