Hajra Ahmad is a freelance photographer who majored in English Literature but went on to study photography in South India. She has spent over a decade capturing images of various themes from stylish interiors to street scenes while traveling extensively across the globe. Her photography has been commissioned by several magazines including Lonely Planet, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue Online and Conde Nast Traveller. She also provides photography for hospitality brands such as SUJÁN. In 2011, Hajra was one of the few photographers selected to be a part of the Angkor Photo Workshop in Cambodia. She is proud to be a founding member of the Delhi Photo Festival which was first held in 2011. With frequent travels during her childhood between Nepal and India, and attending boarding school in the foothills of the Himalayas from a young age, Hajra has always been drawn to the mountains. It is no wonder then that she is now a travel and lifestyle photographer based in the Himalayan region of Ladakh.
These images are a collection of photographs taken over a number of years and travels. Some of them contain a story that can be universally adapted by the viewer — where a photograph was taken and why was it taken is something that can be imagined individually in a myriad of ways. The images from Ladakh are more about the light at that moment in time or the spectacular beauty of the location that is so typical of Ladakh. It is easy to obtain a beautiful photograph in Ladakh but to photograph the same location every day and capture it in the most beautiful light is what I have aimed to do. I hope these will give an insight into the region as more than just a name to cross off the traveler’s bucket list but show the beauty of the people and landscape that lies beneath the surface.