Minhajul Haque is a visual artist, specialized in natural light and fine art landscape photography. He is also the author and the creator of this website. Minhajul studied science, then graduated in Computer Application in 2011. Later he found himself interested in fine art landscape photography and nature itself that he longed since his early days. Then he began to teach himself all the art and crafts of fine art landscape photography by studying the masters’ works and by trial-and-error to acquire the necessary skills. By now, he has developed a style of his own that intrigues others by showing ethereal and surreal appearances of this world. Besides creating beautiful images, he teaches his creative techniques in workshops and training and enjoys writing, to share his experiences that he has gained along the way.
The journey of my life should have started with a self-exploration as well as an acknowledgment of my strengths and my limitations. As a child raised in rural India, nature has always been a great interest. But I hardly gave any value to it; all my life I was trying to be to what most Indian parents encourage their children to be. Perhaps, it is a commonly known profession like doctor, engineer or lawyer and even better if it is a government job. Living a life that we want to live may get very complicated if it has to seek external validation. Therefore, I was about to follow the crowd unless I had a nervous breakdown that brought me home, to my village; and I badly needed some time to reconcile my relationships with everything else. But I strongly believed that what happened, it happened for a purpose which had been asking for my attention for a long time than a doctor’s prescription.
Unless we occupy our mind with complaints, no matter what we go through in our life the very time makes us capable of something that simply cannot be done at other times. I still wonder how I got all the courage to move beyond who I was at the time I was going through such a crisis which became a question of my survival. I felt the very essence of starting my life in a very different way, the way I’m intended for, the way I can enjoy my life and give away a part of it. Time went by and I could hardly make a choice.
Eventually, all the emotional and economical threats for being confused, hopeless and purposeless suggested me to live each day as a completely separate life. I made it a rule. As each day became the last day of my life I decided to enjoy it instead of ruining it. I learned how to make the most out of my day using things that were available to me than things that were at a distance. I started doing only what made me feel good, that inspired me from inside and resonated my heart and mind. This idea of living worked very well for me, perhaps, I understood it well. Every morning I woke up I felt, “I am blessed with a beautiful day and what else do I need? Rather, I should take an inventory for the air I’m offered to breathe for which many are willing to pay all their wealth. It’s not how long but how we live that matters. It’s not how secure but how adventurous life could be.” So, I started enjoying the rural landscape again.
Naturally, everything began to change as I began to experience my life as absolutely fundamental with a great clarity. I came to realize about my responses to the complex social practices and to the elementary things that surround me. Maybe it was an awareness of human comprehension that came from my consciousness. Although I was late to understand the necessity of uniqueness and individuality, I busied myself with cultivating my neglected characters that manifested themselves as awkwardness at my early age. I really wanted them back. I wanted me to its purest form possible that was almost destroyed in the environment of superstition and ignorance.
Although my decisions went against my family, it was July 2013 I decided to start my life over. No matter what we chose to do even which doesn’t violet others’ rights, we are going to be criticized. Maybe the civilization works this way; which seems to be incapable of fulfilling the unique potentials of its members or we are not yet civilized at all. Aristotle said: “The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal.”
However, in the interest of all concerned, I went ahead, quit college, hooked on nature photography, and gave up a career as a software developer. Dropping out of college expanded my learning experience that also saved me from the linear expectations of our traditional education system. It allowed me to invest my time on the things that seemed far more interesting. Then I managed to buy a used camera and started photographing my neighboring places along the riverside. Seeing nature with a camera eventually became a whole lot different experience and I fell in love with it very quickly as it showed me the quiet, secret, and strange appearances of the world that tell us about love and serenity. I picked it, to avoid my poor translation, and became restless in order to make it a medium of my expression.
WHERE TRADITION IS ENCOURAGED CREATIVITY IS DISCOURAGED
It was a technological innovation of Niépce, Talbot, Bayard, and Daguerre that gave birth to photography. But progressive enhancement and operational simplicity of camera technology have made photography one of the most important cultural forms of the modern world. In actual fact, it is something that brings home the surrounding world where the photographer is not as significant as what he presents. Back in history, it was just a commercial interest to make this technology available to all the people with less complexity, so that people can capture the stories of their own lives with minimum effort and cost. The very idea brought “Kodak Brownie” in the 19th century. But it was not a tool for visual artists. Photography became a controversial medium of fine art. Artists struggled to understand whether they should consider it as a science or as an art. Unlike painting, photography is analytical which also significantly restricted the freedom of the artists. They demanded more control over this medium to reach their mind’s vision which has brought us the modern Digital SLR.
PHOTOGRAPHY IS A SCIENCE OF LIGHT AND AN ART OF ENVISIONING
“Art makes the personal, universal.” Whether it is a music, a poetry or a painting, it has one common goal to externalize the internal feelings. A sense of art is as important as science, philosophy or religion. Science is the human intellect that dissects or demystifies the myths, religion gives us spiritual enlightenment, technology helps us to live ahead of time and art brings harmony and beauty in them. Beauty always signifies peace and is often considered to be one of the greatest sources of happiness that we now hardly realize for being surrounded by ugly sights of industries, gigantic machines, and randomly thrown away garbage. Like moral or ethical sense, the aesthetic sense is vanished and only restricted to creative professionals. Sick and perverted minds always see a solution in revenge and violence.
LOVE IS WHAT PROTECTS AND HATE IS WHAT DESTROYS
Photography has always been what photographers wanted it to be, since, it was invented. For me, it’s getting to know about nature which always surprises us, with its beauty and spirit. My goal is, to establish a rich and a sustainable relationship with it, in a sense of wonder. Since the camera can take us beyond the biological restrictions of our vision which reveal the strangeness of this world. I’m haunted by its breathtaking wonders that fill my heart and tell me more about my liabilities. I would be delighted to see you enjoying the evanescent moments that I tried to capture.
FURNISH YOURSELF WITH THE GREAT FEELINGS OF NATURE