British born photographer, Amir Shah, studied IT at college but his passion was always photography. He started as a freelance photographer and struggled towards his ultimate ambition – creating his own company. Miraculously, four years ago he managed to fulfil this dream by setting up his very own company in Manchester by the name of AKA Creative Ltd. Currently working with his younger brother theatre director Billy Shah, AKA Creative is quite the family affair. We talk to Amir about how he got started.
I can see the day. The day ahead is what i picture and capture. I see shopping bags, bin bags, handbags, phones, and i see a lot of phones. The elderly, Manchester’s former frontier that now breathe the scars of what went by back when the scuttling gangs commanded the streets leaving the Coppers coy.
My city trying to battle with nature for some early spring sunshine. This annual conflict is underscored largely by the proverbial rain.
I see faces, i see a lot of faces. Each with a story worthy of their own time. I can only talk of what I am drawn to. The hurried ones, phones plastered to ears as if it were an extension of sound.
37 year old Tahir Shah started off in technology at the world famous phone company, Nokia. Born and raised in Doncaster, England Tahir is currently living in Dubai and now runs an up and coming healthy fast food business inspired by his love of home cooked goodness. He left the high flying world of technology after 12 years to build his own company, Moti Roti, meaning “fat roti”. They started with community fairs in Feb 2012 before experimenting with pop-up shops in retail spaces throughout Dubai. Tahir talks to us about his success and struggles.
20 year old Sarah Brown from Newcastle upon Thyme is studying photography at Salford University, Manchester and has already produced images for ASOS, London Fashion Week, Miss Foxy, Sunday Sun Newspaper, Chronicle Online and Pakistan in Vogue, amongst others. Currently interning for fashion label Missguided which is described as a fresh, vibrant, trendy online clothes experience with launches in America, Australia, France and Europe, Sarah excels at her role as a fashion photographer.
23-year-old Faeza Khan from Manchester, England, studied nutrition and public health at university before going on to fulfil a dream in modelling. Having worked her way up and managing to secure a contract with well-known London agency,The Model Portal (TMP) over a year ago, she now models for fashion and beauty shots all over the UK. Faeza speaks to Uvadahlia about her thoughts on beauty and what it is to her.