Ali Choudhry chose to pursue his interest in photography following the 2011 floods in Brisbane. He has submitted his work in the Lord Mayor’s Photographic Awards, highlighting areas he sees as the head and the heart of Brisbane.
What do you do, why did you choose to go down that path, and what do you love about it?
I am a photographer. I chose this path as a result of seeing the impact photography had during the 2011 floods; how a single photograph could capture instances in peoples’ lives and how collectively photography can capture and showcase a story.
So in that sense, I love how photography is instantaneous and we invoke onto an image the sense of time; what happened before, what is happening, and what may happen? I also like how photography can be used as a communications tool.
What are you currently working on project-wise?
My most recent project is a result of the Lord Mayor’s Photographics Awards 2013; I am creating a large scale circular panorama which highlights the ‘head’ and ‘heart of Brisbane– the CBD which is the commercial center of Brisbane, and Southbank which is one of the great cultural centers of Brisbane.
I plan to continue this series with other locations.
What would you say led you to where you are today? Eg background, achievements, inspiration?
I believe that everything is connected and that everything and everyone in my life has lead me to be the person I am.
I have a background in science from the University of Queensland; but due to circumstance (including the floods), I was able to find photography and haven’t stopped shooting since.
As a person, I am generally shy – photography helped me to better relate with people and surprisingly enough, the core body of my work is in portraiture.
I currently work for a local state magazine that highlights local Brisbane nightlife including clubs and bars. In addition to this I work on portraiture in my spare time. My biggest achievements, I would think, are the times when I am lucky enough to be published… it’s the greatest feeling in the world to know that the effort you put in isn’t going unnoticed.
In terms of photography, my earliest inspiration is Chagal and his use of lines. l I like the subtle nuances in Herb Ritts’s work. I am also inspired by Mark Henderson and his use of color. Finally, I like the stories found in Rodin’s work.
My single favorite art is Rodin’s ‘Celle qui fut la belle heaulmière’. My favorite photograph is Herb Ritts’s portrait of Stephanie, Cindy, Christy, Tatjana, and Naomi.
What do you get up to in your down time? Do you have any hobbies?
In addition to photography, I like the outdoors. I enjoy hiking. I am also a big fan of movies, television and music.
What’s it like being a young person in Brisbane? What suggestions would you make to improve the city?
I think Brisbane is a great mix of small town and big city. It strikes the perfect balance of arts and culture of a big city with easy access to nature and the outdoors of a smaller town. There is also always something to do with the many events that happen in Brisbane.
What advice or inspiration would you share with other young people?
Find your passion and do whatever it takes to make it happen. There are no second chances at life.
Is there anything else you’d like to add? Where can people get in touch with you?
I can be reached via my website http://www.alichoudhry.com or via email at email@example.com