An Interview with a Street Photographer/Story Teller: Mou Aysha
There are amateur photographers, professional photographers, good pictures, okay pictures and then there is Mou Aysha. However much is said about her, will be less. Her vision, dedication, and understanding of Street and Landscape Photography are simply extraordinary and with every photo, she never ceases to amaze. When you go through her Instagram gallery, it feels like a box of chocolates that you cannot put down by having only one… Its a visual treat and she is a master storyteller
Read on to know more about her
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P. S. – Copyright of all the captures in the article lies with ©Mou Aysha and reproduction of the same without prior permission is prohibited
Would you kindly introduce yourself to our reader? Along with the genre of your photography and on which project are you working currently? What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Ans: I have always loved people and have always wanted to learn about them from up close. People, their culture, their experiences, always fascinated me since my childhood. I found out that photography gives me opportunities to go and learn about people and their journeys.
Photography is more of my passion than my profession. It means a lot to me personally and I find a great deal of satisfaction and challenge in this art.
I only shoot what I feel is important to me. I go out to take photos because it’s fascinating to me and because I am curious about people, their lives, their culture, and their faces.
Being capable to work as a Photographer for demanding social cause is a great achievement for me.
What attracts you to your genre? Whose work has influenced you most?
Ans: I basically take portraits of children who are marginalized, living on the outskirts of society. I have a special affection for children’s portraits and, therefore, have produced an extensive series of them. Genuine smiles, emotions, and children’s stories attract me the most.
These peripheral groups of children go through very difficult times, but still, they manage to smile and persevere. To me, they seem like heroes.
My first master photographer with whom I studied, GMB Akash. His expertise and his outstanding work, have had a large impact on my desire to seriously continue with photography. There are others, many of whom are in Bangladesh that have been inspirational for me as artists. What impresses most about GMB Akash’s work is that he goes beyond the art and actually helps the people he photographs in his humanitarian activities.
Is it important to have any professional training to be a photographer? Did you have any at the time you set off your journey?
Ans: Education is very important in any art. You need to know history, techniques, ideology, anthropology and also important to know how photographers working and their work. I have completed one on one intensive photography workshop from GMB Akash which has changed my photography.
When you go in one of your photo-shoots which one is your favorite lens and why do you prefer it?
Ans: I use mainly canon 24-70 mm lens and also a 35 mm lens. Both are them are a very good lens for colour photography and they are not too heavy.
How do you as a photographer make sure that the thing, person or landscape you want to shoot looks the way you want it to?
Ans: Before every single photo I take, I spend a good amount of time with the people. I try to get as close as possible to them. I try to become one of them or at least be accepted in their presence. Only after that do I start taking photos.
I take simple images primarily of people. I try to take portraiture images with simplicity, but which also reflect a soulful mood and deep human connection. In addition to the uncomplicated composition, the people whom I photograph are incredibly beautiful and brave souls. I believe that this is what sets my work apart from others.
Can you explain to the budding photographer what makes the good picture stand out from the average?
Ans: A good picture will stop you, will make you think. Will make you emotional. You will look at them again and again for long and you will never feel bored. A good photo will connect you with the person the photo even without knowing them in person.
What is so important in documenting something or in street photography?
Ans: Most important is to show respect to those people whom you are taking photos .they are the most important than just taking photos.
A “Good Camera can make a Picture perfect” do you believe this myth?
Ans: A good camera and lens are necessary for a better quality of the file, sharpness and fast focusing and more technical aspect. But a camera itself never can make a good photo. For becoming a good photographer is a process that you need to study, passion, hard work, practice, learn to see and it’s come from you should. It’s more important to build your inner eyes.
What do you think of B&W versus Colour with street photography?
Ans: I like both. Both have their own different feel and mood. But for me I like the colour , the colour is more lively, people look more dignify in color and for me, colour is more challenging.
Which post-processing software you use for your pictures?
Ans: I use lightroom for my work.
Many of the photographers ask us where they find out about the salon news or exhibition news. Can you please give them some idea?
Ans: Nowadays you can get everything on the internet. I am actually not into any kind of photography contest. Through my images, I want to create awareness and want to change the situation positively. This is my dream. I am not interested in contests
Name the last photography book/journal that you read.
Ans: Survivors by GMB Akash
Portraits by Steve Mc Curry
Nowadays almost everyone has access to devices with which it is possible to take pictures. What do you think is the difference between a professional photographer and any other amateur photographer?
Ans: A professional photographer will always bring good photos whenever or where ever they go. They will always respect people and their crafts.
Any quick message for our blog? Thanks for your time!
Ans: Photography is not only a profession or hobby. It’s a way of life. Photography has changed my life and it will change million,s of people’s life positively.
Thank you, Aysha, for your valuable guidelines and for sharing your thoughts with us. We look forward to seeing more of your wonderful work…!