Interview: Nourhanne Ibrahim, photographer
Nourhanne is an Egyptian photographer, born in Saudi Arabia in 1995 and based in Cairo. She studied photography and filmmaking. Her passion is showing the beauty of the world in the small details surrounding us. She specializes in macro and nature photography. She has been a part of many local exhibits and have a published photobook called A Beautiful Distortion. She aspires to offer something different from the mainstream that does not represent her.
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- Hi Nourhan, how long have you been working as a photographer now?
I’ve been working for 5 years now. The first 3 years i worked as a freelancer and i got the chance to try many kinds of photography from documentary to products. I work as a full-time content creator /photographer for 2 years now.
- What inspired you to become a photographer? What were your first steps?
My father is a news DOP and he traveled the world during his work also my mother was a TV producer and worked with lots of public figures and celebrities so i grew up in an artistic intellectual environment and it inspired me to find my passion. My first step was when i was 14 years old i just got a mobile with a camera and i started capturing whatever caught my eyes and as you may know Cairo is a big diverse city with lots of details so it taught me a lot.
- Are you a professional or an amateur photographer?
I consider myself a pro when i do macro or nature photography other than that I’m an amateur.
- What is your favorite subject to photograph?
Details, skies and nature generally.
- What kit do you shoot with?
I have Nikon D3200 and i use macro ring with 18-55mm lens and i also use 70-300mm lens for landscape and nature shoots. I hope i can afford to update my kit oneday.
- How would you define your photographic style?
My style is minimal and unique.
- Which editing software do you usually use?
I use Photoshop and Lightroom.
- John Wanamaker said: Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is, I do not know which half. Do you gain your clients by advertising or in another way?
I actually don’t make money from my photography (macro and nature) as it is seen as an artistic choice and a hobby and not a type of photography in Egypt. So i have to do other kinds to gain money as products and food photography.
- How does your typical working day look like? What do you do when you are not working? How many hours/days per week are you working? What do you do in your free time?
I woke up early, the road take about two hours and i work from 10am till 5pm. When I’m not working i try to travel or attend a workshop. Iwork 3 days from the office and 2 days from home. I see a movie or go out with my friends and sometime i just stay home and do some macro shoots.
- What would you do differently if you would start again?
I would focus more on myself and my work and avoid distractions.
- A professional photographer is also an entrepreneur. Entrepreneurs have many things in common. They read a lot. What about you? What are your favorite books?
The first books that came to my mind are:
- I live by Laila Baalbaki
- Show me Allah by Tawfiq El Hakim
- The thief and the dogs by Naguib Mahfouz
And i also really enjoy poetry and my favorite poets are:
- Amal Donqol
- Foad Hadad
- Sarkon Poules
- What was the best advice you have ever received as a photographer? Do you have any advice for other photographers?
To own my identity as a woman and a photographer and to not be affected by the mainstream. I’d tell them the same advice to own their style and uniqueness and more importantly to not be affected by the peer pressure and surround themselves with a trusted support system.
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- Your last vacation?
Dahab, Sinai. 8 months ago.