In the summer of 2012 I was granted the title ‘Winner of Create & Inspire’. The theme of the competition that year, was focused on the islamic pilgrimage, Hajj. Lucky for me, I had perfumed perfumed Hajj that same year where I had first starting taking photographs. At this point photography was just a mere method to take pictures of the journey, and not at all an artsy tool. Towards the end of Hajj I happened to sit right next to the woman in that picture. At first it was very difficult to snap a picture of her without her knowing, however I thought i’d take a risk .. she smiled right at me!
If at that moment someone had told me, this old woman would be the reason behind:
– falling in love with photography
– changing my education plans from business to graphic design
– going on a 17 day expedition all around the United Kingdom thanks to Offscreen Expeditions
– AND getting my photography exhibited at the British Museum?
Never in a million years would I have believed that. She later inspired me to write one of my best pieces titled “A Million Emotions“
I guess I owe her a lot.
“Award winning photograph for Crossway Foundation’s acclaimed competition, Create & Inspire, & expeditions programme targeting UK and Middle Eastern youth. A London-based charity delivering arts and education initiatives for young people across the UK and Middle East, with a regional search to find the most talented young artists, photographers and filmmakers.”
Exhibited at :
The British Museum – Addis Gallery : (January 2012 – May 2012) Click here for Details
Feel free to read more about the creative journey on http://www.offscreenexpedition.com/2012_uk/blog/by/118