Photography Exhibition for a Purpose

Salam Jones blends his love for photography with his love for giving and creates a photography exhibition at The Brady Arts Centre in East London, UK. He will be displaying images he has taken from Bangladesh. The exhibition is a four-day event and starts TODAY. Take advantage of this opportunity to go out with friends and family, enjoy a photo exhibit and give, give, give, all at the same time. I interviewed Salam Jones regarding his latest project:

R.Is this your first exhibit or have you done others? If so, can you describe them a little?

S.It´s my first exhibition. It´s a four-day exhibition starting 12p.m., each day, from Thursday, August 25th to Sunday, August 28th.

R.What theme is it?

S.The theme for the exhibition is to provide a beautiful, visual representations of all that Bangladesh has to offer, through the medium of photography. There is also a book launch of the much awaited book, “Bangladesh Diaries,” a photography book of my journeys through the country.

Copyright Salam Jones
Copyright Salam Jones

 

R.What do you hope to achieve from this exhibit? What kind of responses do you hope to get from the viewers?

S.My goals are to educate the younger British Bengali generation of the natural beauty of Bangladesh and I’m hoping that most visitors will be pleasantly surprised by what they see. the other aim is to sell as many pictures and books as possible to raise as much proceeds as possible for 4 different charities I am working for within Bangladesh

R.Wow! Tell me about these charities.

S.The Muslim Charity ….who need funding for their streetchildren projects in Dhaka.
The AU foundation who wish to refurbish a government-run orphanage based in Sunamganj, Sylhet.
The Acid Survivors Foundation, who work with acid attack victims in Dhaka.
The BRTuk who work with the most underprivileged in the Sylhet district.

R.Tell me about yourself.

S. I´m just a writer with a love for photography, who returned back to my ‘motherland’ after 37 years away and now, wants to utilise the pictures I took on my travels to ‘give back’ to the very subjects of my photography.

13241368_1349234495102928_7482226675636201843_nR.You write? Tell me about your writing!

S.Well, the first was called, “Days of our Wives”…a story that reflects the secrets, lies, and hypocrisy within the British Bengali community. “Days of our Wives” is currently only available on kindle but we are in the process of reprinting (2nd editions)

The second book is called, “Bangladesh Diaries” ….a photography book based on my travels as a British Bengali who returns home after 37 years, to raise awareness of the beauty of Bangladesh and funds for some of the people and charities I have met on my travels

The third is going to be called, “Life of Hai,” a story about a boy who comes to London in the late 70’s. It’s not finished, but anticipate that once all my projects are finished this year (the photo exhibit being the last one), I will resume writing again and hope to have it released next spring.

Rumki Chowdhury
Rumki Chowdhury

ONLINE ASSISTANT EDITOR FOR HAYATI MAGAZINE, PUBLISHED AUTHOR, POET AND JOURNALIST WITH AN MA IN ENGLISH LITERATURE. BORN IN BANGLADESH, RAISED IN USA, LIVED AND STUDIED IN UK AND NOW, AN ENGLISH TEACHER IN SWEDEN. ALSO, MARRIED AND MOTHER OF TWO DAUGHTERS.

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