Welcome to Smartphone Picture of the Week! Each week, we select and share the best of your smartphone photography in an online feature here on our website, and on our social media. This week’s smartphone photograph is by Muhammad Aybakar, using a Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra.
Muhammad Aybakar, Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
“I’m a street photographer based in Harlem, New York. For years I was the kind of guy always on street photography Youtube yet was too hesitant to ever go out and really try. What really jump started my efforts was an unexpected trip to my home country Somalia, a place where public camera usage in general was shunned but I couldn’t help but be inspired. Every day, I would have the Lightroom camera fired up on my Samsung S1 Ultra with the screen brightness at its lowest and would hip fire everything I would see.
This photo is one such photo, where one day while traveling into Mogadishu, the capital city, for a basketball game on a tuk-tuk, this young man who apparently knew the driver hopped on in the front and started socializing with me. Before getting off I just had to grab a photo to commemorate the experience and was pleasantly surprised with how it turned out so I decided to post it along with every other memory I was forming in this strange yet beautiful land.
I’m always travelling between where I live in NYC and Somalia during vacations and I’m always shooting whether from my phone or one day with a proper camera when I can afford one.”
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