Portraits of Glamrou for Cause & Effect magazine

A selection of portraits I shot for Cause & Effect magazine to go alongside Glamrou’s article on “how I use drag to continually process my feelings of displacement as a queer Iraqi immigrant in the U.K., constantly in aesthetic flux between East & West in an attempt to stitch all sides of my identity together. Too Western for the Middle-East; too Middle Eastern for the West.”

The FADER: Sisters Uncut

“On Sunday November 20, U.K. feminist activist group Sisters Uncut staged a country-wide day of action. In the south western city of Bristol, protesters set off green and purple plumes of smoke on Redcliffe Bridge. In the northern industrial city of Newcastle, a banner bearing the message “Sisters Uncut Demand Specialist Domestic Violence Services” adorned the Millennium Bridge; further north in Glasgow, Scotland, an outpost of the group took over South Portland Street Suspension Bridge. And in the capital of London — where these photos were taken — hundreds of women stopped traffic on Waterloo bridge during the busiest part of …

New project: Illuminations

Last November I went to Blackpool to photograph the town’s annual illuminations. I’d last visited the city in my early twenties, and memories of its camp festival of lights had stayed with me since. The Illuminations were established in 1879 to prolong tourism in the colder months, and every year from late summer until November over one million lamps light up the seafront’s main road. Gaudy delights await: mermaids, astronauts and go-go dancers all hover above the drivers below. Huge tableaux depicting tales of pirates, Egyptian tombs and Alice in Wonderland jostle for attention with sponsored creations: local jewellers touting …

Exhibition – Undocumented: Healthcare for the Hidden

I have some portraits featured in Undocumented: Healthcare for the Hidden, running from September 7th – 10th at Four Corners Gallery in Bethnal Green. Hamid*, service user, and Dr Craig Rosenbloom, clinic volunteer Hamid came to study in Britain in 2006, but he feared for his safety if he returned to Pakistan and he registered with the Home Office to claim asylum after his course finished. Hamid’s isolated time in the UK, exacerbated by the fear of being deported, saw him develop severe social anxiety and depression. Experiencing suicidal thoughts, as well as excruciating toothache, he finally came to Doctors of the World’s …