27th of April 2021.
Hidden away in Libya lives a humble, yet exceptionally talented, photographer by the name of Bashar Shglila. Bashar has traveled far and wide, collecting moments that have won him multiple awards, allowing him to share what inspires him. This week, we caught up with Bashar to find out what makes him tick.
“Photography gave me a different taste of life” claims Bashar when asked about his journey into photography. Having started with a Compact Sony P200 camera back in March 2009, now Bashar regularly participates in exhibitions showcasing his work, along with becoming an established contributor on Getty.com and flickr. His best work shows off the movement and vibrancy of those whom he photographs. His images range from the ends of North Africa in Morocco, capturing scenes like the hustle and bustle of leather dye workers, to the beautiful and calm inside walls of the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.
“I like to photograph the different cultures of people, such as their festivals, costumes and dances” Bashar continues, when discussing the approach in which he takes. Instead of planning out a photoshoot or sketching prior, Bashar likes to capture real people in the moment, “ Most of my photographic work depends on the available event. I don’t plan but I shoot what I see in front of me”
When asked about advice he would give aspiring photographers, he stressed the importance of online discovery, especially when it comes to photographic skill and art direction. “Create your own style, this will make you compete for real and do not think locally, go direct globally!” which is absolutely the path Bashar has walked, it is no secret that things have been tough in Libya and this was a factor in Bashar’s journey into the creative wild. Bashar remains hopeful – “Because of the war, and the new conditions in Libya, Libya is facing a delay in all creative and artistic aspects. Nevertheless, the situation is relatively good compared to the difficult circumstances”
Bashar admits “Humanity, happiness and hope in human beings” is what inspires him most in his work. He is also has passionate ties to western culture, for example he is a rocker at heart and a huge fan of Pinkfloyd, Rod Stewart, Dire Straits and Oasis. Listening to these legends definitely give Bashar a boost whatever mood he is in.
We would like to thank Bashar Shglila for making time for comment for this feature.
‘Boundless’ is a regular editorial by Aywa Kidah, dedicated to raising the profile of creators from North Africa and the Middle East, with the aim of sharing with the world the boundless talent and stories to inspire. Let us know what you think to our ‘Boundless’ features here.
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