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The Hijab

The Hijab, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 135,147 items / 1,010,493 views

the hijab
is a garment of
modesty they all know
but the west considers
it a garment of a woman's
oppression a womanly woe
though it is not part of
their religiosity their
ire on the hijab show
burn it ban it the hijab
they would
love to overthrow
it is sad
a peaceful
garment poetic
in nature its
imaginary faults
they over blow
a weapon
of mass destruction
they wont easily
let it go
so from this pain
my poem flows
my grand daughter
wears it on her
as innocence
as beauty as joy
it grows
her modesty
covered
head to toe
from her heart
into our heart glows
its her choice
a woman's birthright
her body her soul
she wont expose

Marziya Shakir The Burqa Friendly Child

Marziya Shakir The Burqa Friendly Child, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 135,146 items / 1,010,458 views

she is in tune with
burqa a traditional
garb of her faith
a shia child
follower of ahle bayt
she is what she is
her destiny her fate
her innocence
her mental state
a hope called
marziya shakir
out of a tear
he did create
a gift of life
on a silver plate
a poem within
a picture
even without
words human
to translate
allah ho akbar
gods bounty
his generosity
a manifestation
his godly trait
god is indeed
great
bound to humility
humanity
love without hate

Whipper Boy

Whipper Boy, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. They start of very young watching their father brothers slashing their bare backs with the whips, their way of earning a living on the streets of Mumbai.


I have enjoyed shooting this tribal community and showcasing their lives as a set on my Flickr photo stream.

The Whipper Boys at Bandra Band Stand

The Whipper Boys at Bandra Band Stand, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. This was the other kid and they both played their parts to the hilt.

And I dont think they were regular whippers and I was not very passionate as I had not yet come on the Internet.I was a photographer but not a blogger.

Being a blogger makes you enter the arena where angels fear to tread.

And I shot pictures impulsively even now it is my heart that rules the moment I press the decisive button on my camera.

And than it brings me to another topic , how to make the most of our social networking site, I use Facebook as a Blogger ..my pictures are blogs , blogs that think talk and make you talk to as voraciously as me.

I hardly access Twitter but I tweet from Flickr at the click of a Mouse.

I have over 11000 Tweets till date

I pimp my blogs through Facebook and Twitter

The Golden Goddess and the Whipper Boy

The Golden Goddess and the Whipper Boy, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. Photography the kind I do sweeping the muck on the streets with my camera is about Luck by Chance.
I am lucky and a God assisted photographer and God is a miser in more ways than one he has a brand he desperately wants to sell , and at the same time he does not want to shell out money too, so in comes the street photographer who shoots Gods underbelly of pain for free.. and shares it with all of you on Flickr Facebook and Twitter .The Trinity Father Son and Unholy Ghost..in a micro blog.

So in short some pictures would have never happened here I dd not have a camera but Rs 50 got me the pictures plus the ricksha fare to bring the camera from home.. and I did not give te expense voucher to God in this case.

One thing I must assure you I dont go stalking for pictures they pass by my way in any case.

Good or bad in street photography does not exist you should have the magic in your capture to make …

Facebook Never Sleeps

Facebook Never Sleeps, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. I must confess photography is a subject that faces me and the person I shoot in a great conundrum..they always tell me why I shoot them dont I get tired of shooting them, what do I get shooting them, they are aware that I have a shop and my profession is not photography, I am into tailoring clothes.

They also know those whom I shoot regularly I dont sell pictures nor will my pictures be published in Mumbais elite newspapers but it satisfies me being published as a memory on peoples heart and soul people I dont know from Adams.

And in all humility I shoot muck but not the kind of muck that a photo journalist shoots day in and day out without ever getting tired.

I see pictures before they become images and I dont see it with my camera but with my eyes...once you are a street photographer you stop being a visionary.. you see life you shoot life.

I dont think I have the patience nor the inclination to shoot a hodre of…

The Whipper Boy Band Stand Bandra

The Whipper Boy Band Stand Bandra, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. Since the time I began photography almost 10 years back I have been fascinated with a community that whips itself to eke a living, I call them whippers and some of them are followers of Goddess Ambe.

I shot them and this boy I shot at Band Stand , I shot him in color and slide.

Actually when I spotted them I did not have my camera I told them to wait and promised them Rs 50 .

I rushed home got my camera and shot an entire slide roll I gave them the amount I promised them and this is unique picture as the whippers normally dont pierce their cheeks.

Its another story I never ever saw them again, and these days you hardly see the whippers on the streets of Mumbai.

Some know me some make heavy demands so I stopped shooting them.

But all in all I have had a great rapport with them and a few years back I took the whip from a whipper who was a regular visitor at my old shop and in the middle of the road I whipp…

Shooting Life From a Cab

Shooting Life From a Cab, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. Updated 10 July 2010

Most of my street pictures are shot from moving cabs as my camera eye is alert to situations and life that unfolds itself in a fraction of a second and I shoot it in a fraction of a second too.

This was shot a few years back and these kids are bathing on the side of a road in Parel Mumbai.. and unaware of prying eyes .

Water is at a premium for people who live on the streets a leaking Municipal water tap is a blessing in disguise.

And mind you they survive wild orchids have no fear of untimely death on the streets one die another few more will be born.

These are common scenes so nobody really bothers about them, cars pass by most of them dont see all this with the tinted glasses on their souls.

Photography is a medium of my street poetry.. I poetize images with words or sometimes wordlessly, like this post that was devoid of text when I posted it.

Sometimes you can keep a post blank and the v…

Appu My Best Friend

Appu My Best Friend, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. Updated 10 July 2010

These are my oldest images when I visited Chor Bazar on Fridays to scrounge for old stuff old cameras I had over 300 of them and I gave them away a few years back for peanuts, and I shot this limbless phenomenon Appu My Best Friend.


And he always had a smile on his face and mind you as a street poet it was not his bodys deformity I showed you , but his resilience of human spirit , though battered bruised he was happy uncomplaining.

This was a blank post here at Flickr I am adding text for those who dont know Appu..

Appu stopped sitting at Chor Bazar , I dont know the reason why , than he would disappear for months and resurface at Mahim church.

It was here in 2008 I introduced him to my mentor Dr Glenn Losack.

Last I shot Appu was when I took my grand daughter Marziya Shakir without informing anyone at home.


I gave Marziya Rs 20 and without showing her Appu who was not visible let her walk in the…