When it comes to Dhaka, most of the time we get to hear how overpopulated the city is, or how bad the living conditions are there. Before photographing streets I used to think like that too. But once I started exploring the streets in Dhaka, especially in the old town, I found that this city is full of hidden gems. The 412 years old capital city of Bangladesh is filled with history, traditions, architecture from Mughal and British era, and people with authentic, unique lifestyles.
If you are a street photographer and want some amazing shots with interesting locations and people then Old Dhaka is a must-visit. It’s full of narrow lanes, alleyways and each street has its own vibe and character. Though at first, it seemed chaotic and crowded, but eventually I fell in love with the chaos. There is a certain beauty in the middle of that bustling crowds, old buildings, and streets. It’s very raw, vibrant, and part of the daily life. That’s what I wanted to capture in this series, to show how different and unique life can be in a part of the world.
About Ashraful Arefin
Ashraful Arefin is a Fine Art Photographer based in Dhaka, Bangladesh, born in May 3rd of 1987. Ashraful was always very interested in drawing and painting, and wanted to be an artist from the childhood. He started studying Fine Arts and have chosen Graphic Design as the major in the university. Ashraful was photographically born in 2013 when he started doing a 365 project, and completely fell in love with photography and found his true passion for it. Ashraful has been very much inspired by the simple little things and tries to portray his appreciations for the beauty of simple things through his works. In short, He works to capture beauty and emotion within his photographic frame by using colours and simple techniques.
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