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Current location: Urumqi, Xinjiang, China.
TED shared my work on their blog yesterday. It is very hard for me to represent Pakistan in just 9 images, but at least it gives a slight glimpse of the diversity of the country.
Zaiba was able to meet her mother after 45 years of separation due to political conflict between India and Pakistan. The journey of merely 30 km turned into more than 2200 km for her.
I traveled and documented her journey all the way from Skardu to Lahore in August last year. I am happy to do this cross-border collaboration with Mithila Jariwala from India who photographed Zaiba and her mother.
I love what drives me for storytelling, for being privileged to be that close to ...someone's life, experience emotions and witness a historic moment. What's more painful is that she will have to come back saying a final goodbye, knowing she won't see her mother again. Sometimes I wish borders were not that cruel to human beings.
Read the full story: www.herald.dawn.com/…/homecoming-a-pakistani-daughter-reuni…
Life in the territory of red hot chillies. One story that i thoroughly enjoyed working on while spending time with people who grow chillies in and around Kunri, Sindh.
The story is also in print of Herald's November 2016 issue.
Publisjhed: Long story i worked on for months with Herald on lives of people affected due to change in weather across Pakistan. From the mountains of Hindukush to the coastal villages of Thatta and Badin.
I love photography. It teaches me so much about the world and universe that we do not normally observe from a naked eye. Photography has made me more tolerant and more observant towards my surroundings. It took me forty minutes to make this one single photograph around Passu Cathedrals. It makes me wonder: what lies beyond?
This one is dedicated to the unsung heroes of the Karakoram mountains; the porters. They carry heavy weight items which includes camping gears and food for the entire trek. They are the ones who made out trek easy.
This photo was photographed on the first day of my trek. I was on my way to Jhola camp site, leaving behind Askole, one of the last village of north Pakistan.
It was my first night of camp before starting the trek towards K2 base camp. The mountains around Askole village were illuminated with full moon light. I was excited for the roughness and hardness the trek was about to bring.
It's been almost four years i still remember each and every moment of that 14 day journey. Instead of keeping the photos to myself, i am now going to share those moments here throughout this week.
About the Workshop Tour:
Gilgit-Baltistan is famous for its hospitality, rich heritage, magnificent landscapes and multi-cultural history. This unique travel photography tour, with our experienced tour guide Naveed Khan, and an expert travel photographer/instructor Danial Shah, will take you through unique experiences learning and improving photographic techniques while maintaining individual viewpoint - all surrounded in stunning landscapes.
On this tour, you'll learn tips ...and techniques while exploring picturesque places with our expert travel photographer. This week-long photography workshop caters to those who seek more intensive instruction and include photo assignments in the field, talks on technique, and edit-and-critique sessions, as well as learning how to approach people to get the most out of photographing them.
At the end of this week-long workshop/tour, our judges will select one photograph per participant that will become part of our online voting competition. Top three participants with the most votes will be featured on different online platforms and their photo-series will become part of our in-house travel photography catalogue, as well as other cool surprises!
Who is it for?
This workshop is designed for amateur photographers who are interested in improving their digital photography skills. The workshop is limited to 10 participants.
All participants must bring a DSLR or mirrorless camera, a tripod, shutter-release cable, a laptop computer, and software for organizing, editing and presenting images. Packing list for participants (clothing/personal gear) will be sent once they register.
If interested in this tour, please send us an email on: email@example.com with subject line: Capture: Hunza 2016.
COST & Deadline:
This week-long intensive workshop and tour to the Hunza valley costs Rs. 55,000/participant and covers the workshop as well as all transport, lodging, meals, guide and porter charges from Islamabad to Hunza and back to Islamabad. Deadline to register 20th May, 2016.
NOTE: The last four days of this workshop/tour will fall in Ramadan, those who are planning on fasting need to notify us at the time of registration so that we can make special arrangements for them.
* In case you are a diplomat/expat that have restrictions to travel by road from Islamabad to Hunza, you will need to make your own air-travel arrangements for the same dates, please write to us for more details on this.
I am leading this travel photography workshop next month in Hunza. It will be a guided tour, a lot of learning and great photographs to come back with. There are 10 seats only. Register if you are interested.
Tomorrow is going to be an exciting day. I will be at Creative Karachi Festival 2016 and talking about my photography work along with some other photographers. The session will soon start after my Documentary Screening: A Daughter's Lament I look forward to see you