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Name: Thahmina Rahman
School: Harris Academy Purley
Year: Year 13
Inspiration: My inspiration for these photographs was my theme 'Words and Texts'. Through words and texts I challenged the misconception that Muslim women can’t express themselves creatively due to their religion. I wanted to do this theme because I have recently started to wear the Hijab; I used to wear the Hijab when I was younger and I stopped wearing it because I thought I wasn’t mature enough to wear it and I didn’t want my behaviour to represent Islam in a bad way as Islam means peace. Over the years, I gained more knowledge on Islam; now that I am older and I have matured I wanted to put the Hijab on again to show my commitment to Allah (SWT). When I talk to people about photography they think it’s peculiar that I do a very creative subject and think it’s very hard for me to express myself because of my religion. I want people to know that putting my Hijab back on have made me more confident in my everyday life and it doesn’t restrict me to do creative things.
Description: For this piece, I was inspired by Barbara Kruger. I like her photographs because the photograph and the text contrast with each other. Her photographs inspired me because I wanted to actually use words on one of my photographs. I made up a quote which said ‘My Hijab is a blank canvas, a vessel for imagination.’ With this quote I was trying to say a woman who wears a Hijab doesn’t bottle her imagination up in her head, she does have a freedom of speech.
Medium: Photography and Collage
Width: 59.4 cm Height: 84.1 cm