Corner Member Close Up: Mohammed Ali AlQahtani

It's Friday, and you know what that means, right? Time for another photographer interview on the Corner Blog! This week, in our "Corner Member Close Up," we meet MAAQ (Mohammed Ali AlQahtani) from Saudi Arabia. While the interview below is fairly short (you try doing an interview in another language!), the 20 photographs are fantastic (and it includes his 4th place finish in the 2009 Photograph of the Year contest - Lemon Splash). Always fun to meet the photographers who hang out around the Corner, and this week is no exception.

Name: Mohammed Ali AlQahtani
Username: MAAQ


Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Mohammed Ali AlQahtani, 38 years old. I live in Jeddah - Saudi Arabia and am a Physics teacher in high school.

What does your username mean?

MAAQ = The first letters of my name (Mohammed Ali AlQahtani).

How old were you when you took your first picture with a camera; any camera? Was it any good?

Exactly I don't remember, 1986-1987. I think it was a Kodak camera (spot and shot). But in 1994 I have take my first shot with a Canon film non-dSLR. It was the first shot I love it and feel it was a real change of my photography life. Before that it was just a family shots.

What was it about photography that made you want to become a photographer? Why do you take photographs?

When I learned in physics about the rules of light refraction and how the picture created through lenses on the film surface, it attracted my attention and my desire to learn more about photography, but unfortunately there were not available sources and books to read anything about photography, so the my beginnings for a long time just to take family pictures and memories.

How long has photography been a passion for you? When, where and how did it start?

June 2007 I bought my first dSLR camera: a Nikon D200. Started shooting and learning a lot of photography.

What is your background/training in photography?

Really I did not have any trainings - just reading some books and self learning frome internet sites (The Corner,


What was your very first camera?

Canon (Film camera non-dSLR) in 1994.

What equipment is in your camera bag now?

You are asked to choose one lens from the following group: 14mm wide angle, 50mm prime, 200mm telephoto, 105mm macro. You could only use one of these for the rest of your photographic life. Which would you choose and why?

I will choose the 50mm so it allow me to shot more flexibility more than other lens.

Bonus Questions

You are given a dream assignment to choose one person in the world that you can photograph. Who would you choose? Where would you photograph him/her? Why that person and setting?

If I could choose I will choose Albert Einstein, I love what this man presents to the world.

What are your goals for your photography?

Until now I just keep my photos and happy to share theme online on some forums and online magazine.

What was your most embarrassing moment while taking pictures?

When I forget my tripod, I don't like caring my tripod all times so I have to post the ISO. This is a bad habit.

What was the most dangerous thing (or worst thing) you ever did to get 'The Shot'?

Last summer in my country in the southern of Saudi Arabia the weather was fantastic. One day I was walking and taking some photos from the mountains so I did not feel my self until the edge of the cliff. I was one or two steps from falling.

The Corner

What initially drew you into Corner?

My friend Faisal Almalki (fa1sal). He told me about the Corner then I registered.

What keeps your hanging around the Corner?

Everything there makes me hang around the Corner.

What section of the Corner is your most frequented or favorite?

Tutorials, Photography 101, Critiques & Feedback Corner and the Premiere Corner. Really all the forums are very excellent.

What advice would you give other members of PhotographyCorner?

Don't leave your camera a long time as me. Keep shooting and talking photographs with your camera. Believe me, it will understand what you say and it is a good friend all the time.

If you could meet any member of the Corner, but could ask them only one question, who would you want to meet and what would that question be?

Michelle (chellezfotoz). No question but I would like to thank her for interest of the members and the forum. Same to you, Mr. Tim.


What thing about yourself as an artist do you want to be remembered for?

Creating happiness in the hearts of peoples through my photos.

If you knew it were your last day with your equipment, whether it be by choice or not, what would you photograph?

A self-portrait with my family.

Posted by Tim L. Walker on Fri, 2011–03–04 16:46