What are the most and least enjoyable aspects of your job?
Personally, I think the most enjoyable aspect of the job is largely having the choice of my own working hours, meaning there is quite a bit of freedom and flexibility for when and where I work. However, this is simultaneously the least enjoyable aspect of the job, as there always seems to be a drastic uncertainty of how I am going to pay my rent every month.
Whether I am occupied with a self-led long-term project or working for a client, this job is a game of extremes. There are wonderful highs where all things seem to slot neatly in place, which is often followed by crippling low points where it gets very difficult to remember the good parts. For me, photography consumes almost all of my life in some way or another; I am still trying to find a healthy work-life balance. That being said, being a photographer is incredibly rewarding on many levels, so opportunities (such as this interview) really do allow for a deep personal reflection, which is an important process to go through regularly.
What has been the most exciting project of the last twelve months?
XO is a piece of work that began in 2018 while I was completing my final year at university. Since its inception, the project has developed and moulded into something that I am generally very happy with, yet conflicted about overall. It has been incredibly exciting to disseminate the work on a global stage, but I have also questioned my authenticity, validity and success every step of the way.
As a brief summary about the work, the series was intended to tackle personal misconceptions of Middle Eastern culture and Western misrepresentations of the GCC [Gulf Cooperation Council] region by focussing particularly on Muscat, the capital city of Oman. What I hope about the resulting exhibition series with Ffotogallery and British Council is that the work might promote healthy conversation about the themes involved.