I paint stories | I pitch ideas ..
Zakir’s passion is street photography. His love for it has given him a deep insight into how life evolves on the streets and how an ordinary onlooker might make sense out of it. His photographs are meant to take you on a ride to a different state of mind where there is an opportunity for a greater sense of what is possible. He pitches ideas and paints stories through his powerful, intense and thought provoking photographs. The ideas underlying the visual narration concern themselves with the human soul — their aim is to give it a deep and profound meaning. Zakir’s primary subjects are people and how their environments shape their lives. He believes that a camera is a tool of communication; given a purpose to fulfill, a camera can be a powerful medium of expression. A picture is a representation of a collective consciousness of a society, and it opens a window that reflects upon the hearts and souls that shape our lives.
Zakir’s photographs are intended to make a difference on levels beyond the aesthetic: they are meant to penetrate the 'SYSTEM' and question the existing realm of reality in which we believe. His photograph of a homeless man in front of a bank is not only about the misery of the homeless, but how the bank has robbed him of his savings, handwork, sweat and tears. And enslaved his future generations, in fact, all of humanity through obfuscation of money and 'usury' (hereafter also referred to as “Riba”). By not according usury its place in the system, the currently accepted scholarship has failed miserably. Our intellectual misapprehension has led us into such spiritual blindness that we have become incapable of recognizing this tool of human enslavement. By connecting the dots, Zakir takes the viewer to a different sense of reality as what the human eye can see as compared to what there is to see.
An IT consultant by profession, Zakir has worked on the world's largest Oracle Application project for Siemens and has been engaged at the University of Oxford as a Senior Database Consultant. In these times of deceit and spiritual blindness, he believes that art must be used to bring revolutionary ideas into the mainstream to challenge this modern age of deception. There is a war being waged for our minds, either by controlling the right information or letting the wrong information into our minds so that we continue to live in a state of ignorance. His primary focus is Riba and how as a SYSTEM it has enslaved the human soul. He seeks to understand why our most prominent intellectuals have failed to understand it, thus placing our world in the hands of a small clique, in which the banks control the medium of exchange (money) and thus enslaving the whole planet. This usurious system through which a select few control the world has brought all of humanity into the greatest crisis ever known to man. Before the final meltdown of this interest-bearing debt-based economic model, we must educate ourselves, become inspired and become part of the SOLUTION that is happening silently in the background.