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Wait… what am I doing here?

BALIATI PALACE, MANIKGANJ, DHAKA, BANGLADESH

BALIATI PALACE, MANIKGANJ, DHAKA, BANGLADESH – June 2016. Baliati Zamindar Bari is located at the village of Baliati, in Saturia Upazila in Manikganj District, Bangladesh. It is the palace of the Zamindars, the Baliati Zamindari who ruled over a large area.

Wait… what am I doing here?, photo essay by Ibnul Islam

There I sat in a forgotten corner. Deprived of the sky, the rain.
Everyone called me pretty, then moved on.
I was the unwanted.
The flawed.
Because I had a straight end unlike my friends’ curvy ones.
Until she found me.
«Gimme the cheapest one», she said, and the shopkeeper quickly handed me over with a sigh of relief. She opened me over her head, fighting the wind and rain; I tasted life. She didn’t mind my straightness.

My new home was next to a pile of books. The books told me stories. They told me tales of near and far lands. So I began to daydream. I wanted to see the world, to go places, to roam around.

The dust-coated periodic table hanging on the wall gave me the idea to possess her. And that’s what I did.

My heartfelt desire reached her at some point for she suddenly picked me up one rainy day, and went out.
Then again on a sunny day.
And many days after that.
The sky and the world were more beautiful- and way simpler- than my friends claimed. When I often let go of my possession of beloved owner, she suddenly starts thinking, «Wait… what am I doing here?» (Ibnul Islam)

7 KANYAR PUKUR, BALIATI PALACE, MANIKGANJ, DHAKA, BANGLADESH

KANYAR PUKUR, BALIATI PALACE, MANIKGANJ, DHAKA, BANGLADESH – June 2016. Baliati Zamindar Bari is located at the village of Baliati, in Saturia Upazila in Manikganj District, Bangladesh. It is the palace of the Zamindars, the Baliati Zamindari who ruled over a large area.

SWADHINATA STAMBHA, SOHRAWARDY UDYAN, DHAKA, BANGLADESH

SWADHINATA STAMBHA, SOHRAWARDY UDYAN, DHAKA, BANGLADESH – July 2016. Swadhinata Stambha or Independence Monument is a national monument in Bangladesh to commemorate the historical events that took place in the Sohrawardy Udyan, previously known as Ramna Race Course ground regarding the Liberation War of Bangladesh.

CURZON HALL, UNIVERSITY OF DHAKA, DHAKA, BANGLADESH

CURZON HALL, UNIVERSITY OF DHAKA, DHAKA, BANGLADESH – July 2016. The Curzon Hall is a British Raj-era building and home of the Faculty of Science at the University of Dhaka.

SHAHBAG INTERSECTION, DHAKA, BANGLADESH

SHAHBAG INTERSECTION, DHAKA, BANGLADESH – July 2016. Shahbag Intersection, one of the busiest intersection in Dhaka.

ETERNAL FLAME, DHAKA, BANGLADESH

ETERNAL FLAME, DHAKA, BANGLADESH – July 2016. The Eternal Flame is a position of tribute situated in Sohrawardy Udyan. It sparkles with the memory of the saints of our Liberation war.

RAMNA PARK, DHAKA, BANGLADESH

RAMNA PARK, DHAKA, BANGLADESH – July 2016. Ramna Park is a large park and recreation area situated at the heart of Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh. This park is one of the most beautiful areas in Dhaka with lots of trees and a lake near its center.

PANAM CITY, SONARGAON, NARAYANGANJ, BANGLADESH

PANAM CITY, SONARGAON, NARAYANGANJ, BANGLADESH – July 2016. Panam City is an earliest city of Sonargaon thana in Narayanganj district, about 2.5 kilometers to the north of Dhaka-Chittagong Highway at Mograpara Point.

MARTYRED INTELLECTYALS MEMORIAL, RAYERBAZAR, DHAKA, BANGLADESH

MARTYRED INTELLECTYALS MEMORIAL, RAYERBAZAR, DHAKA, BANGLADESH – August 2016. Martyred Intellectuals Memorial is a memorial built in memory of the martyred intellectuals of Bangladesh Liberation War.

RABINDRA SHOROBOR, DHANMONDI,DHAKA, BANGLADESH

RABINDRA SHOROBOR, DHANMONDI, DHAKA, BANGLADESH – August 2016. In Dhaka there are some places where our lost culture has been rekindled, and one of them is the Rabindra Shorobor.

Q&A with Ibnul Islam

Photography is…
…a way to express so many feelings in a frame.

Photography and writing…
I believe that each photo a photographer take can be written as a story.

Who left the biggest impression on you?
About this photo series, my closest friend Fariha Jahin Biva helped me a lot. Also my whole family supported me and inspired me by accepting all my craziness about photography.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with the readers?
Thanks to everyone else who helped me to photograph this story and of course to PRIVATE for sharing it!

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