RO: A lot of your work seems to be based on the Omani youth, is it because you can connect on a personal level?
TA: Of course, I actually started this kind of photography because of the Omani youth, they motivate me to do something out of the ordinary. I was surprised to find many interesting young Omanis when I came back in the summer of 2015 from the United States. I was really anxious about coming back thinking that I wouldn’t find people to accept my kind of photography, but to my surprise there were many interesting young people, with different backgrounds and mentality which inspired my photography even more.
RO: You use natural light for many shoots, does that attachment to nature come from growing up in a village?
TA: Yes! It’s like you’re reading my mind. I love the sun, I love natural light, the heat. My memories come from sunrise to sunset; I forget everything that comes after.
RO: What inspired you to take up photography at such a young age?
TA: My father was my inspiration; His photographs were not considered to be professional by some people, but they seemed professional to me because I grew up loving his photography standards. My father gave up photography after he got busy with work and family, so I started using his digital compact camera and started creating my own experiences with the art and learnt different types of photography.
RO: Would you say that every amazing photoshoots direction comes from a strong connection to the topic in perspective?
TA: Yes! Not necessarily though, but that’s what I learned and observed from other photographers and their work. There is always a story behind the shoot that connects to either the subject in question or the photographer.
RO: How would you describe “Rejuvenations Past” and its cultural take?
TA: I was actually surprised how the Omani audience received “Rejuvenation of Past” as an artwork. Even though I didn’t mention the story in depth or the concept behind the shoot. I was expecting a lot of unacceptance, because locals here in Oman don’t usually accept something out of the ordinary, like the pop colors and some modern touches I added to these pictures. But I was surprised and grateful for what followed.
RO: Your entire portfolio brings a close to home feeling with Oman at the center of it all. How did that come about?
TA: I absolutely love my country just like everyone else. Living outside the country for a while, and not being here in Oman made me realise how much I love the culture I come from and how fascinating it is. I’m trying my best to create Omani content to introduce the general Omani culture to the world with its different cultural branches. Like I said, taking pictures related to me makes me relive the visuals I have in mind from my childhood in Oman.