82 Portraits Of The Beautiful Bangladeshi People By Mou Aysha Interview With Artist
Mou Aysha isn't a professional photographer in the true sense of the word, meaning it's more of a passion to her rather than a job. However, this isn't a blemish on her ability to capture beauty in her portraits. Mou, who lives in Dhaka, Bangladesh, has a keen eye for very sensitive, emotional, even soulful, moments, and her every picture is a testament to that. Her 53k followers are a testament to that too.
Instead of trying to add more than necessary, let the photographs and the photographer speak for herself. She gave an in-depth account of her calling and motivation as a photographer to Bored Panda, which she admitted she's a fan of. Here's the interview: "I dedicate myself to capturing the best moments of life as I see and feel them. 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. Every time I go out with my camera, I feel happy. Every new place and all the new people I encounter make me happy.
Since childhood, I have been fascinated with people and their faces. I grew up in the northern part of Bangladesh and from a young age, I saw a lot of people from the islands. Their faces were always different from other people I had seen. They were burnt by the sun, had many scratches on their faces, and their eyes were red. All those faces grabbed my attention as a child; one of my main reasons to become a photographer was to capture those faces and bring more light to them. I wanted to share their beautiful and unique faces with others."
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"I have a special affection for portraits and have, therefore, produced an extensive series of them. Genuine smiles, emotions, and people’s stories attract me the most. I want to capture the purest of emotions in my photographs. I also occasionally feel inspired by other subjects and compositions and try not to limit my creative instincts. I also do street life and travel photography. I seek to discover and photograph that which is unseen by me or others. Therefore, I find myself becoming an explorer with a powerful desire to travel."
"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 portray images with simplicity, reflecting a soulful mood and deep human connection. In addition to the uncomplicated composition, the people whom I photograph are wonderful and brave souls. I believe that this is what sets my work apart from others."
"I love meeting people. In every area, people look and behave differently. Their faces and their stories motivate me a great deal. Every face I encounter inspires me to meet another person. I am mainly more fascinated by interactions with people than I am with photography of landscapes or places. Photography has given me the opportunities to capture those incredible faces, express their feelings, and to share with others. That being said, I still am close to nature and the environment and find images that also inspire me to get out my camera. I love images that look authentic and with which you feel connected. I love images that surprise me, making me feel something, whether that be a sense of place or emotion. With empathy, compassion, and love, we can change the world for the better as artists. I am a positive person who sees beauty in everything."
I wonder what stories are hidden behind those eyes. I can't look away.