Two months ago, Shamim Shorif Susom participated in his first solo aerial-based photography exhibition titled “Blackbird’s eYe: Bangladesh & Beyond.” It was the first aerial-based photography exhibition in Bangladesh.
He says, “The way I see it, I am fortunate enough to fly, and fortunate enough to see my root, my village, my urban life from a different perspective… at the end of the day, I’m capturing the memoirs of my reconnection. I am revisiting my country, my past, my childhood.”
Most of Bangladesh lies within the broad delta formed by the Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers and is exceedingly flat, low-lying, and subject to annual flooding. A significant portion of the population lives in villages that are close to riverbanks. The flat lands containing numerous villages are criss-crossed with many rivers of different length and width, most eventually pouring into the Bay of Bengal in the country’s south. You can count almost 700 rivers, including the branching streams that make up a 15,000-mile-long river network—one of the largest in the world.
If you look at the country from above, the rivers, canals, and water-based activities are quite a sight. The diversity of this river-related life is also captured in Shamim Sharif Susom’s photos that he usually takes from 500-1,000 feet in the air.
Bangladesh is predominantly an agricultural country. Almost 48 percent of the population is dependent on agriculture.
And there are still more beautiful photos of Bangladesh:
Shamim Shorif Susom has participated in a total of 19 exhibitions, both at home and abroad. Want to see more images of Bangladesh through his lens? Check out his website, Flickr account, and Facebook page.