I began as a street photographer. Documenting lives of common people was what interested me. I captured the faces and drama happening on streets. I used to describe my photography as fishing tiny pieces of existences out of ever flowing river of life.
Apparently I did not have any agenda in my photography. I photographed on my artistic impulse. But looking back at my work I realized I did follow certain patterns in my work. I mostly strived to photograph that pure moment when a subject is unaware of the surroundings lost in him or herself. I collected pictures of such subjects floating in a world of their own in series “They look at sea all day long”. It is a statement of our paradoxical state of existence between a material and immaterial world .The characters may be surrounded by physical structure yet living in an immaterial world of reflection and imagination.
I had another distinct style of framing a subject within some kind of physical frame. It looked as if that entire subject can do is to look at the world from the frame or cage he or she is in living within. I named such series of pictures as “Do they live within windows or do I look through a window". Such pictures always started an interesting debate within myself. Are these subjects really living within a window and seeing everything from their window or is it I who is looking through a window at them. This series is an exploration of how we construct the reality of I and others.
Another theme which developed in my work was of relationships. I have named this series depicting families as generations. Generations knits the link between past present and future. In generations, mothers, fathers, grandmothers, and grand fathers are photographed with their children.
With time I introduced practice of ethnography in my work. These days I am doing a project on Kalasha tribe living in north of Pakistan. Taking inspiration from ethnographic practices, I am documenting their daily activities, the ceremonies performed at their festivals, weddings, funerals, and their material culture.