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Anahita Ghazanfari
People of Seremban

August 2017


People of Seremban
Mixed Media, 2015

Art is a personal thing, it’s about how the current object of fascination connects with the viewer in an intellectual and emotional level. For example, a picture. It’s a moment frozen in time. An image that’s going to tell a different story to every viewer. And when you are an artiste holding a paintbrush, it’s up to you to create a story that does the object of your artistry justice. While walking the streets of Seremban (Small city in Malaysia) and getting attuned to the place, I realised something we fail to notice and acknowledge in our everyday lives. The people. We never stop and take a moment to appreciate the beauty of the human world, the art in simplicity of doing everyday tasks like serving food. I believe there is a real beauty in every human soul and that a true portrait brings this out. A very real part of the person being revealed. Despite my medium whether is acrylic or camera, there is stillness that I try to connect. It is about them, their story. My job is just to bring it out. There were stories behind their eyes. As they looked curiously at the stranger with camera walking about, I also wanted to know their stories. I had to tell their stories. Their commitment to providing for their families is just amazing. Some did not particularly love what they were doing, but it was all they could do to earn a living, and they did it with grace and dignity. And had spent a lifetime doing so. I chose to do portraits because they reveal the rawest, most basic version of a person. The direct frontal stare common in portraits make them most engaging with viewers, and shows more than just the visual image being presented, but a piece of the subject’s soul. I wanted to pay tribute to their dedication. To celebrate their sacrifice in doing what perhaps is not their preferred career, but still doing it with honour. I wanted to celebrate human strength, resilience, and passion. Humanity has lost their zeal to celebrate the little things. We get so caught up in the rat race that we fail to take a moment and appreciate the journey. Through the people of Seremban, I wanted to make an ode to everyone out there doing honest work of making a living. These are the portraits of Seremban. But they are your story too. We salute your hard work through our portraits.



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