How It All Began: A Book Mockup

Every fruit begins with a seed. For the book Paradise, the seed was sown in March 2012, when I had the chance to attend book-making workshop by Alex & Rebecca Webb and David Chickey. We were taken through a rather intensive 2.5 days, in which we learnt how the Webbs edited their images for their books,…

Paradise goes to press!

After many months of work – selecting, sequencing, editing, deliberating over paper  to use – we’re finally here, at the press, smelling the ink against paper, hearing the roar of the rollers and feeling the buzz of the press, as Paradise becomes reality.

The Humble Auto-rickshaw Driver

I met Sher Zaman in the sweltering plains of Punjab in May 2009. It was my first brush with the Swatis, who first told me: ” Janad ubeyo” (Our Paradise is lost). It was this meeting that set a burning question into my head: “What does Paradise look like?” His big-heartedness opened up a whole…

The Journey Begins

  The book begins with this image – suggesting one of journey. This image shows a family returning from their exile, one year after the terrible flood hit Swat in 2010. For me this picture endures beyond the obvious. The static nature of the atill image is broken by the diagonal upwards movement, suggesting an…