Abdulaziz’s mesmerizing photographs strive to showcase the global water crisis through how different geographic regions and cultures interact with and see water. Many of his images illustrate our exploitation of water, focusing on human interactions with water rather than the substance itself. The photos capture the urgency with which we must conserve and protect water, but do so in an enrapturing way that forces us to reexamine our own relationship with water and our assumptions of its endless supply.
“Water” is a 10 year photo project by American photographer Mustafah Abdulaziz depicting various global interactions and perceptions of water.
Water: a simple, yet complex substance that works as a base for most everything. It can be anything we want it to be, both through solid to gas physical states of being and in what it is put in—quite literally embodying the shape and form of what it is placed in. Centering a ten-year photography project around water, as American photographer Mustafah Abdulaziz is currently doing, is an ambitious, yet lengthy task. Given the fluid definition and various meanings water takes on, this project begs to ask what exactly is it focusing on regarding this substance?
Abdulaziz was born 1986 in New York City. His latest and most known project, “Water”, has been supported by the United Nations, VSCO, Google, and more. “Water” is a member of the Blue Earth Alliance and a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation. Currently, the photographer is based in Berlin, Germany.
Images courtesy of Mustafah Abdulaziz
words PERWANA NAZIF