Lubna Abdelaziz is a young self-taught fine art photographer from Alexandria, Egypt who started her career as a graphic designer, and has, in a short time, established herself as a professional in her chosen field – with exhibitions both in her home country and abroad across Bahrain, the UAE and Morocco. She says that she was “photographically born” in September 2013 after she graduated from a year-long workshop related to filmmaking at the Jesuits Cultural Center in Alexandria.
Lubna’s work is at once particular and universal. The female souls and bodies that she captures are well rooted in her cultural context – as is evident from their clothing and coverings. But they remain accessible to a wide audience on the basis of the feelings and temperaments that they display.
Some of these girls and women yearn for liberation, for an exit and outlet. Not allowed to express their thoughts and opinions openly, others build high walls around themselves, hiding behind leaves and roses, as in a garden. There’s one who finds the courage to go on with the help of a little candle placed in her heart. Another simply burns away in desperation.
Discover more of Lubna’s poetic pieces on her Behance portfolio (www.behance.net/lubnaabdelazize), Saatchi Art profile (www.saatchiart.com/lubnaabdelaziz), Instagram account (www.instagram.com/lubnaabdelazizofficial) and Facebook page (www.facebook.com/lubnaabdelaziz).
Images used with permission.