My name is Sardar Khder Aziz and I live in Erbil City in Kurdistan of Iraq. I have been a photographer for about 30 years.
Urban life at Irbil can be dated back to at least 6000 BC, and it is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world.
At the heart of the city is the ancient Citadel of Arbil. It is a unique and inspirational city to take photographs in.
The inspiration behind my work is the great love to my land and my people. I photographs that I shoot are landscape and nature photos.
I find that the quality of light is very important when taking landscape photography. Getting just the right lighting to create the mood is vital to getting my feelings and inspiration across to the viewer.
I have been taking pictures since I was a kid. I grew up in PA out in the country. We lived at the foot of a mountain which was surrounded by forests so nature became my favorite thing to photograph. We had animals all around as we were in farming country.
My purpose in my photography is to share nature through my eyes so others can enjoy it. My husband and I go camping, hiking and backpacking which a lot of people do not get to do. We see some very beautiful things on our adventures and we like to share these things. I love flowers as well and love to photograph their amazing colors.
I’m a realist when it comes to art, although with Photoshop and Lightroom you can do some newer forms like HDR photography and Colorization which I will be learning soon.
My husband is a professional photographer so I have had the opportunity to learn things from him over the years which has approved my ability as a photographer.
I have all my photos for sale on two websites. One is Fine Art America and the other is Viewbug. I have a full time job so I hope to have more time to work on my photography in the future.
I have had great responses to my photos and have even won a contest or two. I have sold a couple and just had a great time creating the photos. We love to travel and we always take our cameras and we usually have two or three cameras a piece as we go photographing.
The nice thing about taking photos is you get to see things that a lot of people would just walk right by and never see. Having a photographer’s eye gets you to look at your environment in more detail and develops you to see the little things. It’s amazing what you will find when you look and see.