I was waiting with my friend (whom I call chacha) at the main road near Uttara. He was supposed to go to Mohammedpur this night as his nephew’s birthday was on the next day. This series of photographs talks about the random characters and stories I found within those 3-4 minutes. And it was a strike of 36 hours. The photographs were shot all around the 21st hour.
A rickshaw puller with his rickshaw on the main road. Only during the strikes and national holidays, they get to become the kings of the main road.
The villain; he was charging double of the normal rate from the average people in that area. At the end the driver was looking if there was any potential passenger.
A man who did not rush to the CNG and did let four women in that place to take it first.
The bus won’t even give a brake. Anybody who wants to get on has to rush for it.
My friend Chacha inside the box. I think he will be alright. Because the driver has mother’s prayers with him, or at least thats what is written at the back in Bangla.
A series of photographs of people that I photographed from 1st March’13 to 4th March’13. I have started learning how to start communication with people and gradually ask permission for taking their photographs. These are some of the photographs that I was able to take of different people of different ages.
Aged approximately 50 years, he is Mohammed Hazrat; a father, a husband and a street shopkeeper. He runs his own pitha ghar where he sells pitha.
A driver by profession; his name is Mohsin. He has been driving local three tire-vehicles in Dhaka for the last 16 years.
42 years old Golam-E-Molla has been running tea shop stalls for over 10 years. He is from Barisal and stays here in Uttara, Dhaka with his family.
A cobbler with a shop on footpath; his name is Mohammed Mainuddin and he is 33 years old. He is also known as Mainuddin from Jashimuddin.
24 years old Tasfiq Mahmood is a student, an employee in an add agency and a hobbyist photographer. He is currently doing a 365 photography project.
Aged 14 years, he is Shamim; a servant and a baby sitter at one of the homes in my neighborhood.
“The Pledge, The Turn, The Prestige” is an abstract work which I have presented after getting inspired from my childhood fantasies and Christopher Nolan’s movie which was released in 2006.
Every great magic trick consists of three parts or acts. The first part is called “The Pledge”. The magician shows you something ordinary: a deck of cards, a bird or a man. He shows you this object. Perhaps he asks you to inspect it to see if it is indeed real, unaltered, normal. But of course… it probably isn’t
The second act is called “The Turn”. The magician takes the ordinary something and makes it do something extraordinary. Now you’re looking for the secret… but you won’t find it, because of course you’re not really looking. You don’t really want to know. You want to be fooled. But you wouldn’t clap yet.
Because making something disappear isn’t enough; you have to bring it back. That’s why every magic trick has a third act, the hardest part, the part we call “The Prestige”.