4080Feature: Marwa Yasmine Abdou

l_d376479dd869335f907165f861e7a769 Marwa Yasmine Abdou is a young Canadian photographer with a surprising amount of talent.  And it’s been a long minute since we’ve even tried to do an art-related post, so I figured now was the time to change all that.

Marwa developed an affinity for photography from a very young age. Her mother was an avid camera collector who always took pictures of her and her brother to document every stage in their lives.

I was impressed with the range of her work, some of which is quite common portrait photography, others verge on fanciful travel, and still more have a playful quality to them.  There also appears a strong focus on women, whether or not it is intentional, that comes across as empowering and yet lighthearted.

I asked Marwa to describe her photography, or at least her reasons for participating in photography and this is what she has said:

The first photo I developed in a dark room, was one I had taken with a Nikon FM3a outside my apartment in the middle of winter. I had somehow been able to see a tree overlooking the lake as though it was a palm branch overlooking the beach. That photo was my first ‘self-portrait’ and that’s how my ‘perspective story’ began to evolve.

I am ‘a curious watcher’ at heart. Every photo I have enjoyed taking, have developed an attachment to and that has brought me a sense of pride, is one that I see myself in and feel has captured an element of myself and by proxy something that connected me to the subject(s) of the photo whether it’s an insect, an object or a person- the qualities I love, those that I dislike, the quirks, things I find interesting, qualities I admire about others, the ones I wish I had but have yet to develop or could never. I do my best to evade all my innate tendencies to create something timeless, and try my best to capture something that attempts to renegotiate the definition of time through the shades, moments and idiosyncrasies.

When I work with a specific subject, there is always a process of courtship into their world, I ask them to tell me about it and help me engage in environments that make them feel most at ease and hold personal meaning to them and that way it’s easy for me to find a connecting point. It’s my way of  learning and opening myself to this process of introspection. There is an endless shutter of ‘photos’ going on around me at any given moment, and what is always interesting is what I see consciously or not. That has remained my foundation: to make the most of what I am given, what I know and want to know.

Please check out her Flickr Gallery here.  Better yet, join her Facebook Page.

For those of you who are a little too lazy to click through, here is a quick sampling of some of her work.  I encourage you all to check her out and to contact her.

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There is an endless shutter of ‘photos’ going on around me at any given moment, and what is always interesting is what I see consciously or not. That has remained my foundation: to make the most of what I am given, what I know and want to know.

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