Photographer Captures Quiet Magnificence in One of many World’s Most Populated Nations
Bangladesh is full of folks. The South Asian nation has the tenth-highest inhabitants density on the earth, at roughly 3,750 folks per sq. mile — thrice that of India, its enormous neighbor to the east.
However beautiful patches of nature additionally stay throughout the nation’s 53,300 sq. miles, roughly the identical measurement as Pennsylvania — largely in Bangladesh’s northeast. That sector of the nation is dominated by “hoars,” a community of lakes and associated wetland ecosystems that replenish in the course of the monsoon season with runoff water from rivers and canals, forming enormous inland expanses of water the place the few villages appear to be tiny islands.
That is the place you may discover Tafsir Ahmed Khan squinting via a viewfinder to seize beautiful images of nature.
“I observe many international photographers and noticed them taking stunning images of their nations. Nonetheless, I could not discover many in my very own nation.,” he mentioned. “Then I figured, why not take some creative images right here? That is the place the journey started.”
He bought a digital camera in 2016 and located himself specializing in the hoars, and on nights dominated by the heavens overhead.
His Instagram account additionally exhibits beautiful photos of city settings: highrise buildings sitting adjoining to water and scenes of the Bay of Bengal.
The hoars, he mentioned, “are tough to get to and will be harmful, so [typically] solely locals go. As well as, the countryside is barely accessible for a brief time period [typically one to three months of the year], and it’s usually submerged. … I’ve by no means been in the course of the dry season.”
Khan has this recommendation for would-be nature photojournalists: “I all the time search for a robust foreground, and as soon as I’ve discovered one I search for an total composition. Earlier than I am going wherever, I look on social media and seek for current images of that location to get a really feel for it.”
He additionally makes use of instruments like a impartial density filter for his long-exposure photographs, which makes the water and clouds in his photos seem “actually easy,” an impact he likes. Typically he mounts a round polarizer filter on his lens to chop down on reflections.
Kahn mentioned high-priced, subtle gear is not essential to create memorable photos: “I need to encourage folks to place extra emphasis on talent constructing, fairly than shopping for.”
However he’s involved that local weather change is a worrisome menace to the character scenes he captures on reminiscence playing cards. “As an illustration, gentle air pollution is affecting my astrophotography now, which was not that distinguished 5 years in the past,” Kahn mentioned.
This story was supplied to Newsweek by Zenger Information.
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