Upon establishing herself as a renowned photographer in Kuwait, Maha picked up and left for New York City for the next adventure. Fearless and passionate, her work embodies a similar flair. Check her story out below.
Say hello to Maha:
Where are you from?
Hello, my name is Maha Alasaker. I’m a Kuwaiti photographer based in New York City. I was born and raised in Kuwait, and moved to NYC in August 2013.
How would you describe your visual style?
My personal projects engage with identity and culture. My work acts as my voice to express myself. I am really bad with explaining myself in words, so I use photography as a tool to say what’s on my mind!
How do you find your inspiration?
My subject matter is the woman. I use different approaches and techniques, depending on the issue I am trying to raise in my work.
Do you get photographer’s block? If so, how do you overcome that?
Often, and I hate it when it happens! What I usually do is force myself to take random pictures. Keeping in the habit of shooting and looking at what I am interested in helps.
Tell us about your career. How did you get into it?
For a long time, I was in search of my identity and what I wanted to be in life. After high school, I studied Industrial Engineering because I love math! Then, I worked in investment for years, until I figured out that it didn’t make me happy. In 2007, I held a camera and became an addict. I taught myself the basics and traveled to London in 2008 to take a course in fashion photography. I had a studio in Kuwait and worked as an editorial and portrait photographer for six years. I worked with Marie Claire magazine in Kuwait for a year in 2012. In August 2013, I moved to NYC and studied photography at the International Center of Photography. then I wanted to learn more, I traveled to London in 2008 and I took a course in fashion photography. I had a studio in Kuwait and I worked as an editorial and portrait photographer for 6 years. I worked with Marie Claire magazine in Kuwait for one year in 2012. In August 2013, I moved to NYC and studied photography at International Center of Photography.
What types of photography do you do?
I do personal work and fashion photography.
Of the photos you’ve taken, which three are your favorite?
I don’t have favorite photos, but as of now, these are the three that are closest to me.
Photography is competitive. How do you stand out?
By avoiding the competition and doing what I love. Focusing on improving my photography and developing my style will make me stand out.
What’s the best advice you can think of for someone just starting in photography?
Believe in yourself even if you don’t know what are you doing. And don’t wait for the world to love your work, you might face the opposite. In the end, you are ahead of everyone.
Do you have any projects you’d like to show off?
A project called Isolated Mind.
What is your most life-changing event?
Losing my dad on November 25, 2006.
What will you be doing five years from now?
I don’t know yet…. Life is always full of surprises and I am full of adventures.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
Leaving my country after I became a well-known photographer in Kuwait, and moving to New York City to start over.
What’s something you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t?
Go to the moon.
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Maha, thank you for sharing you story with us! 🙂
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