Photos and poetry
The author of 'The Long Way Home' and 'The Lovers And The Leavers' on how she makes words meet images
A few years ago, I was asked what I thought the difference was between photography and poetry. I didn’t know the answer then though I loved the question, and I still think about its manifold implications. What I honour about photography is how you can share a photograph with someone, a child perhaps, or a traveller from the other side of the world, and both of you can delight in it. I grew up in Nigeria, the child of Bangladeshi parents, so I’ve always felt a bit of an outsider. It’s a relief that in photography, it doesn’t matter where you’re from, only where you are and how you see it. The visual lives beyond language.