Interview by Olivia Goss/
Photos by Ali Sardar
Ali Sardar, 26, from Atlanta, is our March Photographer of the Month winner. He competed against three others, and his photo submission received the most votes. Ali previously won the Photographer of the Week during the second week of March. We love the way he captures the romance of the world around him.
Sardar is also the original curator of Bokeh Focus and is now a professional photographer. We interviewed Sardar to get to know him better and to share his advice for new photographers.
The photos in this story are Sardar’s original images (© Ali Sardar).
What is the story behind the photos you’ve submitted?
Sardar: The portrait shots were for a friend and these images are some of my favorite fine art portraits I’ve done by far. We met at the Ritz Carlton Hotel which as you see is not just any hotel. The interior is extravagant and royal. The environment and furniture make you feel like a Queen or a King, giving you this immense feeling of control, luxe, and status. I think I was able to capture that essence in her portraits, immortalizing my friend as one of the Queens of the South.
Do you have a specific theme or topic that is the focus of your photography?
Sardar: Fine Art Photography. Fine Art is a style that is unique to each artist. My fine art is themed around the places I have traveled (nature), the opportunities I’ve experienced (people), and the abstract concepts of life (mixed media). However, it always starts with a photograph.
What have you gained/experienced while working with this topic?
Sardar: I have been able to travel, meet people, and experience life via photography and art. I have worked for a corporate entity doing product photography and incorporate them in marketing campaigns to create an NFT from a photo that I took while traveling on a train in Pakistan. My experiences have allowed me to grow more mature, empathize with others, and understand the world around me.
Tell us something about yourself that most people wouldn’t notice about you.
Sardar: I enjoy being introspective and using some level of psychology in my fine art. I like to get lost in my thoughts about concepts that I use to create ART around. Gotta have a Black Book.
What’s a piece of advice you would offer to other photographers to encourage their creativity?
Sardar: Practice taking pictures. And then take some more pictures until you find the style that fits you. Write down your thoughts. All photos come from our minds. Think before you act quickly. Have a notepad or device in which you are writing or doodling out your thoughts. Also, moments do not wait for photographers. Always be ready! You have to capture the moment. Buy and support other artists, you never know who will give you inspiration.
We at Bokeh Focus are inspired by Sardar’s artistic perspective on photography and professional approach to his career. We’re pleased to be able to feature his work, which envelops you in its romantic atmosphere. Ali, congratulations on your winning votes. We hope to see your work in future shows!