I still remember the first time I held a camera. It was a red old film camera back in 1997 that my father gave me. I didn’t use it a lot back then, but I recall taking pictures in a family wedding. It was no surprise that the photos the seven-year old me took weren’t that great. But I guess it was clear that I caught something from it, a bug I might say, and that’s the seed that grew my passion for Art, holistically, and visual arts specifically.
From that moment, I went on to study Architecture in Cairo University, self-taught and practiced photography, partnered with Peter Loza in 2009 “MP Studios” to shoot and document hundreds of couples’ journeys, designed buildings’ interiors and exteriors, boosted the marketing of upstart projects in fashion, movie-making and product design, and worked with bigger names in the Sports, Architecture and Development industries.
I learned from each experience and was inspired by it all. I was blessed –and somewhat lucky- to meet the people I met, and it became all about them. My work evolves and revolves around people, in all of their habitats, whether on the street or within nature, locally or around the world. I love to travel, I pick the next destination to put myself in new places, in a different setting with different people, to get inspired and create. All of it is a lifelong process of creative exchange, and that is what I live for.
“You are the sum total of everything you’ve ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot – it’s all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive.” Maya Angelou