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Dark Passion by Madiha Abdo

Dark Passion by Madiha Abdo

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Photographer: Madiha Abdo
Designer and Styling: Madiha Abdo
Makeup Artist: Emma Rose
Models: Eliana Grodin, Sarah Jessen and Rebecca Mellor
Location: London

Short biography (optional) When creating photographic images featuring female subjects I endeavor to create artworks, often with mystery touch, likely to attract the viewers’ attentions and curiosities, regardless of their gender. I particularly enjoy visualizing the viewer’s looking at my works with some perplexities and perhaps making unspoken questions about my eventual intended messages. I leave viewers to indulge in their fervid speculations.

Black and white photography is my favorite field, for I believe it allows me to capture the target in the almost magic way and produce images that are strong, pure and without any unnecessary distractions. I want people to experience what I feel during my process of image creation and to have fun while viewing them.

When working on my black and white images I give particular attention to the sources of light, and contrast, so to be able to create very interesting images that could pull the eyes of the viewers. My works are mostly intended to realize some artistically bold and creative images with distinct characteristics.

When viewing many of my works one might note how the so-called theory of contraries, such as, for instance, light and dark, revealed and hidden, and so on, would seem to characterize them. This might seem to have made possible the creation of some stark images that seem, at the same time, having profound mystery and subtlety, only felt by those equipped with high perceptive abilities.

My images are, as mentioned earlier, generally characterized by the juxtapositioning of darkness and light that gives shape to the world that is subtly mysterious, yet with a powerful physical presence. When showing a human face, I always try balancing the light, exposure, and composition to create a distinctive body of work. Furthermore, I always try guiding the viewer’s attention so to focus on the small details that animate each image. A scene that is cloaked in darkness might be brought to life by a sharply rendered figure stepping into a shaft of light, or a human subject will be given context by the detailed depiction of surrounding objects or backgrounds.

When creating photographic images featuring female subjects I always endeavor to create artworks, often with mystery touch, likely to attract the viewers’ attentions and curiosities. I particularly enjoy visualizing viewers looking at my works with some perplexities and perhaps formulating unspoken questions about my eventual intended messages. I like leaving the viewer to indulge in their fervid speculations.

When one looks at these images of mine one might rightly observe how the area brought into focus is always less than what is un-revealed. The reason for doing so is to maximize the interests and attention of the audience and make it wonderful as to what the artist might have intended with these revealing/hiding patterns. One might also rightly note how only a minimum area of the subjects’ is revealed, thus leaving the greater part of the subjects shrouded in darkness, contrasted by the brightness of the worn jewelry, which might be seen as contributing to the mysterious revealing/hiding patterns.

In accomplishing this piece I have been greatly inspired by the beauty of the Jewish jewelry traditions, which, as I understand, represent, not only ornamental and social status but also reflects spiritual and faith elements of Jewish tradition. For the Jews, such jewelry carries great significances, as well as, the hope of bringing health, happiness, and spiritual wholeness. I also understand that this Jewish jewellery may mostly come in some geometric forms that loaded with spiritual significances, combine culture and fashion.  After having being inspired by these Jewish jewelry traditions, I have then decided to come up with my own unique jewelry style, characterized, as indicated above, by light jewelry, the brightness of which contrasts with the overwhelming darkness of the target. These jewelry are also used so as to make un-revealed some areas of the target body and their dresses. My idea was to give each piece a unique style that is likely to make the viewer unsure as to how to decipher the mysterious codes embedded in the images.

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