Light & Composition
It is Here, That We Are Changing the History of Photography to What It Should Be
Light & Composition began because we had a vision to create a platform that showcased a genuine work of art in its purest form; to highlight the true essence of photography and its artistic side. By the time we published the very first edition of our magazine, the photographic world was already on the verge of change, where one started to feel very different from the experience of earlier generations. Photography transitioned from an object of learning about the world we live in to becoming an object of desire for dealers, collectors, and Hedge Fund managers. This provides a new scale of values for assessing the worth of a photograph and a reason to fight for its ownership.
On the other side of this visual art medium there is a different world. Where the boom of numerous image hosting providers are taking place, along with the various social media networks, which give people on mass the opportunity to share on enormous scales, and make people feel like photographers. There has never been a medium so widely appreciated and so eagerly exploited like the medium of photography. Ethics have taken a back seat since and that’s when we introduced ourselves through our books, magazines, and awards, which aim to portray the world through the lens, using purist perspectives.
Back then, we never thought that Light & Composition would become what it is today. From the most prestigious photography award to university education, with distance learning and research; not only for the field of photography, but also for language and linguistics, and comparative religion – where one can find the key to the mystery of this universe. Today, with over 2-million subscriptions, this is the most widely-read magazine in the field of art and photography…you get the picture. It is here that we are changing the history of photography to what it should be for this and generations to come.
Nasrul has been setting new standards as an author, photographer, editor, educator, and art director for more than a decade. Currently Editor-in-Chief at Light & Composition, Head of Department of Art and Photography, and Language and Linguistics at Light & Composition University, Nasrul started his professional career in 2000. A couple of years later, Nasrul made his debut into advertising and joined Grey World Wide, where he worked with well-known organizations such as Nokia, Coca-Cola, Bata, and Telecom Malaysia. In 2006, he joined Paper Rhyme, as Head of Interactive, and at the same time helped in establishing the advertising and event management firms like Spell Bound and Final Avenue. From 2000 to 2007, he also made 4 documentaries, 35 animated commercials, and more than one hundred high-end corporate websites. However, everything changed while he went on the Annapurna Circuit trek, in Nepal, Nasrul left advertising and became a full time writer and photographer.
He wrote books such as The Quintessence of Photography: Understanding Composition, for developing artistic vision, and The Essence of Close-up Photography, for developing the basics of photographic vocabulary and exploring close-up photography with an artistic touch. His other books are Illuminating Nature: Moments in Reflection, with vivid examples of nature and wildlife photography, and The Happy Children of the Third World, which touches on the meaning of life, to its core. Nasrul has published over 100 articles on various aspects of art, photography, language, linguistics, religion, and science.
A Network Management graduate, Nasrul spent his first two and half years in the Department of Computer Science. Once he became Cisco Certified Network Associate, followed by Cisco Certified Network Professional and Cisco Certified Security Professional, he chose to complete his graduation in networking rather than computer science.
After leaving advertising in 2007, Nasrul was craving to learn more about the science of language, and thus, completed his MSc in Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition. Spending most of his time studying, photographing, researching, and traveling through different cultures, which drew Nasrul closer to people, life, and nature. He also researches and studies different religious’ scriptures in their original language using today’s established science, in order to understand the meaning of life. Nasrul’s research on science and religion helped him accept Islam.
Hanie Mudjahid joined Light and Composition in June, 2010 and is now working as the Managing Editor. She is responsible for organizing all the editorial projects. Besides that she takes care of the magazine’s various marketing related affairs for the Asia Pacific region. She is also one of the key members of social media team.
A Jakarta native, Hanie attended the Darma Persada University and holds a BA in Japanese Literature. Besides managing the huge responsibilities of the magazine, she loves to take care of her family, spending time on praying, and reading the Quran. Nasrul Eam and Hanie Mudjahid got married in December, 2010, and have been working hard to take this magazine to next level.
Jim Perceval is Advisor at Light and Composition. He now resides on the beautiful tropical island of Ko Samui, Thailand, which is where we commenced our magazine. Though he holds the position of advisor, everyday he helps contribute in many ways: from developing the business to social media marketing, from Photo of the Day to Editing, his contribution is everywhere.
Jim hails from UK and also lived in western Canada for many years. He has been a keen photographer for many years and has a huge collection of images of plants, flowers, birds, and general landscapes from several counties.
Contributing Editor & Photographer
Nilla Palmer joined Light & Composition in May, 2012 as Features Editor and Photographer. Nilla is a Technical Writer but her passion is photography and travelling. Spending 10 months in 2011, travelling through Morocco, New York, and South America, she returned to Australia with over 11,000 images. In addition to Digital, Nilla still uses film and loves to spend hours in her darkroom processing and printing B&W, which she learnt at an early age. Later, more study in Communications Design increased her desire to experiment further with composition and light.
Nilla’s intent is to reveal a story through her images for an audience, which she hopes inspires and encourages people to visit far-off lands. For more of Nilla’s work, please visit www.nillasphotography.com
Felice Breitkreutz joined Light and Composition in May, 2010 and is the Contributing Editor, responsible for overseeing editorial projects. She is also taking care of the final editing of every text the magazine represents. A Wisconsin, USA native, Felice holds a BA in Fine Arts.
Felice spends most of her time traveling, drawing, and doing photography. She loves to be in nature, and is always looking for the sense of oneness, a connection to the whole, a feeling that all humans can feel and yearn for.
Chief Financial Officer
Imran Hoque joined Light and Composition as Chief Financial Officer in November 2010, reporting to Nasrul Eam. Prior to joining the Light and Composition team, he worked as Accounts Manager in various multinational companies and has a successful career. Though he holds a Master’s degree in Accounting, his keen interest in art, photography and social media opens a new window for him to work with Light and Composition. Imran lives in Montreal, Quebec, and met Nasrul Eam during their school days. They did many successful projects together. He enjoys accompanying friends and spending time on social networking.
Afnan Naser Chowdhury
Business Development Director
Afnan Naser Chowdhury joined Light and Composition as Business Development Director in October, 2010, reporting to Nasrul Eam. Prior to joining Light and Composition he passionately perused teaching in Virginia, and now resides in Raleigh, North Carolina. While doing his Bachelor’s degree he met Nasrul Eam and got inspired into photography.
He has a keen interest in nature and in painting from his childhood. Afnan loves getting geeky, especially about iPhone and iPad, and looks forward to meeting as many Light and Composition readers as possible from North Carolina.
Features Editor & Photographer
Martin Meyer joined Light & Composition in July 2011 and is Features Editor & Photographer, reporting to Nasrul Eam. As Features Editor, Martin is responsible for writing and organizing feature articles, covering the latest photographic technologies and trends. Martin is a travel and wildlife photographer. He is a qualified DEAT/FGASA field guide and internationally accredited emergency responder, with extensive experience in leading 4WD safaris throughout South Africa as well as in the game parks of Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. Beside working as Features Editor with Light & Composition, Martin with his wife, Nicole Meyer, have been developing their unique brand of photographic, private safaris, stock photography products, and brands since July 2008.
Continuing his education, Martin has recently completed his Advanced Wilderness Medic qualification through the internationally accredited Wild Medix Emergency First Response training program. He is currently studying to get his Advanced Mountain Walking Leader certification.
Features Editor & Photographer
Aude Emilie Dorion is Associate Features Editor at Light and Composition. Aude graduated in history of art and theater at la Sorbonne University in Paris and studied photography at INA sup (National Institute of Multimedia). Sensitive to the effect of globalization on modern cultures and the inequity of the world’s economic development, tensions and transformations are at the heart of her creative work. In the permanent flux of contemporary societies, her work oscillates between “l’ici et l’ailleurs”, yesterday and today, local and international, private and public.
Merging art and social justice, Aude gives a particular attention to the urban environment and the left apart communities. She works in the fields of fine art, journalism, editorial, and commercial photography.
Muhammed Nafeezul Bari
Muhammed Nafeezul Bari is the Editorial Coordinator of Light and Composition. He is responsible for managing ongoing editorial projects and organizing content for the upcoming magazine. Besides working with us, Nafeez loves spending time taking photographs and directing cultural events.
Nafeezul started taking photographs with his father’s ordinary Minolta when he was a kindergarten student. After buying the Canon V300 in 2004, his passion for taking pictures grew, and he started exploring in different sectors of photography. Now, he tries to capture whatever interests him with the 35mm film during his off days from office.
Shahnaz Parvin is an Award-Winning Photo Journalist. She is a passionate Bangalee, and resides in Bangladesh. Her real passion lays in photography and learning it. Shahnaz mostly loves documentary photography, and loves to represent her country Bangladesh through her lens. With the highest number of Photo of the Month and Photo of the Day Awards, Shahnaz joined Light and Composition as Contributing Photographer from March 2013. Covering upheaval, conflict, places, people, and culture, she is one of the top most contributors from South Asia.
Saniar Rahman Rahul
Saniar Rahman Rahul was our first winner for ‘Photo of the Month Award’ in June 2010. With his amazing sense of wildlife photography he joined Light and Composition as a Contributing Photographer from September 2011. Rahul grew up in a family, where photography was part of everyday life. His father was very much passionate about photography. Earlier in 2005, Rahul joined G3, a special wing of Grey Worldwide. Two years later, he moved to Paper Rhyme. Besides working with Light and Composition and doing wildlife photography, Saniar works as the Art Director of Grey World Wide, one of the ten largest advertising agencies in the world. Blog
Sujoy Das is the contributing photographer at Light and Composition. He joined the team from September, 2011, reporting under Nasrul Eam. A Kolkata, India native, Sujoy has been photographing, climbing and trekking in the Himalaya for the last thirty years and calls it his second home. His photographs have been published in leading newspapers, magazines and books worldwide like The Washington Post, APA Publications, Lonely Planet and Outlook Traveler etc.
Sujoy is the co- author and photographer of the book SIKKIM – A Travelers Guide with Arundhati Ray which was a finalist in the Banff Book Competition in the Adventure Travel category. He has held solo exhibitions of his work in New Delhi and Kolkata. For more of his work please do visit www.sujoydas.com
Associate Features Editor
Sadia Naheen is the Associate Features Editor of Light and Composition. Being an army kid, her childhood was spread in various cantonments till they settled at the mega city Dhaka, Bangladesh. Thus her traveling bug was seeded at very early age, which just grew after joining at the Architecture Faculty at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET). Being in that creative environment of BUET, it was all nourishment for her true passion- photography and blogging. Now as a freelance architect, it combines both her passions in the features of Reflections.
Mohiuddin Ahmed Ranju
Associate Features Editor
Mohiuddin Ahmed Ranju is the Associate Features Editor of Light and Composition. He joined the organization in March 2012. In profession an Electrical Engineer, Mohiuddin grew up in Dhaka, Bangladesh. An avid movie buff, his passion lies in travelling, and discovering people. Besides working in power industry, he is involved in voluntary works with various organizations. His interest in movies and all things associates with movies finds its inspiration in photography, and writing.
If not not working, Ranju could be located in bookstores, browsing through movies and books. He is a big fan of social media and loves connecting with people, creative brainstorming, problem solving, and making things happen.
Associate Features Editor
Ridita Mizan is the Associate Features Editor of Light and Composition. She is a small town girl from Rajshahi, Bangladesh, where nature shines with its varied magnificence. A graduate of English Literature, Ridita loves to probe deep into art and human life. Ridita is a versatile person involved with different cultural activities since childhood and also worked as a news presenter in the community radio.
Keenly interested in photography she finds inspiration from all forms of creation. The photographs in Light and Composition has become a source to pursue her own artistic endeavors.
Simran Nanwani joined Light and Composition in January 2013. After graduating from Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, Singapore, she worked as a Business Analyst in the AXA Insurance Company. After gaining a year’s experience, Simran decided to terminate her contract and take up a Graphic Design course. Currently, she owns a small online business called Seni Home, selling handicraft products made in Indonesia. Over the years, photography became her passion and she has been a diligent mobile photographer for two years. In her leisure time, she enjoyed casual writing on her personal Blog.
Light & Composition provided a breakthrough and platform to expose her writing skills. Writing gives Simran great satisfaction in expressing thoughts. “It truly has been a privilege to contribute to this amazing team.” She will try her best to keep writing and learning in the process.
Zahraa H. Al Hasan
Feature Writer & Photographer
Zahraa H. Al Hasani joined Light and Composition in August, 2012 as Features Writer. Graduated from the University of Technology Bagdad, her first job was at Wacther Company Ltd. as a graphic designer for constructions. One year later, she joined in Iraqi-American Chamber for Commerce and Industry. Currently she is senior graphic designer and photographer in Marketing Communication field at a Telecommunication company. She helps over submitting her consultancy to better enhance company image to be shown in elegant pattern. Blessed with one child, Zahraa and her family lives in Bagdad. In addition to her passion of photography and designing, she has a knack for writing since she had been in high school. She wrote her first piece in the most famous local magazine of that time that deals with well- known Iraqi writers.
In Light & Composition she has been enjoying soaking up the authenticity and knowledge on board and will continue to be, as long as Allah wills.
Sarin Soman is our third winner for ‘Photo of the Month Award’ in August 2010. With his amazing sense of artistic photography he joined Light and Composition as a Contributing Photographer from September, 2011. A Kelara, India native, Sarin Soman is a software developer by profession.
Sarin is now working and living in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He believes his photography is an art that acts as an expression of his soul, which is something very close to his heart. It’s not about taking pictures; it’s about capturing moments of time, while simultaneously infusing each image with the emotion of that precise moment.
Business Development Officer
Mohammad Yead is our Business Development Officer and most active in Social Media Events. He is really a hard working person which takes Light & Composition to a new level. His work area covers social media monitoring and search engine optimization. Yead is an undergraduate of science faculty of Manarat University, working toward a B.S. Engineering in Electronics.
He lives in Dhaka spends his free time pursuing one of his many interests, which include music, photography, traveling and reading novels.
Social Media Coordinator
Anja Rockel joined Light and Composition on November, 2010 as Social Media Coordinator from Germany. She is responsible for keeping in touch with the growing social network community of photographers in western-central Europe. She loves to spend time learning and doing photography. Both her parents are into photography that gave her an unbreakable bonding with this art. Anja is a graduate student and currently lives in Berlin.
Vijaya Sri Sanjevi
Social Media Manager
Vijaya Sri Sanjevi works on Social Media Team as Manager, reporting to Nasrul Eam. Before joining Light and Composition, Sri was a freelance photographer and writer and vastly active in social networking. For managing their family business on tourism, Sri often needs to travel to Singapore and Philippines on weekly basis. An Malaysian native, Sri graduated in International Business. She started photography as her hobby and believes the best way to learn is to just do it.