The visual drama and artistry of his photographs are born out of a keen eye of the surroundings. Selecting, isolating, and enhancing a subject by finding that favourable light and then using techniques to enhance the most striking elements is something he has mastered over the years. His passion shines throughout his work and has attracted a wide audience around the world. Meet Mohammed Ibrahim from Mumbai, who recently won a Global Photographic Union Honourable Mention in Monochrome photography at the prestigious 15th PSI International Salon Competition held in Mumbai.
Mohammed belongs to a lower middle class family in Mumbai. He was always attracted towards drawing and sketching since school days. In fact, he still does sketches for his kid’s school work. His tryst with photography started with a film camera back in 1996 when he had purchased a Yashica MF2. He wasn’t aware of the technicalities of photography back then but loved the experience and cherished clicking photos. It quickly became apparent that it wasn’t going to be just a passing phase – his passion continuing on with a craving for knowledge and the urge to learn all aspects of photography. His love for art has turned him into a passionate photographer now who owns a Nikon D800E. Currently based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, he also takes up professional assignments in his spare time.
The road to your destiny is never easy. Many times you find yourselves in no man’s land, some people use you for their own success and there are others who block you from moving forward. But life goes on. I feel all these landmarks in my journey are due to difficulties and challenges I faced and I am thankful for everything.
15th PSI International Salon
It was an on-the-go shot, quite typical the way I shoot – sudden and unplanned. It was taken in bright day light, while passing by those skyscrapers. I just got an idea to capture them with my 180° fish eye lens and bang! The result came more dramatic than my expectations. For PSI, I had initially thought to post process this photo in colour but later I went for fine art. It clicked!
A back bencher who loves to learn through exploration is how Mohammed describes his style of photography. He loves peace, colors and fragrances a lot. We can see mostly vibrant colors, peaceful cityscape, travel shots, landscapes water bodies and nature shots in his collections. Most of his photographs show lines, patterns, shapes, leading lines, vanishing points and so on with a distinctively short caption. He rarely travels long distance specially to hunt for his shot, instead, he prefers moving around and capturing his surroundings in ways never thought of and imagined. Doing so gives him an artistic high!
♦ FIP Gold in Fotofest international circuit for his pic – Conversation
♦ Winner In Pitara 2017 Photography competition organized by Simply Wish
♦ Commendable Mentions in Fotorbit India National Salon 2016 in Nature and Travel
♦ Selected by legendary Raghu Rai in ISA MOSTRA Envision 2016 among top 100 best photos
Selection in PSI was very special for me to start the new year with new energy and when my work got exhibited in Jahangir Art Gallery, I was on cloud nine!
About PSI and GPU
The Photographic Society of India has been serving the good cause of photography since its inception in 1937 and thus becoming one of the oldest Photographic Society in our country. Some of our country’s best photographers have had their roots in PSI. Founded in Netherland in 2007, Global Photographic Union brings together professional and amateur enthusiasts of all ages and levels of achievement. As a non-profit organization, its mission is to promote and enhance the art and science of photography in all its phases.