As a full-time radio journalist based in Pakistan between 1998 and 2001, I often carried a small Leica loaded with black and white film to document the stories I was covering.

My area of responsibility included Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central Asia. It was a busy time in the region’s history; civil war raged in Afghanistan, tensions between India and Pakistan over Kashmir flared, and Pakistan’s prime minister was ousted in a military coup.

On those rare slow news days, I would take my camera and visually explore parts of the country. Sometimes, I would visit a new neighborhood in Islamabad, where I lived. Other times, I would journey down the Grand Trunk Road east towards Lahore or west to Peshawar, stopping whenever I saw something interesting.

It was during this time of combining audio and images that soon led me to experiment with video journalism.