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People, culture and place are the subjects that preoccupy London-based photographer Mohtashim Shaikh. Featuring 11 powerful and evocative images, from his portfolio, the exhibition, entitled ‘Humanscapes’, records Mohtashim’s personal vision of the state of the world today. Through his work he invites the viewer to celebrate the capacity of human beings to persist through the inequity of a consumerist and media driven social order. 

 

‘Humanscapes’ is a unique vision exposing meanings in moments that Mohtashim argues are being lost to modern technology and concepts of pseudo progress. A concern for the decline of dialogue and human interaction are the foremost issues that push Mohtashim to the past and a bygone era.

 

Instinctive and breathtaking black and white photography of people in everyday situations and locations is Mohtashim’s starting point from which he leads the viewer to connect to his subjects.  

As he perceives, it is the absence of colour in photography that stimulates and engages the imagination, and frees the mind to see more. More importantly, it is the face, the ‘humanscape’, that tells the story of people; the experiences they’ve lived, the hardships they’ve endured, and the wisdom they’ve gained. Studying the subject through conversation and interaction is vital for Mohtashim, forming trust and kinship with his subjects, and allowing for the vulnerability of human emotion to be visible in his photographs.

Studying the subject through conversation and interaction is vital for Mohtashim, forming trust and kinship with his subjects, and allowing for the vulnerability of human emotion to be visible in his photographs. 

In his travels around the world he seeks to document the everyday struggles and endeavours within these ‘humanscapes’, and challenges us to read the stories suffused in each and every image, all the while presenting the perfect combination of light and shadow, strength and grace, the ordinary and the extraordinary.