This time on Profiling Photographers, Raz (RH) from GPP had a chat with Karim 'weirdsaudi' (WS) about his #oufuqseries, a relatively young and distinctive photo series capturing the minarets and, well... 'weird' vertical objects and signage in Saudi.
RH: Hi @weirdsaudi! Please introduce yourself, and tell us a little bit about your background.
WS: I’m Karim, I go by the name weirdsaudi and it’s self explanatory where am from. Riyadh born and raised, studied graphic and web design in Houston, Texas, USA.
RH: Where did the idea for the #oufuq series come from?
WS: I have always been obsessed with minimalism in all mediums cause it’s so lazy yet hard to achieve.
RH: What are the requirements to appear on your feed (for any hopeful towers out there)?
WS: Since the project is still young, definitely there are no rules, I just look for lonely singular objects to take photos of. I believe what keeping the series cohesive is my editing choices.
RH: Where do you see this series going, perhaps a book one day?
WS: Definitely a coffee table book would be amazing! And also I want it to be used by moms on WhatsApp and it says on it “eid mubarak”.
RH: What do you want your viewer to think or feel when viewing this work?
WS: To look up more often, sometimes it’s the little things that makes the full picture.
RH: Any advice for new or old photographers alike?
WS: Bob Ross said it the best: “We don't make mistakes, just happy little accidents.”
RH: Finally, how was this year's phonart?
WS: Phonart 10 was a success, @phonartsaudi’s team did an amazing job like always. In these kind of organized events, I get to meet new people and learn new things, Phonart and organizations alike make it happen for us to evolve.
To see more of Karim's work, and to follow the #oufuq series, check out @weirdsaudi on Instagram.