Rafique Sayed

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Rafique Sayed


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About Rafique

When I was a child, I was only interested in cricket. Pictures never attracted me, ads held no meaning.
Photographers were a non-entity,
and models were never more
beautiful than my English teacher.

I came into professional
photography more by chance than
choice. To excel became a matter
of pride, and I chose fashion as my
field of specialisation, which brought
name, fame, arrogance and
a narrow vision. Beauty came to be
defined as a perfect physical entity,
not more, not less. Photography
was: turning people into beautiful,
babydoll images, expressionless,
but beautiful. Lines of character –
which, according to Audrey Hepburn,
are lines of knowledge – started
vanishing; if not by makeup and
lighting, then, by the simple stroke of
a mouse.

After ten to twelve years, it all
seems like history. For I awoke one
morning, and unlike the great Dali
who used to think what the great
man would do that morning, I found
that I had nothing to do.

I had an almost empty canvas
before me, with very few pictures of
fashion and beauty in one corner...
the rest was as naked as truth.

In the words of Kahlil Gibran,
“How mean am I when life gives
me gold and I give you silver, and
yet I deem myself generous.” I
tried to discard the tag of fashion
photographer, and for a change,
shot portraits of real people, nature,
still life, even cars and hotels. The
more I put on my plate, the hungrier
I became. My canvas is still empty. I
need people to help me fill it up with
creative, meaningful and out of the
ordinary work.

I want to give gold for gold.