Faizan Ahmad is a visual storyteller who published his first book, Lahore by Metro on a crowdfunding site, Kickstarter this month. “Lahore by Metro is a book that captures the emotion and stories of a common Pakistani, in powerful portraits and moving stories,” said Ahmad in a tweet.
‘Back in 2013, I moved to Lahore, the second-largest city in Pakistan. I grew up in a small town so this was my first time living in a city as big as Lahore. Naturally, observing people became an obsession along with other thrills of metropolitan life. I used the Metro Bus for my daily commute and soon found myself talking to fellow passengers. These conversations resulted in the discovery of deeply moving stories and also started taking pictures with my mobile camera.’
The absence of human touch and connection during this pandemic has left an emptiness inside all our hearts, however, Lahore by Metro serves to be a bittersweet journey full of stories of common Pakistanis. “In the socially distant present of the Covid-19 pandemic, Lahore by Metro takes on a new meaning. We are now constantly searching for new inlets into revisiting public spaces. The book allows its readers to become privy to the life of a bustling city and its intimate conversations, which may only be accessed through a short bus ride.”
“These stories might not be worthy of prime time television but they are equally meaningful. They serve as a beautiful reminder that we as a people face similar challenges and foster similar dreams. We labour to construct a life in the city in a fashion that remains fundamentally tethered. “