ViewPoint Gallery Photography Competition 2016
September, 2016 - Sheraz Aziz
Children of Lahore, 2016
Biography: Sheraz Aziz Baloch is from Karachi, Pakistan. Aziz moved to China in 2009 to attend university and completed a bachelors degree in Aeronautical Engineering in 2013, "I started doing photography more often. I’m resided in Shanghai, China now and that’s where I take most of my pictures. I use a very simple Nikon J1 (digital) with a 35mm lens and my Samsung S5 phone. I like to keep the process simple and most of the time I'm just shooting on P mode with shutter speed on manual settings. My favourite style of photography is street photography with its variations of Urban and Portrait photography. Inspired by the classics like Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, Ragu Rai, Joseph Kodelka, Martin Parr and etc."
Artist's Statement: My art is mostly inspired by the classics that I mentioned above. I'm mostly drawn to humans and their relation to the surroundings, daily lives of people living in urban jungles and their stories and expressions. In my case, photography has been very therapeutic, it helped me find inspiration after a confused post-graduation-syndrome. Above all, it helps me connect with people.
Quite often I interact with the subject I find interesting, ask them about their stories and find candid moments in the midst of that to take their images, people might think that real street photography is always candid but it's not, it's about finding your subject in the right place with the right expressions and capturing that moment as Cartier-Bresson termed it "The Decisive Moment". So a recurring theme in my pictures is to find that moment. It's very powerful but once it's gone you might never have it again.
“Children of Lahore” was taken in September last year when I was visiting the city. I’d love to dedicate the picture to the victims of Lahore bombings which happened on Easter Day earlier this year.