Discipline: Graphic Artist/ Fine Art Photography
This work is part of ongoing research on Islamic Patterns and their spiritual dimensions. It examines my fascination with Islamic Patterns and how the west often views them as merely decorative. This was an attempt to bring forth the idea of them possessing a spiritual dimension in another culture/tradition. I found these patterns on manholes/found objects on the street and started my journey photo documenting them. I decided to travel between zones 1-4 on the tube in London, and after collecting over 50 - 60 images i edited them down to these fifteen which were intrinsically Islamic or which i read as being from my cultural sensibility.
I am also interested in collecting imagery of textures and reflections, The last three prints, are a series of images in rain water or still puddles of water which push the boundaries of imagination. I am fascinated to push the idea of perception, where ordinary things can become entirely different, once they are inverted or put in a different context. A reflection in a puddle of water on the street of perhaps something in the sky, can be seen in a completely different light. Ordinary things such as chewing gums which look very disgusting to most people, i read them as patterns on the street and wanted to present them in a rather impressionist fashion.
- Name: ammarsyed
- Country: GB
- Website: www.ammarsyed.com
- Discipline: FINE_ARTIST