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Shadman Shahid selected as finalist in global photography contest

  • Sun Online Desk
  • 10th February, 2016 06:47:35 PM
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Poland-based Grand Prix Photo Festival, a major global forum of photographic events, has selected Bangladesh's Shadman Shahid as one of the 10 finalists for its worldwide annual competition in 2016.


The 27-year photographer made his room in the club of the world's top photographers with his abstract works which he named "Ajna", a Sanskrit word that refers to the idea of "third eye" in English, BSS reports.


"This is the moment we've all been waiting for! We are happy to announce the finalists of Grand Prix Fotofestiwal 2016," read the Grand Prix announcement naming Shadman as one of the 10 photographers, three of them being Germans, two Spaniards, two Belgians, one French and one Polish.


Currently a faculty of country's leading photographic institute "Pathshala", Shadman said he developed his storyline as part of his efforts to explore himself with his camera.


"This idea derived from my spiritual feeling that everything in the universe is within you . . . I prefer to call it as 'self actualization' and in my photographic works I largely relied on mythology and symbols," he told BSS.


Shadman said he started works on the project several years ago when his curiosity prompted him to surrealistic experiment with color and light.


"The process of light painting fascinates me . . . It is what photography literally means, painting with light . . . The technique also forces me to grab pictures in slow shutter condensing many moments into one," he said.


A freelance documentary photographer Shadman born and raised in Dhaka and graduated in photography from 'Pathshala' South Asian Media Academy.


Earlier his works exhibited in Germany, Norway, China, France, India and Bangladesh.


He was nominated for the Joop Swart Masterclass in 2014 and 2015 and was awarded the third prize in the emerging Asian photographer category in the Dali Photo Festival in China in 2015.