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Shariq Shahbazi Photography Exhibition

Artist Bio

When I was a child, my father had a Pentax camera I was obsessed with. Frankly, he was not a very good photographer­­­—he used a wide-angle lens for all our family portraits— but that was of no concern to me. It was the look and feel of the camera, the suave act of snapping a photo, and the fighter pilot dad behind the viewfinder that drew me toward the Pentax. I was not to touch, only to stare in envy and admiration. I grew up buying disposable cameras, taking pictures of the beautiful places I saw, and feeling that I was creating magic. My increasing photography skills, marked by the purchase of my first SLR camera as a freshman in college, is in my eyes the measure of my entrance into adulthood.

I capture beauty, not only to add to an anecdote, but to share the feeling of experiencing this beauty to my audience. All photographers have an obligation to communicate emotion, perspective, and life. Without us, the world would be filled with uncaptured individual experiences, and it would be incredibly difficult to imagine another’s point of view. We provide a commonwealth of knowledge and inspiration. I feel this is a noble pursuit, and a craft I will hone with a passion as long as I have the energy.

Photography is equal parts art and science. I try not to pin myself to one or the other. As much as I use specific maneuvers and techniques to optimize an image, there is a visceral quality to my work that cannot be compacted into a formula. There is no genre, no perfect ratio of realism to surrealism. There is only beauty and exceptionality, and that is what I endeavor toward when I step behind the lens.

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