I found myself growing up, feeling a responsibility to understand as much as I could of the big topic i.e. LIFE. It is therefore not surprising that by the time I was eight I was not managing to understand anything; but unknown to me many others had felt the same way and invented photography to solve this very problem. My first photograph was on a windy beach in the north of Scotland. Later as years passed I grew sad at all the beautiful things I had known that ceasing to exist and decided that whenever possible I would try to keep some of them with me. I found myself in Pakistan where it seemed there were many beautiful things and they were being replaced with things of less beauty. So I stayed to take photographs of what was not going to be there tomorrow.
How I work
Ruh Khitch, translated from Punjab as'Spirit Pulling',refers to the way the photographer puts his hand inside the camera and pulls out the photograph. The camera is just large enough to contain a focusing screen and two trays of photographic chemicals;adeveloper and fixer. This mini darkroom/camera combo, allows an image to be a shot, on photographic paper, and processed within two minutes.Being able to judge the exposure by examining the negative is an important feature in a camera that has no shutter. The lens comes from an old enlarger and the exposure time are between 1 and 4 seconds. This means all photographs are taken with the cooperation of the subject who has to remain as still as possible during the exposure.