“Family is an integral part of my creativity,” says Ismail Zaidy about his photographic practice based on color, emotions and various aspects of Moroccan culture. In many of his conceptual images, Zaidy’s brother and sister serve as models, positioned between pastel-colored fabrics or balanced between learned ropes. Each photo was taken against the sandy backdrop of windswept deserts, enhancing the movement and interplay of light and shadow.
Combined with the abstract and minimal aesthetic, Zaidy uses simple editing tools and just a Samsung Galaxy S5’s camera. He draws his passion for color from silk, cotton and other textiles that are reminiscent of the images of his upbringing. “When I was a kid, I lived in a humble area in Marrakech, where I watched women wear their fabrics, wander around and djellaba on the street. These women are still a great inspiration to me today, ”he says.
Although Zaidy’s siblings’ involvement began out of necessity when others were unavailable, they continue to provide guidance and insight into the concepts the 23-year-old photographer explains:
I try to shed light on certain topics. Lack of communication, distance between siblings and their parents, and familial alienation are problems that affect many but are rarely discussed. I try to address this issue in a poetic way throughout my work to show that family is one of the most precious gifts in our lives.
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