Islamic photography is concerned with visualizing Islamic history and life through photos. As the Islamic civilization has extended over the last 1000 years to cover large areas in Asia, Africa, and Europe, Islamic art and architecture have developed a lot and merged with the local arts in each of these areas.
Islamic photography focuses on architecture, since it was one of the arts that developed enormously during the Islamic civilization. Also, the life of Muslim people and their ceremonies can be a good subject for Islamic photography.
The lighting, shadows, and composition play an essential role in this type of photography to show the spiritual and conceptual feeling behind it, similar to the photographs below by our featured artist today, Peter Gould. Yes, I say artist and not only designer or photographer, because Peter has a great talent and passion as a designer, photographer, and digital artist as well.
Peter Gould is an Australian artist who embraced the Islam during his design studies at the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia. I believe this has been the influencing trend in his life, because most of Peter’s designs and photography have been inspired by Islamic art, including his Islamic architecture photo below.
During his visits to many old Islamic cities, such as Fes, Damascus, Istanbul, and Mecca, he started to capture shots of Islamic architecture and the everyday life of these cities. Through the lens of his camera and his artistic eye and talent in photography, Peter shows us the Islamic world from a totally different point of view. So, I will let you enjoy some of his Islamic photography artwork.