Let me introduce you the star of this feature, Bassem or as you may know him . Why Bassem? Because!!
Because I like his status of down to the earth man. No high altitudes, turbulence or drama.. Simple everyday life and tranquil moments of beauty. Mary, I believe, would describe his works as slow photography, but maybe I'm wrong. All I know for sure is the fact he enjoys photography a lot and the simple process of finding, framing and creating brings him joy. And that is all that matters!
Also, I wanted to get to know him a little better..
Bassem has helped my busy schedule too.. I have asked him to write a 'bio' of himself, something he would like you to know about him..
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Bassem: I was born in Lebanon and raised in Austria and Egypt. My family background is too complex to go into here and frankly irrelevant to me being a photographer. However, I feel it is of value to mention that I am influenced by Egyptian, Arabic, Austrian, German, English, American and French culture and heritage. By Education I am a mechanical engineer and computer scientist, by profession a systems analyst and software developer. I live both in Vienna, Austria and Munich, Germany… not at the same time. I am Austrian by nationality, but lived most of my life in other countries… there is no single place I would call home (having been a refugee), but several where I got homely.
As far back as I can remember, it’s far, I’m 50, I have been a visually fixated person. Due to my dyslexia I never became an avid reader or writer for that matter (when I read I listen to audiobooks). I never learned to play an instrument, but am very much into music appreciation and dance. Movies are my thing, though.
Movies, movies, movies… from Hollywood to Bollywood, just can’t get enough. Yes, it was my dream to study at a film school. Photography was my attempt at learning how to frame and capture a story. Circumstances did not allow for me to follow my dream, but I held firm to my camera. So I took courses in film appreciation and photography at university… being able to take such courses for credits towards graduation is something I loved about the American University in Cairo (Egypt).
My first serious camera was a Nikon FE2 with both a 35 and an 85mm lens, which I got from my father beginning of the 80’s of the last century. I developed my own b&w film and enlarged my prints, and shot many slides as well. In the courses I took I was introduced to the most well-known photographers of the time, there was much inspiration and fascination to be found, but only one photographer I could instantly relate to: Henri Cartier-Bresson. I love how he could capture the spirit of a moment, forever real and surreal!
Cartier-Bresson in photography and Jean-Luc Godard in film were the greatest influences when I started shooting. I tried my hand at all genres of photography, and still do, but street and nature are the two which move me the most. Street is the sport, nature is Zen. Though these two are quite different, in both I try to capture a feeling. Of course street is also a situation “thing”, and I do enjoy shooting and watching this kind of street. In all cases though I believe in the “decisive instant”, when all elements converge… the anticipation, the trill, click!
All I can hope to achieve is that the viewer is transported to share and feel this moment with me.
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