This, could be a living memory, an awareness of a collective identity woven of many stories.
What really is photography about anyway?
For me it is about imagination, vision and seeing. Before you even think of shooting we envision it in our mind. Bringing that final result with the help of the camera of course is the talent we call a photograph!
It is not about the better gear/equipment we have! It is all about seeing. Seeing things differently. The great painters, they never used a camera! They used their imagination. Photography and painting are the same, or any other art. Each bringing what they envision in their mind, to existence in a meaningful way. Arranging the elements in a frame.
Not a pro myself, the only thing you see here are a reason of the many readings I go through. Doing it as a hobby.
Like Ansel Adams said, A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed. I try to do that in each capture.
I will try to comment back, if and when possible, because I spent sometime exploring the work of other photographers. Inspirational they are to me. If I like, I will leave a comment about what I feel about it, if I do not like it, unlike many I'd not say much about it, rather I will leave without a comment.
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"Sharaff's photography has a lots energy, beauty and complexity in it, proving the fact the great mind behind those shots. i think it has potential to grasp every viewers attention to the fullest. If you guys follow the comments he makes you will know not only he is a great photographer but a great teacher as well...
thanks Sharaff for sharing your work.. truly an inspiration !!"
21st October, 2009
""First time I viewed Sharaff photo stream I got hooked right away.
The macro images he took are absolutely phenomenal.
I spent hours looking at his photo stream and can't get enough of his work.
He is one of my favorite macro photographers and he is truly an
inspirational photographer. I am so VERY honored to be one of his contacts.
Thank you sharaff especially for all the advice you gave me. Truly appreciate it :)"
A brilliant photographer but not only that but also a Brilliant friend and teacher,
Thank you for all the help! You have Been AMAZING!!!
"I have been fortunate to have seen many of sharaff fantastic images.
He has been a true source of inspiration for me and many others.
His willingness to help others is what really makes him stand out
head and shoulders above the rest. His body of work in the Macro realm is Magical."
Two words come to my mind whenever I see the name "shoken"
..... WOW and AWESOME! If you are not viewing his
fantastic Flickr Stream of macros, you are missing
one of the visual treats of a lifetime! Sharaff is
definitely "da man" when it comes to creative and brilliant macro work!
Keep shooting and sharing Sharaf because this "Flickrette"
enjoys your AMAZING MACRO's"
joe also interesting his 105 and ur 105"
17th February, 2009
"this DUDE of DUDE..is one hell of a photographer...
if you want someone you can look to for insperation..this is the guy..
his work is allways amazing...and he is one of the rare ones that says thank you after you leave a comment..
muchas gracias my friend..i am a fan.."
18th December, 2008
"Sharaff is a wonderful person, his shots and words are funny, wise and encourage..thanks for your support..big hugs~!
23rd October, 2008
"sharaff is one of my friends who has a great talent..his talent amazes me by his each photograph.. his photo contains the expression, significance, sensory, subjective, psychological, or emotional properties we feel in a work of art, as opposed to our perception of its descriptive aspects..and this isn't all that describes his talent i m out of words now. hehe so keep it upp.. hope to see more of these again and again!! keeping me inspired..
20th September, 2008
Naina Iqbal says:
"Sharaff is a really great photographer. Definitely has the artistic eye. Someone who I really look upto when it comes to photography cuz I've got lots of great advice from him throughout my stay on Flickr. Other than his photographs something else that strikes me are his titles. Each of the pics' titles are chosen specially for it... very carefully I'm sure. Damn creative and cool. Thanks for inspiring me to be a better photographer and take more interest in it =) . Keep shooting!"
25th August, 2008
"Sharaff is one of my favorite people here on flickr. His photostream is absolutely amazing. He seems to have an incredible gift when it comes to seeing things through that lens of his. Thank you for your flickr friendship, Sharaff and never stop taking your great photos!
13th August, 2008
"Sharaff is an amazing photographer! He is unique and has a style that I have not seen before. His quotes are amazing and his editing has a certain look to it that I love! Keep up the great work!"
16th June, 2008
"great,unique photographer indeed........
a great inspiration...........so go on and show da world u can
4th June, 2008
From Cams Eye says:
"HES is a superb photographer with a magnificent gallery of images. He captures it all well, . All of them receive the "magic touch" through the lens of His camera and transform into works of art. Hes not only a great photographer, but also one of the kindest, most generous people I have met on Flickr. Thank you, for the joy of your photos!"
24th May, 2008
"A single glance at your photos is enough for me to say that you took it.. They are so unique and so out of nowhere.. Only you have that 'touch of beauty' in those kind of shots.. Amazing pictures they are, they also speak lots.. And the captions you write for them are amazing as well.. Hope that you'd go a longer way in photography... All the best :)"
11th May, 2008
Aslan Jaleel says:
"I really dont know what to say. I just surfed through your photstream and I find it amazing.Not because of the colours or fous blah blah yaadi yaadi yaa. It just seems as if each of the pictures have a thousand words to speak out. As if every single photo is a story in pixels. I'll always look up to you. Keep it up! Never look back!"
5th April, 2008
"There are many great photographers on Flickr. Some capture magnificent landscapes, some show amazing fashion, others their diverse culture in vibrant color. Then there is Sharaff. Every image on his stream is exquisite. Not just for the quality of the shot, but also for the story and emotion behind it. I have not seen anyone who can capture "the moment" like he can. You can see it in the facial expressions. You can see it in the action taking place in the shot. You can also immerse yourself in that moment by reading the stories and quotes. You come into Sharaff's stream seeing the beauty of life. You leave with the beauty of wisdom. Thank you for entertaining and enlightening me Sharaff!
12th March, 2008
"Sharaf Photostream is a real feast for the eyes.
His Children pictures are just great and his macros are very delicately composed. It just looks like he has that "plus" to add some small elements that makes a big difference in the final pictures"
12th March, 2008
Rafael Bucio says:
"Sharaff, expresa su arte en cada captura que el hace, es un magnifico fotógrafo, es un buen artista, sus fotos son una maravilla, muy bueno, siempre estoy al pendiente de todas sus fotos en verdad que vale la pena ver cada una de ellas."
8th February, 2008
"Your photos are wonderful and full of life. I hope to see more of your work!
5th February, 2008
imago2007 (BUSY) says:
"I don’t remember how or when I stumbled upon sharaff’s photostream. Could have been in Explore. Could have been through one of my Flickr friends. Could have been in one of the groups I have joined. However or whenever that might have been, I am so glad I did. sharaff’s images are so inspirational, and coupled with his words of wisdom and the music and the videos to which he links most of his images, browsing his photostream has always been an enriching experience for me.
sharaff wrote in his profile: ‘Like Ansel Adams said, “A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.” I try to do that in each capture.’ I can see, and I can sense, that sharaff’s images, as diverse as they are, express what he might have been feeling when he captured them. Oh, and before I forget . . . to top it all, sharaff has a great sense of humor!
sharaff, my friend, it is such a privilege to know you, even if only in this virtual world. Thank you for sharing your gift. And thank you for the words of encouragement which you leave whenever you visit my stream . . . and for the music, of course.
15th January, 2008
Patrícia Raimond says:
"I Only know s.h.ar.a.f for a short time, but I'm amazed with his work, most of all his sensibility! He has a great capability to see trough the photos! I love what he express and the kind words he always left in others people work.
Thanks my friend for your kind words and music.
I wish you a great New Year, and that you continue to share your beautiful work."
28th December, 2007
- December 2007