This was one time I let Marziya Shakir shoot an entire series , running with the players and the ball, and the players making way for her , respecting her talent dribbling the camera while they dribbled and ran with the ball.
But since this year I hardly take her out, now it her sister Nerjis Asif Shakir 23 month old who loves the camera and taking pictures of guests who come home and beggars on the street ..
I have another grand daughter Zinnia Fatima 20 month old who loves the camera too..
It is amazing the range of emotions , when a child shoots a child , both on the thresh hold of life ..both with dreams , and these are Marziyas earliest shots as a street photographer , she was never intimidated with the camera ..the most important part of photography, is how you hold the camera and the respect you give your camera , double the respect it gives back to you..the camera gradually becomes a friend a soul mate and the camera and the photographer are basically a single united entity.. Fuck F Stops ,,,
Initially being broke and new to photography it was the more famous Nikon that I used for several years , both film and digital.. it was F100 and later the Digital Disaster Nikon D 70 ,and last and never again Nikon D80..
I switched over to Canon 7D and Mariya uses Canon 60 D and Canon 7D after switching over from Nikon D80 and Nikon D3100.
One thing is dead sure we will never ever use a Nikon even if we get it free,,,Nikon is overrated in India but we consider it a piece of you know what .. suffice to say.
Nerjis Asif Shakir 23 month old with help from me uses the Canon 60 D ..
I guess we are opinionated but than it is our choice our money .. and we have a fundamental right to a personal opinion..
Marziya Shakir spent a lot of her time at the Bandra Bazar fish market , the school of life and photography,she got along with the Kolis and they spoke to her in their language that she responded with understanding and kindly gestures ..
Manjula Khankian from Worli Gaon was Marziyas favorite , not in this picture .. and today Manjula is a grand mother too of a baby girl.. born recently.
My familys first grand child , bought up by conservative parents.., the head scarf hijab her birthright , she began shooting on Nikon D80 gifted to her by Dr Glenn Losack, he saw something in her and thankfully did not give her a Barbie Doll..
After the Nikon D80 started falling apart she was gifted the Nikon D3100 by my dear friend Zain Hussain..
Now she uses the Canon 60D or the much heavier Canon 7D without any help from me...
So Marziya has come a long way, and these are memories old ones I am bringing back to Life .. tweaked as reminiscences of days gone by of a little child.
Because Marziya Shakir was my first grand child I documented her life in pictures , never missed a …
Marziya Shakir my grand daughter has bee watching, absorbing street pain , since she was 2 year old, the same time I introduced her to street photography, shooting what I shot ,,the life of the unfortunate members of our society , beggars and others.
I made Marziya give money to them , to understand how the system of gratification works , I made her understand humility, that has nothing to do with camera conceit, our pictures will seek you out one way or the other provided you are sensitive to street pain.
Now Marziya Shakir 5 year old hardly moves out, homework, Doreamon etc so Nerjis Asif Shakir her 23 month old sister has taken charge of the camera and I teach her human emotions, pain , and the other side of a heartless world .. what keeps both the wolds from not falling apart is the essence of Humility.
Grand Pa I Will Go Crazy Shooting What You Shoot ,, Says Marziya To Me, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr. shooting beggars with their beggar bowls shivering in the rains a tattered stole .. shooting beggars is that our goal street life of pain poetry pathos out of mans control a world beyond the world through a camera hole tell me grand pa .. do we really have to capture soul living in slums hellholes free them leave them on the high seas ' through the porthole browse and scroll
Most of the time it is the Muslim male and his family and circumstances that force Muslim woman to beg, and I can challenge you the so called social activists in Muslim society , women wont sit next to her ask her what forced these circumstances on her .. it is all lip service and I have shot images that nobody is interested to shoot ,,, the malaise is not just Muslim beggar woman it touches all beggar mothers per se .
baithi hoon main rah par waqt ka intizar hai ..maut bhi ati nahi.. hamari muflisi se bezar hai.. ma ki mamta beech sadak bikti hai .. yeh kaisa ma ka pyar hai chod kar mujhe .. is hal par lachar kimet bhi farar ha…
faces i saw i shot faces that linger on my consciousness like a blood clot giving life to a moment a poor mans lot wrinkled face painfully etched eyes bloodshot seeking hope nervously somewhat you came as a beggar emptyhanded you go back as a beggar criminally conceived cosmic plot you leave behind every thing you bought death where is thy sting says the soul distraught
If peace hope humanity mutual coexistence is what you seek all bound to a rare bond of togetherness so to speak everyone helping the weak protecting the meek mind you if you provoke them wrongly they will certainly not give you the other cheek a kick up your pompous ass even if made of burmah teak ramzan xmas good friday easter mount mary feast diwali ganesha festival govinda dassera moharam michami dukdam gautam buddha jayanti guru nanak birthday guru gobindjis birthday pateti nowroz including bakra eid ambiance of faith piety charity good deeds .. bandra queen of the suburbs is unique