Late­ly, I’ve been think­ing a lot about what I want to do as a pho­tog­ra­ph­er and what kind of images I want to cre­ate. The more I think, the more I real­ize that what makes me love pho­to­graph is peo­ple and light. I want to take pic­tures of peo­ple bathed in a beau­ti­ful light.

I have also been read­ing a lot of pho­to books late­ly to help me in my self dis­cov­ery. As I gazed through book after book, one thing I real­ized has real­ly both­ered me about the world of pho­tog­ra­phy is that when I go to muse­ums or gal­leries, or read mag­a­zines like “Aper­ture,” I have nev­er real­ly seen pho­tographs by a Pak­istani. I have seen sev­er­al pic­tures tak­en in Pak­istan (for e.g. Steve McCurry’s Afghan girl, or Math­ieu Paley’s work) but nev­er one by a Pak­istani pho­tog­ra­ph­er. A part of me has start­ed want­i­ng to take pic­tures to take up space and have a voice.