Shariq Siddiqui

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  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom

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About me

 

WHAT I DO I'm a portrait and lifestyle photographer based in London, working on commercial, corporate and editorial assignments. I'm most interested in people and their stories: I'm fascinated by the things they do, and what their experience of life makes them feel. I'm always trying to find beauty and meaning amidst the clutter around us, and ultimately trying to make narrative sense of our world. I read, look at good photography and listen to great photographers constantly to build the skills that I practice every day. To update myself I regularly attend workshops by the likes of Magnum and the Association of Photographers (of which I'm a proud member), still I obsess more about light and vision than my tools. My clients include large corporations, creative and communications agencies, magazines, entrepreneurs and entertainers. BACKGROUND I live in North London with my wife, and travel frequently across the world. I was born in Mumbai, India and have called the UK home since 2005. London fostered my craft with its easy embrace of everything aesthetic, and still inspires me everyday: I spend a lot of time photographing fellow Londoners engaging with our city. I also maintain close ties to my native land: I've realised that the incredible scale, diversity, colours, spirituality and absurdity of India exert a great influence on my work. I'm drawn to rich, primary colours and complex, dynamic spectacles; yet my images are simple, straight and human. I'm a BCom graduate from the University of Mumbai, and I also completed an MBA from XLRI - Xavier School of Management. My time in business and finance - including international M&A - made me especially good at strategy, servicing global clients, and painstaking attention to detail. HOW I WORK While shooting I’m as comfortable giving or receiving direction as I am disappearing in plain sight for reportage work; and I love using natural light as much as I enjoy carefully lighting a scene. I spend a lot of time and energy thinking and preparing, though I’m used to working very quickly so as to not miss even the most fleeting emotion. I also work hard to maintain an efficient workflow - right from planning a project to preparing images for use in print or online. I’m a problem-solver by nature - I work hard to resolve issues and I do what I say I will. Involve me at the idea stage: you'll find me to be a communicative, resourceful and reliable creative partner, who will deliver you images that are vibrant, crisp and contemporary; yet informal and approachable, with a consistent palette.

Skills

 

  • Writing
  • Commercial Photography
  • Project Management
  • Photoshop
  • Lightroom
  • Portraiture
  • Editorial Photography
  • Lifestyle Photography
  • Strategy
  • Street Photography
  • Portrait Photography
  • Location Photography
  • Advertising Photography
  • Corporate Photography
  • Sharsidd.com

Work history

Currently

Owner

Shariq Siddiqui Photography

Mar 2012

2011

Available on Request

Various

May 2001 - Dec 2011

Education

2015

Bachelor of Commerce

University of MUMBAI

May 1996 - Mar 2015

    2001

    MBA

    XLRI Jamshedpur Xavier School of Management

    May 1999 - Mar 2001

      Awards

      2016

      Group Exhibition - Colours - The Association of Photographers

      2014

      Finalist - 157th International Print Exhibition - The Royal Photographic Society

      2014

      Group Exhibition - The Curated Ego - National Portrait Gallery, London

      2013

      Finalist - SOAS Photo Competition - London

      2013

      Shortlisted - World Nomads & National Geographic Channel Travel Photography Scholarship

      2012

      Group Exhibition - London Photo Festival

      2012

      Finalist / Group Exhibition - Urban 2012 - Trieste, Italy