Raz (RH) from GPP spoke to Huda about her photography journey, and Huda (HA) shared some interesting anecdotes and useful advice for street photographers.
RH: Please introduce yourself!
HA: I’m a photographer from Kuwait who loves to travel and find stories to tell.
RH: How did you get started in photography?
HA: I started when I was a teenager. My first camera - and on of my favorite cameras - is the Canon AE1. I still love using it as my go-to camera.
RH: Oh wow! I love the AE-1. Is yours the AE-1 or the AE-1P?
HA: It’s the AE-1P I took for refurbished few years ago, and came back brand new シ
RH: What draws you to the photographic medium as opposed to any other?
HA: I like the whole process of photography, from taking the photo to develop the film and waiting for the result and holding the physical prints afterwards - something that is lost with the immediateness of digital photography.
RH: How do you approach shooting a portrait of a stranger on the street?
HA: I always start with smile, a small chat, and then ask for their portraits. I tend to go back to those I photograph often, sharing the photos with them.
RH: What inspires you?
HA: I’m inspired most by travelling and conversations with strangers.
RH: You seem to shoot in series. What are your thoughts on single images versus series?
HA: I shoot in series to tell a story. Also, whenever I do shoot in singles I found out they became a series when I look back on my older image. I’m drawn to finding patterns and similarities within one location or across different places I’ve been to.
RH: Water Towers (1985) is not exactly a new image! Tell us about it.
HA: I used to develop my black and white films in my bedroom! And print them too. And I still have the prints from that time. It’s nice to look back at some physical, unchanged pieces from that time.
RH: Will you be submitting for The Arab Street, Vol. II? Any tips for hopeful street photographers?
HA: Yes Insha Allah. My tips would be to encourage photographers to look for what they like, if they want to take a portrait, chat with people and that let them feel comfortable when you take their photo.
RH: What do you hope a viewer of your images takes away?
HA: I’d hope that they are interested in what the photograph may be showing - someone’s life, a day-to-day occurrence. We currently live in a time where we are bombarded with visual cues - on social media and beyond, I think it’s important to look at a photograph for more than a fleeting moment and attempt to understand what’s happening beyond the aesthetics of a photograph.
RH: Finally, what's next?
HA: I have few series that are finished and will be exhibited in the next few months (Sharjah, Tblilis and Kuwait). Also working on another project that I can’t share too much about at the moment, it might take a while but it’s happening very close to home and I’m excited to see it come to life!
Thank you very much Huda!