Awais Samdani

Awais Samdani

Awais Samdani is a literary enthusiast.He is a fervid philocalist. His vision is to break conventions , which accost him daily about the certainty of his faith.
Awais Samdani

When Islamabad-based photographer Jiah Ali took and Instagrammed the photo of a tea seller, she had no idea what is going to happened next.

It raised a storm on social media and suddenly it became a hot topic turned into Facebook and Twitter trends.


At this moment we decided to interview the ISB based photographer and ask some questions regarding this photo. We are 100% sure you will like them.

1. How do you get the person, place or thing that is in front of the camera onto the film, chip or paper in just the way you want?

You have to keep one variable constant and that is to show simplicity, I focus on showing simplicity and raw elements in their nature. That’s my one way of getting pictures to turn out how I want them.


2. Which photographers influenced you, and how did they influence your thinking, photographing, and career path?

Steve McCurry, he communicates with his subject and that’s what really moves his images. Career path was influenced more from my love of Photography in general.

3. What motivates you to continue taking pictures economically, politically, intellectually or emotionally? 

It has to be a mix of intellectual and emotional factor. You have to capture feelings and moments and without having an emotional bond to the craft, one cannot bring that moment/feeling to a picture. Intellectual as this helps me grow every day in terms of learning something new.

4. Your mostly photographs are from Dhabas and Chai khanas, tell us more about it ?

These places often showcase hardworking people who are busy with their tasks and don’t have to put up any front or pose for the world. They have simplicity in them, and it shows mostly in the candid pictures I take and that’s what people like I suppose.

5. How do you get paid to do what you want to do with your photography?

I take on consignments where I photograph someone’s special day and they trust my decision knowing my capabilities.

6. Tell us about the recent viral photograph you recently did?

How you captured and what was the motive behind it?
I had no idea it would go viral firstly. My picture was like one of many where I capture a shot where I see simplicity and raw emotion and decided to share it with the world. I was walking along and saw this gentleman focused on his task and I could see simplicity and I just captured that moment. He was very shy once he found out I was taking his picture might I add.

7. What can we learn from this viral photograph of yours ? And the whole phenomena of people liking him suddenly.

You never know how a simple share on Instagram can turn out viral, one moment you’re sitting watching tv and next minute you have people asking you for interviews. Nobody knows the secret behind it. I have been doing what I do for a very long time and it took a picture of one simple Chai Wala and someone to share it to their twitter to go global, shows how crazy the world of internet is.