July 12, 2009

I’m a self-taught photographer living in Dhaka, Bangladesh. I love shooting people and I shoot what I like. I prefer natural light source and natural elements in my subjects. My favorite color is black. Old vintage black & white photography attracts me a lot. Monet’s ‘Impression Sunrise’ and Michelangelo’s ‘Pietà’ are two works of art that I find very captivating.

Bangladesh is a heaven for photography. You will find a diversity of subjects packed in a small area. It’s easy to run out of memory cards than subjects. Best part of Bangladesh is, no one minds getting their picture taken. People are friendly in front of the camera no matter who they are and what situation they are in. But discovering Bangladesh is a challenge rather than a pleasure trip.

– SHABBIR FERDOUS, 2009

[images: all photographs are copyright of SHABBIR FERDOUS]

NIRVANA – this is one of the rarest sights of my life. Lord Buddha was passing through the tiny channels between islands in Rangamati Lake. His procession was musical with sounds of boats splashing water. Passing wind bringing the hint of rain and in the distance the black pile of falling clouds carried the imminent sign of it. There was a glow in the sky; there was a glow on the river. I was watching it from the edge of a small hill. The golden statue of Lord Buddha sitting in front of the procession led the way. Devotees were excitedly following the Buddha’s boat as he will be placed in a newly built temple.

Lens: EF-S17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Camera: Canon EOS 40D
Location: Rangamati, Chittagong, Bangladesh

Kalir Char was named after the hindu goddess KALI, she is a popular goddess for those who are more into the darker side. This area was famous for the pirates and they used to sacrifice humans to Ma Kali. This range gave me the creeps. It had a horror look to it and it was surrounded by a jungle which was an ideal place for the tigers to hide. The forest guards lock their guard house after sunset on a regular basis. There is a pond at the back of their house for drinking water and washing clothes. That pond also attract tigers to come and drink sweet water from it.  We had arrived late, almost at sundown. We had to refill our water supply and use their toilets before hurriedly getting back to the boat. Later that night, we had some excitements and panic related to tiger watching.

Lens: EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Camera: Canon EOS 5D
Location: Kalir Char Range, Sundarbans, Bangladesh

Found this tiger foot print in the jungle; the guide told me it is very fresh. Tigers are mysterious, especially in the Sundarbans. Every tiger is a possible man eater. Nowhere else in this planet do the tigers behave like this. The mud you see in this picture is very sticky. The more you stand on it, the more you will sink. It’s extremely difficult to walk on it. Only way you can walk is to walk or run as fast as you can. Judging the pugmark on the mud, you can guess how fast the tiger walked, distributing its weight evenly.

Lens: EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM +2.0x
Camera: Canon EOS 5D
Location: South Talpatti Island, Sundarbans, Bangladesh

This is one of the favorite places I would love to visit more often, a terracotta Hindu temple from the northern part of Bangladesh. This lady was with her family; all were with her the 1st couple of mins. The people who built this temple were Muslims. In appreciation, the Hindu king made them a mosque with similar design which still stands near the temple. However, I have never been to that mosque. The surface of the temple is exquisitely embellished with terracotta plaques which depict flora and fauna, geometric motifs, mythological scenes from the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, contemporary social scenes and favorite pastimes. The idol of Kantaji is kept in the temple’s ground floor. It takes 7 hours bus journey to reach there from the capital city of Dhaka. However, there are a few village roads nearby for a nice hike through Bangladeshi rural life which makes this journey even more interesting.

Lens: EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Location: Kantanagar Temple, Dinajpur, Bangladesh

Dreams can be contagious! Inspired by MINT ICETEA’s Dreams Set.

Lens: EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
Camera: Canon EOS 5D
Location: St.Martin Island, Cox’s Bazar-Teknaf peninsula, Bangladesh

These were Chakma kids who actually took me to this place by the lake. Without them I wouldn’t have had any clue about that amazing place.

Lens: EF-S17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Camera: Canon EOS 40D
Location: Rangamati, Chittagong, Bangladesh

This picture made me laugh and think at the same time. French photographer Erwan and I  had stopped at a tea garden for the usual lookouts (for subjects ofcourse!) and this old man came out from the house and stood like that. In a flash I took this shot while Erwan took mine. Though Frenchman apologized for being behind the subject, I think his presence made a big difference in this composition.

Lens: EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Location: Srimongal, Moulovibazar, Sylhet, Bangladesh

During the fading sunlight, I asked him if I could take a picture of him. He nodded, and I took this shot. This old man sells papar with his family (you can see his daughter making papar in the background) in front of the Dinajpur Raj-Bari Mandir (King’s Temple) to the local visitors. He doesn’t make much money, hardly $10 or $20 per day, and I doubt he has any formal education either. But the real life discussion he had with me gave a glimpse of the wisdom he had acquired in his life, which is no less valuable.  I was discussing with him the Hindu Muslim relations in the area. His answer was “Hindu Muslim bhai bhai”, which means Hindu & Muslims are brothers. This is a common slogan in Bangladesh regarding Hindu Muslim relations; so far we don’t have any extreme religious clash unlike some parts of the world. I, myself, grew up in a Hindu surrounding and it deeply impacted my views towards religion. None of the majority religions of the world instruct anyone to suffer in life and make others suffer. They guide human beings on how to live a life according to the wishes of its creator and find peace both here & in after-life.

Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel XTi
Location: Rajbari, Dinajpur, Bangladesh

Portrait: When Love Dies…….darkness prevails! A tree stump turned rock solid & white. It’s not fun watching dead trees, especially when global warming is breathing on our neck. Ninety percent of Bangladeshi forests have been lost and the rest of the survivors won’t see sunshine for long. Absence of greenery can change the surroundings dramatically and I tried stitching all sorts of chaos in this photograph. We love the forest, when the forest is gone, we will have to march along with it to the darkness too…..

Lens: EF-S17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Camera: Canon EOS 40D
Location: Rangamati, Chittagong, Bangladesh

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Part 2 of travelBangladesh with SHABBIR FERDOUS will be posted in the coming weeks, so stay TUNED for more gorgeous photographs of Bangladesh!

[images: all photographs are copyright of SHABBIR FERDOUS]

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  1. Sakeeb Says:

    Sabbir vaiia amazing work … love it …


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