"Work hard, be curious and passionate. Don't imitate what you like, but admire it and let it be as a background for your work."
- Cheb Moha
Meet the man behind the camera, Cheb Moha. A twenty-five-year-old photographer, stylist and designer. Three years ago, having grown up in Iraq, Libya and Canada, Cheb gave up everything and brought a one-way ticket to Kuwait. Now residing in Dubai, his work centres around misrepresentation and social classes. We asked him a few questions about his work...
When did your interest in photography begin? And how would you describe your journey as an artist since then?
I always was into photography, but in recent years I became more serious about it. Sharing my work has helped me grow as photographer. To have a place like social media where I display my work has given me space to develop and progress at what I do.
What messages do you hope your photography can portray and illustrate?
That we should work hard towards what we are passionate about and what we believe in.
Your only twenty-five, yet have already lived in Iraq, Libya, Canada and Dubai. Consequently, travelling has been a central part of your life. How have these adventures throughout the world shaped your approach to your work?
It has helped me grow and has expanded my mindset. Travelling is important.
Do you have usual creative process for a shoot? And what piece of advice would you give to young emerging photographers?
With my creative process, there is usually a mood, idea and a story I want to get across through the imagery. My advice is work hard, be curious and passionate. Don't imitate what you like, but admire it and let it be as a background for your work. Practice and research.
You can enjoy more of Cheb's work on his instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chebmoha/?hl=en