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Reflection of dispersed soul; hidden for years

Farida Alam | Bangladesh

Sheela: If God made me a boy physically then why my mind always dreams like a girl? Can u solve this puzzle of my life !

In Bangladesh, Hijra is a social group, where people are defined either as transsexual or as men who become women by adopting womanhood. They express themselves through cross-dressing. Whatever destiny has given them they can’t change but at least they can expect acceptance in our society.

When I decided to work on the Third Gender I found a resemblance between broken mirror and their life.

In my photo series, the red background in the broken mirror is the symbol of the colorful world, which doesn’t accept them. The broken mirror is the symbol of the disparity between body and mind. It also symbolizes the reality of shattered dreams.

On the other hand, by adopting womanhood they try to forget their abuses and tortures and stay happy but they do not get acceptance in our society. Our cruel society shuts door for them. The black background reflects this feeling.

I wanted to explore their life just to make my viewers understand that the third genders are like normal human beings who need empathy rather than sympathy.

I am Farida Alam. Photography is my passion. My inspiration for photography comes from people and my surroundings. I am influenced by their livelihood, their daily life, happiness and sorrows.

I have completed Basic and Foundation course from “Pathshala South Asian Media Institute”. Later on, I have participated in a Documentary Photography course from Counter Photo, another renowned photography institute of our country.

Currently I am pursuing Diploma in Photography from Alliance Francaise de Dhaka.

Also, I am a lifetime member of “Bangladesh Photographic Society (BPS)” and an active member of “Muktochokh – Pathshala Photography Society”.

During this short period of photography, I have received recognitions from various national and international arenas.


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