It's not often you hear of someone throwing away the prestige of a career in law for the creative refuge found behind the lens of a camera but when you do, it's hard to not be impressed. Introducing; Ada Hamza.
"Photography gives me different kind of boundaries. The ones that are inside of me and comes from my inner drive to take pictures. With law it is different, you can also be very creative in understanding and applying law, but there is this whole world of laws and procedures where I don't feel at home. Plus I was never fond of office work and uniforms."
Self-taught, Hamza has an eye for interesting compositions and gentle colour tones. Visual conclusions she says are drawn from the human experience. "I like to think that my work consists of profound but still intuitive observation of environment and people. I don't deliberately choose subjects unless I'm working on commission."
A direct response to life then? "Yes, they are direct response to my surroundings. I wish to show things around me as they are. But through series of these images I try to develop a wider context where my ideas are being constructed. That's also the reason I only shoot 35mm and never use Photoshop."
Hamza's images are uncalculated moments in time, odes to the beauty of simplicity. Devoid of shelf lives, the value of her photographs is intwined with the everyday and act as windows to gaze upon the reality that passes so many of us by without a second thought. We cannot wait to see more.
Words / Anthony Thomas