Beachroad meet architect and award winning photographer Anique Ahmed, born and raised in Dubai Anique started out as a hobbyist photographer, over the past few years he developed the eye for detail which has helped him in executing many commercial projects for clients in the United Arab Emirates. His image "Rolling In", a shot of fog covering Dubai Marina, has been selected and published in the first edition of "Muy Visual Interesante", a magazine in Spain that has been launched to publish spectacular images from around the world. He has also been featured in the Gulf News Property Week issue, in-line with Cityscape Global Dubai 2013, Gulf News Focus and various other publications for his Architectural Photography work around the UAE. Anique was awarded the Gold and Bronze medals in the 2015 Fine Art Photography Awards (FAPA). In addition to that he has several honorable mentions in the 2015 International Photography Awards and Prix De La Photographie Paris.
NAME? // Anique Ahmed Naseeruddeen.
YOUR FIRST JOB? // Data entry at a bank.
YOUR CURRENT OCCUPATION? // Architect and Photographer.
YOUR GREATEST LOVE? // Cats and Photography.
YOUR GREATEST FEAR? // Snakes.
WHAT IS YOUR EARLIEST MEMORY? // Grade 2. Hiding and running away with friends from the school principal.
WHO IS YOUR ROLE MODEL AND WHY? // It would be HH Sheikh Mohammed. A great leader, visionary and a good human being. I don’t think there is any other leader like him.
WHAT WAS THE LAST GIFT YOU GAVE SOMEONE? // Prints of my work as a thank you gesture.
IF YOU WERE 80 YEARS OLD, WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE YOUR CHILDREN? // Do what you feel is right for you. And do it because you want to and not because people want you to. There will be a time when you feel you are stuck and just can’t get out of first gear. Just be patient and keep on going. Transformation takes time.
YOUR WORST TRAIT? // Procrastinating and being overly kind to people.
THE WORST TRAIT IN OTHERS THAT GETS YOU MAD? // Being unorganised.
WHO WOULD PLAY YOUR ROLE IN A MOVIE? // Robert Downey Jr.
FAVORITE MUSIC? // That depends on what I’m doing. While working it is mostly instrumentals. When driving it’s what’s new on the radio. And at other times Rock.
LAST RECORD YOU BOUGHT? // Black Eyed Peas.
FAVORITE BOOK? // I do not read a lot. But anything that has a lot of images.
LAST BOOK YOU BOUGHT? // A book put together by two Fine Art Architectural photographers.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU? // Music, movies and work from other artists.
THE CLOSEST YOU HAVE COME TO DEATH? // A car accident that happened early in my childhood.
FAVORITE DESTINATION? // Iceland. Haven’t been there myself but looking at photos, that would be the one.
LEAST FAVORITE DESTINATION? // Haven’t travelled much as yet to have one.
HOW DO YOU RELAX? // Listen to music, coffee with a friend or friends, or go to the pool.
WHY DUBAI? // Born and brought up in this glamorous city. Seen it turn from sand to buildings. It is home to me. Don’t see a reason as to why I should consider living in another city.
ARE YOU SPORTY? // Yes.
BEACH OR DESERT? // Beach.
URBAN OR RURAL? // Urban.
CATS OR DOGS? // Cats.
COFFEE OR TEA? // Coffee.
WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH? // Slapstick comedy.
WHAT MAKES YOU CRY? // Fear of losing loved ones.
YOUR MESSAGE? // Be yourself. Do what you feel is right for you. Pick what inspires you, learn the technique and add on to it. Make people laugh and treat them the way you want to be treated.