Growing up in central Baghdad, Iraq. My connection to the world was through Cinema Roxie. Lewis and Martin, Abbott and Costello, Bill Haley and the Comets, James Dean, all had a profound effect on me.Creatively, toy musical instruments were the only thing available to me, which I played endlessly as I day dreamt. As a young teen in Chicago, Illinois, I managed to save a bit of money from my $1.25 an hour part time job to buy a used Kodak Retina 3C camera, a Durst enlarger and the most basic darkroom accessories, which I set up in the basement of my parents’ house. I don’t know how we are shaped and why we are receptive to certain influences, I do know that the magic of that first photographic image, appearing out of nowhere in a bath of chemicals has never left me. Today, as I spend endless hours reshaping and preparing the digital image, it’s as magical an experience as that first image appearing in a bath of Dektol film developer. My career has been more focused on filmmaking. In 2001, while working as a Director of Photography on a PBS documentary film in Sudan and Egypt, I renewed my love for the still image. With photography, I felt more intimacy and a connection with my subject. I was able to take my eye away from the viewfinder, feel my surroundings and communicate with my subject. Landscapes, faces and storytelling captivate me. As a prerequisite to producing images that tell stories, whether in film or a still image, one needs to be fascinated with the human dynamics, the dynamics of seven billion of us roaming the planet. At least, that is what drives me.
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