HIPA Awards: General (Black & White) Category Winners
A showcase of the winning entries of the General (Black & White) category in the Hamdan International Photography Awards.
“While I was hiking one summer, I came across this desolate tree that stood like a lonely pillar in the midst of nothingness. Something told me that I had to make another trip to the place, in the winter, to photograph the tree in the midst of the vast expanse of snow.”
There was a lot of effort that went towards the making of the photograph. It was a seven hour hike to the spot where the tree was located, in Mount Binalud. It was winter time and the temperature had dropped to -15 degrees. I waited for an hour, till the sun could set, to shoot a long exposure. In the interim, I continued gazing at the lonely tree. It felt like I was almost having a telepathic conversation with it.
“Traditional crafts like bamboo weaving is on a decline, as a majority of the newer generation opt out of learning the skills required for it. The purpose behind the picture was to create a record of the man’s craftsmanship for posterity.”
My father was a carpenter, so I was familiar with his line of work, which involved making bamboo baskets. The man in the photograph, is my neighbour. He is an 80 year old retired carpenter, who still hasn’t lost his touch. I wanted the photograph to be a celebration of his artistry.
“I wanted to shoot the photograph in a way that it conveyed the majestic nature of the bird.”
This is a picture of the White-Tailed Sea Eagle from Poland. It wasn’t easy photographing the bird through its wings, that too, in mid-flight. I was quite lucky to get the shot.
Tags: better photography, Category winners, Hamdan International Photography Awards, April 2018, General (Black & White), Mahdi Pourebadi, Quanhui Liu, Yousife Thyab