Alhamdulillah (Praise to God) – Muhammed Muheisen

Alhamdulillah, a great project my Muheisen which I discovered in World Press Photo Next #02 collection on the topic of Trust. This body of works particular topic within trust is Faith. The project shows subjects who have willingly accepted their disabilities in India. As Muheisen states, “Pakistan is a majority Muslin country, where faith is the most sacred and precious thing  in many people’s lives… Believers accept their fate because they trust in God’s will.”

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This body of work appeals greatly to me, not only by the fact of religion being involved, but also because of the aesthetics of the images. I really like the low key, heavy contrast images which float the subjects away from the thick blackness of the background, which to me simulates the effect of death, coming out of the shadows and embracing their new lives with whatever disabilities they now face, being led by God. The lighting is beautiful, something I am very keen to recreate. I am also a big fan of the use of text below the images to describe the particular persons disability and cause of said disability. Without these descriptive captions, the viewer would be lost. The relationship between text and images are very closely nit and are vital to creating a successful photostory which we see here. Again, something I am very keen on doing myself.

 

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Religion is the key topic at hand in this body of work. Muheisen goes on to say “Allamdulilah is not just a word, it is a deep belief that everything happens for a reason, and that believers should trust God’s will, as all that happens, good or bad, is a test from Allah to challenge their patience and acceptance.” This in itself is a very imactful sentence which I feel describes the project perfectly. I admire the subjects openness to accepting their new-found disabilities and yet still keeping faith.

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One thing that this body of work has inspired me to ask, is to ask Haydar if he thinks the situations in government/around the middle east is effecting their beliefs on religion and how its changing. The Kurds were once considered part of Turkeys own, so why would the Turks now consider them as the enemy if they are the same blood? I am interested if the wars going in is shaking the faith of Kurds and how so.

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