Limited time only: Access pro member benefits for less than $5/month. Access Classes, Stats, Priority Directory listing and more!Upgrade now

Maryam Arif

My style of photography can best be described as observational and non-intrusive. I don’t try to change or move anything in the space that has inspired me to take a photograph. Ever since I was a child I have gravitated towards beauty. I love life, people, nature... and to capture the true placidity of our existence is what drives my interest and passion for photography. I am a trained medical doctor and a self-taught artist, which makes my journey towards my chosen profession of photography quite interesting. I think subconsciously, my interest in this medium was always there, as I can’t recall any time in my life when I did not have not have a camera with me. Even as a child, I had a fascination with photography. I used to prefer to shoot with black and white film, and my choice of subjects was also strikingly similar to my current work, in which light, shadow, architecture and its relationship to the surrounding space play a pivotal role. I was never drawn to people as a subject—my interests were more abstract. The one thing that inspires me most in my work is ‘light’. I love the way light can change the feel and perspective of something simple and mundane into something extraordinary and magical.
Man-made environment and the relation of human beings to their surroundings is a common theme in my photography. My work is heavily influenced from my scientific education. The human mind fascinates me. Every human being is different, each has a different way of perceiving and relating to their environment, and much of this perception is controlled by the human mind. In my work, I try to explore the intricacies of the human mind by choosing abstract subjects. My approach is about self-discovery and my work pertains to the individual’s experience—hence, the narrative I build in my work is universal. People in this world share common traits and perspectives about the world at large. Therefore, I believe people all over the world can identify with the ideas and concepts I bring forth through my work. When I travel, I get a chance to observe and compare different viewpoints and perspectives. A lot of my visual experiences are in terms of the cultural differences I observe, which inadvertently plays a role in the concepts I develop. So in a way, my work is a cross-cultural study.

  • 36,715 Affection
  • 287,440 Photo Views
  • 2,284 Followers
  • 4,871 Following
  • Lahore, Pakistan