Mahmoud Yakut is an Egyptian photographer originating from Alexandria city, his work focuses mainly on documentary and environmental photography.
I am not a professional photographer nor have I studied photography or art. I am a clinical radiologist. I have always had artistic inclinations, and later in my life my interest for photography started. Since then I discovered photography as a way to paint my visions of life, and to freeze a moment in time for eternity, a special moment where random elements of life detach themselves from the messy reality and come together in a defined space to form a glance of harmony. I see my role as a photographer is to be vigilant of these moments, to try to isolate these fragments of poetry when they come together.
I was born and raised in Alexandria, Egypt. Since my early childhood I had the tendency to isolate myself from my surroundings and live in my own world. My best moments as far as I can remember were when I gazed at the night sky, thinking of how is the world is like there on the other side of these stars and trying to imagine the vast distance between us and these worlds, or when I sat on that little rocky hill of that island on the Mediterranean coast, looking at the horizon then closing my eyes and feel the wind blasting my face and listening to the roaring sea under me.
I prefer to look at the world through the viewfinder of my camera, which is, in a way, what I have been doing all my life, watching the world around me. Photography is my way to create my own world, the world that I always dreamed about.
Mahmoud Yakut © 2013