PAKISTAN

IMAGES FROM THE SUBCONTINENT

 

As a full-time radio journalist based in Pakistan between 1998 and 2001, I often carried a camera 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 the prime minister was ousted in a military coup. For the first two years of my posting, I worked almost seven days a week.

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 set out down the Grand Trunk Road towards Lahore or 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. I consider this time in Pakistan as a pivotal period in my career as a journalist.