Days in Quarantine

By Syeda Iqraa BukhariIqra 1

Not a Nikon ambassador! I love photography. My mom bought me my first ever professional camera when I was in tenth grade. It has been around 6 or 7 years since then and the camera has never disappointed. It has even outlasted some friendships in my life; not sure if that is good or bad. When people find out that I like photography, they ask me to take their pictures and make them look good. I always sarcastically reply and say that I prefer taking pictures of still life and architecture. It is slightly true though. I am more comfortable capturing pictures of antiquity, be in old Lahore, Neelum Valley (Kashmir), Coventry city centre, my university campus, or London.

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My reluctant friend tried doing double exposure photography on me. Or maybe I asked her to.

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Not sure if posing on a cloth drying rack was ever chic.

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My History and English teacher from school, Ms Imtiaz, recommended reading the book titled ‘The Wasted Vigil’ many times in class. I once took a note of it somewhere in my phone. Four years have passed since then and I am finally reading it in quarantine at university. Now I know why she loved that book. It has a special place in my heart not just because of how passionately it has been written or how the subject is Afghanistan but because my dear teacher introduced it to me in the most beautiful manner.

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My attempt at double exposure photography.


My name is Syeda Iqraa Bukhari. I am currently pursuing an MA in International Security at the University of Warwick where I work as a Research Assistant in the Department of Politics and International Studies (PAIS). I did my BS (Hons) in Political Science with a minor in Mass Communication from Forman Christian College – Lahore (Class of 2019). I did my high school at the International School of Choueifat – Lahore (Class of 2016). My hobbies are (opinion) writing, reading and photography. I am passionate about student leadership and am a ‘feminist type’ of girl; the latter might make me appear unappealing to certain people in society but I would have it no other way.

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