Saturday, September 13, 2014
This is Marziya Shakir my first grand child , I shot over 15000 images of her from the second day of her birth , many are private ,I think I kept my love for photography alive by training my lens on Marziya .
I tried to miss nothing Marziyas love for drawing art and craft , her love for animals her love for life her compassion for beggars and slum kids ,,
Much of her pocket money she gave to a homeless lady called Umbrella Lady of Bandra Reclamation who passed away unsung recently,
Marziya is now year old.. and has come a long way .
Aviary is stll not saving my edited version of the colored image so I am manually saving it as PNG File and posting the same as a new upload .
I love Black and White ,,
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Marziya Shakirs birthday is 24 November .
But we are in Moharam time and in mourning so we celebrated her birthday on 7 October .
It was a very simple birthday part with a few of Marziyas childhood friends her best friend Mehrin Mukadam was at her grandmother house and Marziya missed her the most.
Zinnia Fatima was missing she has left for her mothers hometown for a holiday.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Monday, June 2, 2014
She was my first grandkid , first child of my first child my eldest son Asif and the first child in my family after the birth of my daughter Samiya .
So you can imagine the feelings of being a first time grandfather . Some have to wait a long time to be touched by this stage of second chance at parenting..
And from the second day of Marziyas birth 24 November 2008 , I reached t Holy Family Hospital charged with my camera and after setting my eyes on her I began shooting her non stop..I thought she recognized the camera more than me ,, staring at it with her vivid curiosity .
Unseen by anyone I hurriedly blessed her with my camera ..at that time I was not sure she too would be shooting the streets like me ,,,so the first time seeing her grand father was actually her first tryst with the camera ..
Once she came hope I was delirious and as I wanted to capture every nuance of her birth I went on shooting her , it was madness personified , and Flickr became her lifes album.. it still is.
Marziya had the craziest childhood , I took her around once she grew up a bit , introduced her to the animal farm that is Bandra Bazar Road , goats cats dogs ..
I took her to the traffic signals introduced her to the beggar urchins , and defiantly took her to Mahim when she was a year old to meet my best friend Appu a limbless beggar without hands or legs , I got a great firing for my wife .
And so Marziya became my only companion I shared my thoughts my dreams .
It was at that time when she was born she was blessed by my friend Dr Glenn Losack he gifted her the Nikon D80..
So Marziyas life was centered around the camera , she shot beggars , transgender ,filmstars , and the fisherwomen at the Bandra Fish Market .
She shot the beggars , and they all loved her as she made sure I gave them something , on her birthday the first thing was to take her down as she gave food toys to the beggar kids .
So this picture bought a flood of memories , I became a grandfather for two more in intercession Nerjis Asif Shakir her sister who will be 3 year old on 17 July , and my younger son Saifs daughter Zinnia Fatima about 2 ..both of them use the Canon 60D .without fear of man or God .
Marziya shoots on the heavier Canon 7D too.
All three are on summer vacation leaving this old man with pictures in the mind ..and on Flickr to refresh the soul of my memories.
Sunday, June 1, 2014
Marziys Shakir my 5 year olfd grand daughter shot the Muslim beggar mother and her child on the Canon 60 D not to be left behind her sister Nerjis Asif Shakir
records all this in her mind .. and now she too shoots beggars of Bandra Bazar Road.
And today 6 June is International Childrens day what greater tribute than this .
Three sets of eyes each narrating a diverse story ,and a pair of young eyes that shot this as a street shot ..
I stood by and did not direct this single shot street film ..or poetry of life.
Saturday, May 31, 2014
Since a very early age I made my two year old granddaughter aware of the pain and the life of beggars .. specially Muslim beggar mothers with their children.
Later I made her shoot them too and now Marziya is six years old ,, has seen a lot of life..
Friday, May 30, 2014
“Jahan Jahan Uthi Nazar,
Hussain Hi Hussain Hain,
Shajar Shajar, Samar Samar,
Hussain Hi Hussain Hain,
Zameen Se Aasman Talak Nazar Gayi Jahan,
Dua Dua, Asar Asar,
Hussain Hi Hussain Hain,
NABI ki Pusht-e-Pak Ho,
Ya Karbala Ki Khaak Ho,
Ghuroor-e-Sajda Jis Ka Sar,
Hussain Hi Hussain Hain,
Jo Zair-e-Taigh, La-Ilah
Kaha To Keh Utha Khuda,
Hai Jis Pe Mujh Ko Naaz Woh,
Hussain Hi Hussain Hain,
Kata Ke Sar, Luta Ke Ghar,
Karay Jo Sajda Khaak Par,
Zameen Pe aisa Moa’tbar,
Hussain Hi Hussain Hain..”
Sunday, May 25, 2014
I told Marziya Shakir to shoot him , and what did she see , she saw what all of us have no time to see she saw a larger picture a vast canvas ,, she saw an old man product of Muslim society , a war veteran of life who lay injured bruised on the street side , waiting to be seen by someone..
He is a beggar and a few coins wont even give him a decent lunch.. and I wish the Congress motormouths had seen all this ..but beyond their glorified cjamchas and sycophants they see nothing they did not even see defeat lurking nearby ,, and now they are not even left with toffess in their hands .
This is the dark side of Bandra where I live , the filthiest dirtiest area and mind you ministers of the Congress dont live here it is their extended vote bank ,.. further from where I stay are the larger vote banks of rad the names Rajeev Nagar Indiraji Nagar and the eponymous Nargis Dutt Nagar .. Nargis Dutt was Mother India mother of Sanjay Dutt Namrata and Priya Dutt our ex MP..a very clean honest sincere person let down by her own part coterie ..
I stitched her father Mr Sunil Dutt saab suits .. once upon a time ..before he passed away leaving his legacy his love bequeathing his political responsibility to Priya Dutt ..and she just blew it in the Winds .
The voter Madam is no more dumb his pain is wide awake you never realized it .
I wish you well through a picture shot by a child ..see his eyes deep inside is the fear of living not death.. you guys lost touch with humanity and poetic justice .
Saturday, May 24, 2014
This is an old memory , and Marziya gave sweets chocolates and food to the Muslim beggars .
And this is important to make children aware of those children that dont even celebrate their birthdays living from hand to mouth ..
Today Marziya is 6 years and has come a long way with me and the camera of life.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
She was merely two days old when I lay eyes on her at Holy Family Hospital Bandra , the first day we could not see her ,and I began shooting her pictures , taking in her beauty her gift of life .When she came home from the hospital I could not stop shooting her , and she gazed at the camera ,soon she began touching the camera as she grew , from toddler , to her first step.
I took her around Bandra , carrying her on my waist I shot political rallies , Sufi processions , and I could not take her far but I did take her to Mahim stealthily , to meet my beggar friend Appu, he has no legs no hands , and she saw life ,, the stump of life ,,,
I gave the camera in her hands , when she was 18 month old , made her shoot the Ganpati Pandals , made her shoot Durga , and took her to the various Durgtsavs , for almost two years , making her stand on a chair and shoot Hope and Hindutva ,, message of peace Hope Humanity as I saw it with my eyes .
I took her to the Parsi Fire Temple Tata Agiary Bandra and late Mr Vazifdar the High Priest ..was very kind to her .. she still asks for him..
I took her to St Peters Church made her shoot the interiors , St Andrew Church , Mount Mary , and than when photographers friends Glenn Losack Marc De Clercq , Kim Viola , Jean Marc Gargantiel and s many others came home she had a brush with fame shooting them.
I made her shoot Moharam, Shia kids scourging on the streets of Bandra ,and as she began using the camera independently she shot Mr Rajesh Khanna , and was his favorite child , she met Salman Khan at his house and her tryst with photography continued , shooting beggars , the demarginalized , the beggars loved her ..
She shot St Stanislaus Republic day functions , was friendly with dogs cats goats of our area , and Marziyas storyboard is a set on Flickr .. and Blogspot.
,,I made her net savvy Twitter Facebook.. that I used for her on proxy.
But once her sister Nerjis Asif Shakir was born she stepped aside and let me train Nerjis with the camera ..Marziya is now 6 and a half year old , more studious , more private , and she can shoot pictures ,, I put her on to Auarium fishes , but than Nerjis usurped her tanks and all the 11 Flowerhorns ,, at home , including the Java finches .
I mostly take Nerjis out on the streets as Nerjis is fast , and cordial pays the beggars she shoots and even the kids in the slums.
The Bandra Reclamation homeless lady is dead but both gave their pocket money to her , and I dont shoot Marziya .. but these were casual shots I took.. now Marziya recites Nohas , knows to cook chapattis and takes care of Zinnia and Nerjis ..
Both Nerjis and Marziya love water colors and Doremon..
Every year they wait for Marc De Cler or Glenn and the greatness of these photographers has rubbed off on them as humility .. of being able to see what others cant see .. the unknown zone of mystical zone of bringing to life ,,, what was unexposed .. on the human consciousness .
Mr Shreekanth Malushte one of my Gurus has been the guiding force on both my talented grand daughters .. but I must hastily add though I have not instilled photography manically on my third grand daughter Zinnia Fatima she can shoot pictures to...
My grandkids are all Canon Users ,,.Marziya uses the EOS 7D with a vertical grip , Nerjis uses the lighter Canon EOS 60D ..
I thought this picture needed me to tell you a story hopefully I did ,,, to the grandparents in waiting out there ..