Would you mind introducing yourself? Hello world! My name is Sahar Fathi, a 28-year-old cat enthusiast and unseasoned photographer.
Where are you from, and where do you currently live? I'm a west coast transplant currently living in Buffalo, New York pretending like it's home.
How would you describe your style of photography? I'm currently still in the process of developing a style - I'm hesitant to say I have anything established at the moment. However, I am specifically drawn to elements of nature, architecture, and setting the scene using the framework of the natural and existing world.
Sahar's Instagram - @saharyum
When did you first fall in love with taking photos? I have always appreciated other photographers and experimented as an adolescent with the digital medium but nothing ever really "stuck" until a couple years ago. I slowly started to learn about analog photography and that is when it really became a serious hobby for me.
Do you have a favourite photography related memory, whether it be in front or behind the camera? Last year I spent the night in the Sahara desert at a Moroccan campsite with my boyfriend. The camp was nestled in between the dunes and it was a totally surreal experience. We spent the evening attempting to photograph the light of the stars - with no surrounding city lights, you could see they were totally infinite. We woke up in the morning to the sun and the sand and the vastness of this great desert and country and it really was a lovely experience.
Who/What inspires you to take these wonderful photographs? My biggest inspiration is the world itself. I have a love for travel and particularly enjoy photographers who spend their lives travelling from place to place, all while documenting their efforts. William Albert Allard is a favourite of mine. He is wildly talented and has been able to experience so much in his lifetime. I aspire to do the same, slowly but surely.
What kind of camera do you use? Primarily the Canon AE-1P.
What is your editing process like? Simple and minimal editing. I use Lightroom to do any alterations. I try to keep the overall finished look and feel as close to the original image as possible - just aim to enhance its natural qualities.
Are there any tips you would like to give to anyone out there who would love to create similar style photos to yours? Don't worry about following any specific technique or formality. Get out there and practice until you fall into a groove that's all your own.
What are some of your passions/hobbies other than photography? Travelling, literature, and cat-petting are some of my greatest loves.
Do you have any photography related plans for this summer that you would like to share? I will be visiting Paris and Prague by the time this interview is posted. I am incredibly excited to be able to photograph these two cities - it's gonna be a really good time!
Who are some of your favourite photographers? William Albert Allard, Dan Tom, and William Eggleston.
Are there any photographers here on Instagram that you love and wish more people knew about? Shameless plug but my boyfriend Jeffrey Czum (@jeffreyczum) is a great talent and should be known as such! NatGeo photographer @irablockphoto, Iranian photographer @hodaafshar, and LA-based photographer @robbymueller.
Click here to check out our interview with Jeffrey Czum!
What would be your number one dream destination for a photography adventure? If I could go back in time, Egypt in the 1930s.
Which time of year is your favourite for taking photographs? Autumn! The earth gives you exactly what you need for the perfect setting :P
Do you have any upcoming photography trips/sessions planned that you would like to share? Like previously mentioned, I will be heading to Paris at the end of May and then onward to Prague! Hopefully will spend some time in California this December, driving down highway 1 and photographing it along the way.
Anything extra you would like to share? Many thanks to Hippo Mag for this opportunity! You guys are awesome and this is such a great outlet for new and established photographers alike. Looking forward to all that is to come next :)
Don't forget to follow Sahar on Instagram! (@saharyum)