Living thru the lens

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Born and raised in Muharraq, Bahrain, Rasha Yousif is passionate about documentary and travel photography. The founder of @FotoBH, a photography platform that supports emerging photographers in Bahrain, Rasha talks to Gulf Life about life, photography and beyond. Excerpts.

How did FotoBH originate?

I wanted to create an open platform for all photography enthusiasts to share a daily life diary in Bahrain. We organise photo walks in Bahrain, do meet-ups and discussions on the art of photography to share knowledge and help amateur photographers develop their skills. We curated Instagram page
(@Rshrsho and @FotoBH) to share the beauty of life in Bahrain candidly.

Who contributes to FotoBH?

Currently we are a five person team. I’m the founder and other contributors are Ahmed AlKuwaiti, Jehan AlKhateeb, Yousif AlShafei and Ishaq Madan.

What do you like about Bahrain?

I like how kind and friendly Bahrainis are. I also like how everyone seems to know everyone. The people on the island are like one big family.

Is there any magazine you have not worked with that you would like to?

National Geographic.

What kind of gear do you use?

Fujifilm cameras..

Which is your favourite lens? Why?

Fuji 23mm, equivalent to 35mm lens. It is a lens for all types of photography. It is fast, sharp and great for night photography too.

Whilst travelling, what do you take with you? Why?

My camera and favourite lenses. iPhone and laptop to backup photos. And a book to read during my trip.

How do you educate yourself to take better pictures?

By reading photography books and studying the work of photographers I admire.

Among your works, which one is your favourite? Why?

I love my Sleeper Class series, taken at the Indian Railway. I love how I managed to capture different scenes at the railway station and passengers emotions.

Whose work has influenced you the most?

Steve McCurry.

What is the one thing you wish you knew when you started taking photos?

It’s okay to make mistakes and be different.

What do you think about when you’re alone in your car?

Where to travel next!

If you could be any animal in the world, what animal would you be?

A bird.

The last gift you gave someone?

A box of different incense sticks.

What’s the last thing you watched on TV and why did you choose to watch it?

I re-watched Eat Pray and Love before going on a trip to India. I wanted to re-live those wanderlust moments with Julia Roberts.

Words: Abhishek Chakraborty

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