Fine Art

Fine Art to me can mean a lot of things. 

Fine Art is bold. Fine Art is captivating. Fine Art is fulfilling. Fine Art is powerful. Fine Art is political. Fine Art is controversial. Fine Art is romantic. Fine Art is passionate. Fine Art is engaging. Fine Art is simple. 

My work is non-conventional and not every body identifies with it. And that's okay with me. Before I click the shutter, I ask myself how will that picture be better and different than my previous ones. If I cannot answer that question, I re-think and make changes. With Fine Art work, I get to know my subjects, their history, their character and their story. Interacting with my subjects makes art personal to me. When it is something I can experience and attach a meaning to, it becomes special.



I like to communicate through art. Everyday, I try to understand the relationship between the light source, projection, the plane where light hits and reflection of light off the human body. I received my first camera at the age of seven. Twenty one years later, I am still learning everyday. Lately, I am focused more on film photography. Of all photographic forms, I find pinhole photography the best. It is simple, yet very emotional and thought provoking. 

I use a pinhole camera that I made myself. 

With pinhole photography, I have to think hard about composition and framing. I then open the shutter and allow light to pass through the pinhole aperture. I allow a few calculated seconds for exposure, then I close the pinhole aperture. The few seconds when the light travels through the aperture and hits the film, is what makes pinhole photography so interesting to me. 

It doesn’t work all the time. Too much exposure and the details are washed out. Too little exposure and there isn’t much to see. It has to be done just right. On a roll of film, there are as many failures as successes. But when I hold a well exposed, distorted black and white image in my hand, believe me, it feels magical. That is interaction! Through pinhole photography, I don’t capture just the moment, but rather, a passage of time. Every single exposure that I do has a story that lasts a few important milliseconds.



There is something nostalgic about the blurry black and white images produced by a carefully constructed pinhole camera. My work might not have any commercial value but it satisfies the inner artist in me. You know it is Fine Art when it stirs something within you.


Yusuf Kidwai