Over the years I stood in the crowds near the Maulanas podium and shot pictures , I would never dream of coming into the passage where all this happened so dangerous gruesome is the unfolding of the events once the hardcore matam starts.
But than gradually I stepped down and thanks to friends here Mairaj Ali Kalu Razi Ghulam I was able to capture much of the stuff.Habi and Baqar were always there for me. Danny and Syed Sameer of Piru Lane so I was not attacked by angry Shia matamdars who hate Shi photographers for reasons I could never fathom , and it is because of their spiritual arrogance I began cutting myself ,, now they give me space and if they act tough I dont shoot them .
I have had problems with a kid here and even in Hyderabad during the Bibi Ka Alam procession , I mean who will put it in their brain dead head that what I do is not for money but a Tabli…
My uploading problems at Flickr are a lowest ebb..I was earlier using Mozilla Firefox and the uploader page from within Flickr..I was going through hell only a few uploads happened and the uploading stopped..I thought it was my You Telecom server problem but they washed their hands saying it is a Flickr server problem..
On instructions from my son Asif Shakir a software expert , I switched to Microsoft Internet Explorer and installed the Flickr uploader 3.2.1. and my problems continue, I am still struggling to post pictures I shot on 5 Feb, the same thing happens it the usual reply your pictures did not make it completely..
What beats me is why does not Flickr make its site blogger uploader friendly for people from my end, I know you guys in the United States or Europe and Australia Canada and other places dont have the problems I face.
Sameer of Piru Lane, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. This is Sameers back and his head is worse than his back, he is a very fierce matamdar, his entire family his brothers , his kids his brothers kids are in the forefront at Rehmatabad Shia cemetery on Chehlum day..
They dont stop and nobody can stop them either..I know them since a decade , since the time I began documenting the Shia pain the Shia angst..
When I started shooting Moharam I was quite a coward , I kept away from bloodshed , I had quit alcohol and the psychiatrist had asked my wife I take up something to fill the vacuum , get rid of my withdrawal system that plagued me no end I bought a Nikon F 50 learnt photography under Shreekanth Malushte and was ready to take on the world..this was about 12 years back, and it was Habib Nasser and Baqar Nasser who showed me the Shia side of my heritage and my birthright..
I began shooting Moharam in various cities and began using the flagellating blades , and gradua…
The Shia Blogger Demystified, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. This was shot by a guy , and exposes my vulnerability to pain, a pain beneath the layer of blood..I could not hide , a shia blogger demystified , embedded humility a conscious effort trampling pride ..a mother for her children cried upholding the tenets of humanity he who gave his head he came he saw he died..his blood sprouting seeds of spirituality against oppression against inhumanity .. even god was on his side ..freedom cannot be enslaved manacled chained or denied...hiding truth for over 1400 years they lied ...
hussaino mini wa ana minal hussain..he replied a fire that burns time and tide could not subside