He started off dream­ing of garbage trucks – now this 27-year-old self-taught Dubai pho­tog­ra­pher and video artist has 18,000 In­sta­gram fol­low­ers and count­ing

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Aqib An­war’s life is pic­ture per­fect, what with the love of his life, pho­tog­ra­phy be­ing his ca­reer, too.


Mu­sic is ev­ery­thing tome; it is the sin­gle big­gest source of in­spi­ra­tion for my work, whether pho­to­graphs or video. I like to lis­ten to moody elec­tronic mu­sic and gang­ster[ rap] mu­sic; they’ re con­tra­dic­tory gen­res. It’s hard to pick one song but if I had to, it would be Noise Above Our Heads by James Blake. Or just about any­thing by James Blake, re­ally.


My week­ends, just like my week days, are un­pre­dictable–there is no blue print to my life now asa free­lance pho­tog­ra­pher. I’ m not bound by tim­ings so I strive to ac­com­plish the most I can out of each day.


At the age off our, my aim in life was to be a garbage truck driver; I was fas­ci­nated by the shape of the truck, the noise sit made, the flash­ing lights and that the driver un­loaded the cans from his seat. My mum made me a garbage truck cake­formy sixth birth­day. It was amaz­ing!


In 2015, after mov­ing back to Dubai, I at­tended an Ins tag ram meet that was my defin­ing mo­ment. I knew it meant some­thing when I pre­ferred wak­ing up early togo on photo walks in­stead of late nights out with friends. Later, when people started of­fer­ing me money to have their pic­tures taken I real is ed that I could make a liv­ing out of what I love do­ing.


UFC cham­pion boxer Con or McGregor’ s suc­cess helped me quit my job and gave me the courage to take up free­lance pho­tog­ra­phy. Co norw asap lum­ber liv­ing on wel­fare when he de­cided that he would pur­sue what he was best at. A quote that in­spired me is :‘ Some people will cri­tique it[ his br ash self-be­lief ]. Others will be in­spired from it ... the ones who take in­spi­ra­tion from it will come up and one day taste suc­cess like this, the others will re­main where they are ’. His story mo­ti­vates me to not be com­pla­cent with par­tial suc­cess, but togo out there and be among thebes tin the world.

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