TITLE: "Inner Soul"
MIND AND SOUL ARE TWO CONCEPTS THAT ARE CLOSELY RELATED YET VERY DISTINCT FROM ONE ANOTHER. THEY BOTH COME FROM THE INNER PART OF A HUMAN BEING, PARTICULARLY HIS BRAIN AND MAYBE HIS HEART.
THE SOUL IS THE SPIRITUAL NATURE OF HUMANKIND AND IS THOUGHT TO BE SEPARABLE FROM THE BODY AT DEATH. IN LIFE, IT IS CREDITED WITH MAN'S THOUGHT, ACTION, AND EMOTION.
THE MIND IS MAN’S CONSCIOUSNESS THAT STARTS IN THE BRAIN AND IS MANIFESTED THROUGH MAN’S THOUGHTS, ACTIONS, EMOTION, WILL, MEMORY, AND IMAGINATION.
THE HUMAN BEING ARE BORN FREE AS LONG AS IT CAN FOOL ITS MIND IN A WAY THAT IT IS FREE. SO MANY TIMES, I TRIED TO MAKE MYSELF BELIEVE THAT I AM FREE, BUT SO MANY QUESTIONS HAUNTED ME; CAN I DO THINGS THAT I WANT TO? THE ANSWERS WERE “ NO”. HOW CAN I SAY THAT I AM FREE WHEN THE REALITY IS I AM NOT?
OUR SOUL IS PRISONER IN THE BOUNDARIES OF THE BODY. BUT WITH THE IMAGINATION POWER OF THE MIND THE SOUL CAN BREAK FREE. THE SOUL CAN THEN BREAK THE SHACKLES OF CHAINS, IT CAN GO THROUGH THE CEMENT WALL, CROSS THE OCEAN, AND REACH ANYWHERE IT WANTS. SOMETIMES MY MIND CANNOT SUPPORT MY SOUL DUE TO SOCIAL BARRIER OR SURROUNDINGS. THE ENVIRONMENT THAT I BELONG TO DOES NOT SUPPORT WHAT MY SOUL DESIRES. THEY HAVE CONFLICTS. YES, SOMETIMES WE FOOL OUR SOUL AND TRY TO BE HAPPY, BUT EVENTUALLY, THE INNER SOUL OUT BURTS AND SCREAMS WITH EXPRESSION OF PAIN AND ANGER. EVEN THESE SCREAMS CANNOT REACH TO ANYONE ELSE. CAUSE THE ONLY SOUND THAT A SOUL CAN MAKE IS IN THE FORM OF SILENCE!!
I TRIED TO PORTRAY THE CONFLICTS AND PAIN OF MY SOUL AND MIND THROUGH SERIES OF THE PHOTOGRAPHS CALLED "INNER SOUL".
AUTHOR: Farida Alam (Bangladesh)
Farida Alam's inspiration for photography comes from people and her surroundings. She loves to experience other cultures, meet different people from diverse communities.
She believes in immersion photography and spends months listening, observing and talking with her subjects over the course of a project. Photography has become part of her identity - a force that makes her think, feel and understand human beings and the human condition. Her work on third gender people, “Reflection of dispersed soul”, hidden for years has brought her various international award and recognitions.
Apart from that her other individual works has got her recognitions of various national and international arenas. Recently, Social Documentary Network (SDN) has featured her work Survived Against all the Odds.
Currently, she is working with different social groups that are deprived of basic human needs. However, at the same time she is exploring their traditional lifestyle and learning from it.
Farida has completed basic and foundation courses from “Pathshala South Asian Media Institute “. Later on, she also participated in a documentary photography course of Counter Photo, another renowned photography institute of Bangladesh.
Currently, she is pursuing Diploma in photography from Alliance Francaise de Dhaka. Also, she is a lifetime member of “Bangladesh Photographic Society (BPS)”.
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