My name is Shahd Tarek, I work as a graphic designer and take photography as a hobby. I’m an avid admirer of investigating the unknown, a traveler, a visionary, a deep thinker, an optimistic junkie. What triggers me are complex phrases, weird intricate patterns, difficult concepts, abstractions; I am not really sure about what the rules are but I always construct simple solutions to each problem I face (less is more), and these things are mirrored onto my shots. I’ve been shooting analog for some time now, and all I can say is that it has changed my life. When you shoot analog, as a standard, you click a lot less with a big increase in quality. You start to think twice before pressing the shutter and you learn fast to identify the kind of life material that will provide you with the great picture you need.
I can’t count the times I positioned a model in place, looked over the viewfinder, and after a few minutes of compositions said “nope this won’t work lets go over there”. Even for digital shooters, analog is a great way to practice visualizing images in mind, and focus only on stuff that will really align with your goals. You tend to be more attentive to the stuff happening because you click less, and by clicking less you get more time left to do what really matters: engage with people, connect with your model, interact with the scenery, and explore places, etc. You learn that photography is not about what happens in the camera, but what happens outside it. And since what happens outside the camera is what really makes good photography, you care more about it. - Shahd Tarek