Love for photography
Farhana Fara, owner & photographer at F A Production (@FAP15 ). She is now working as an Assistant director at Prekkhagreeho Visual Factory. In a recent chat with Daily Our Time, the photographer talked about her work.
* What does the International Women’s Day theme, #ChooseToChallenge mean for you in your work life?
The theme #ChooseToChallenge actually plays an important role in setting my new goals. I will try my level best to do the tasks that I thought I would fail to do or couldn’t do. The challenge is to destroy the negative energy which consciously and subconsciously resides within me.
* Why did you choose to become a photographer?
First of all, photography was a way for me to keep myself busy and free from depression. However, as I gradually learnt and studied more about it, I figured that this was also a medium for me to protest and raise my voice against issues. The main reason why I chose photography as my profession is because I enjoy it and it allows me to speak and express my feelings. It keeps my soul connected with me and I can earn as much when it is needed.
*In your opinion, why is it important that more women take up photography in the near future? Do you think there’s a stereotype attached to female photographers?
“Women will do photography” – this particular thought is still not acceptable in our society.
7 years ago when I began my journey, I faced several obstacles and objections from my family. It was solely because they were worried about my safety and future. In the social decay and insecurity we live in, it is not unreasonable for any family to be concerned about the safety of girls but, it is our duty to give this confidence to the family, it is our responsibility to make sure that we are making the right decision. While earning money for girls is still a second option as basic life skills – cooking, washing dishes, tidying the house, taking care of family are considered as the main jobs of girls only; it is still extremely difficult for a girl to be a photographer in our society.
Surprisingly, many people still do not view photography as a profession but rather as a hobby. If I leave out this so called viewpoint of our society, I will request more girls to take up photography as their profession because I personally think the photography sector for girls has a lot of potential. All that is essential is mental strength and belief.
*How important is it for women to lift each other up and what does that mean to you?
If girls don’t help each other, there will be no one to support us. It is difficult to move forward alone, but if we move forward in a united manner, we will be able to overcome the barriers that come our way and we will be able to create a very strong ground for ourselves.
*On International Women’s Day, what is the most important message you want to send out to young women thinking about their careers?
As a profession, one should choose the job that gives them maximum satisfaction. If the work is not fun and if one has no interest, it is difficult to survive in the long-term. My advice to young women will be to never give up and to constantly try to outdo oneself. The more we can improve our skills in our areas of interests, the more our professional acceptance will grow.
Interviewed by Sejuti Mourin & translated by Sabah Mannan