I got my first DSLR, a very trusty Canon EOS 600D (T3i) as a gift from my father and brother in 2011. Motivated, inspired and tutored by my elder brother and YouTube, my voyage toward the ‘life changing’ event of my life began.
In 2011, I was still studying in Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah, just beginning my ‘senior’ years in the academy. With some luck and a little bit of clout, a ‘single room’ was appointmented to me for the year as my abode.
For those who are unfamiliar with the Aljamea dormitory-life, the single room is a haven for a student, especially for the one who is just entering student-life-senior-hood. The single room meant noone to overlook me and noone for me to look after. Although it tends to get very boring and dangerous at times because there is no one to wake you up when you tend to sleep in, however, at that point in time, it meant freedom. Plus I had awesome friends who would accompany me during thick and thin.
The single room is where it all began. I had all the time and freedom to experiment my new toy - the Canon T3i.
The driving force behind all this was an idea and a vision to create a short film for Aljamea that could be answer a question that I had been asked infinite times during my years in Aljamea: How do you pass your day in Aljamea?
Since way before I decided to get a DSLR as a gift, the vision of a short documentary about Aljamea was quite clear in my mind. And to my luck, with the help of great friends and teachers, the filming began and came life a project called ‘A Glimpse of Paradise’.
It took me an ugly 3 months of filming, planning and editing the very basic, raw, amateur documentary for Aljamea. But the process and exposure I gained, and the opportunity and support given to me at that time, changed my life.