This collection is influenced by an ongoing dialogue that affects Arab women's lives everyday. A dialogue that discusses the restrictions placed on women due to local traditions that have become entwined with religion and identity.
Identity preservation among all cultures is strongly linked to traditions. As our societies move at lights speed to keep up with our changing world, people cling to certain traditions for a sense of safety. Local traditions, as beautiful and an important source of being as they may be, shouldn’t be left unexamined.
Knowing that women represent half of all communities, their potential and energy become valuable resources for a healthy society. If traditions are used as a tool to suppress and control, our communities will become handicapped. Unleashing women’s dreams and embracing their achievements is essential to reach a needed state of societal balance.
By using simple posed images I am able to communicate a very strong statement with no space for abstractness. Although some might feel a mood of darkness looming within the images because of the subject that is being addressed, at the same time the viewer is enveloped by a strong sense of beauty and hope that somehow filters through the eyes of the models.
The juxtaposition of the contrasting colors offers simplicity, minimalism as well as depth and drama. I use black and white photography because it is a medium that gives me control over the whole process of producing the right visual affect that I desire along with conveying my ideas clearly and unobstructed.
Produced in 2005 - Medium: Silver Gelatin Print. Size: 16 x 22 inch. Editions 10 + AP