Naseer Behbehani

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About Naseer Behbehani

Naseer was passionate about art from a young age. He was a caricature artist for a long period of his life. Win mani prizes in that field, and worked for a newspaper as a caricature artist for 2 years. 2006 he discovered his interest in photography. Since then, Naseer didn’t stop developing himself. He win many awards in photography, nationally and internationally. He sees photography as a way to discover humanity, the reason he specialized in portrait photography. As art is all about emotions according to Naseer, he thinks that art should unite us, since it speaks the language that makes us humans.

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Interview with Naseer Behbehani

Could you please tell us more about your art and design background? What made you become an artist/designer? Have you always wanted to be a designer?
My first dream was to become character designer for animations. As I used to draw from a young age and was fascinated about anime and video games characters design. I worked as a caricature artist in a local newspaper for a while, But with time and experiencing different art forms, I moved to graphic design then to photography.
Can you tell us more about your company / design studio?
I am a free lancer photographer. As a portraiture, my focus is set on human, emotions and memories. Which I aim to deliver to my clients.
What is "design" for you?
Design as a form of art is a language of emotions. A good design is one that moves your emotions.
What kinds of works do you like designing most?
I like to take two kind of photography, Editorial and concept photography. Editorial photographs let me get in touch with the subject and take photos that speaks the truth, in a way, about the person. As for the concept photography, turning an idea into an object that others can see and feel fascinates me.
What is your most favorite design, could you please tell more about it?
“Mother Earth” is the most favorite photograph I take. It shows planet earth as a sick woman as a result of pollution.
What was the first thing you designed for a company?
It was a yearbook for a high school. I remember that the agency took most of the paycheck to buy equipments and gave me the rest. It was my first lesson.
When do you feel the most creative?
When I’m happy, calm and relaxed. And mostly when I’m not trying to be creative. In other words, when I’m not trying to lead my thoughts, just let them flow.
Which aspects of a design do you focus more during designing?
Researching is the most important part of my work flow. It helps a lot in the thoughts flowing part.
What kind of emotions do you feel when you design?
During the designing process I’m like a robot actually, I’m just focused. I don’t know if that is a good or a bad thing, that is just the way it is. Emotions take place at early stage of my photography process.
What kind of emotions do you feel when your designs are realized?
Pride. It is like having new baby. I download it on my phone and keep watching it all day.
What makes a design successful?
If it does its purpose, looks good and touches the user emotionally.
When judging a design as good or bad, which aspects do you consider first?
The purpose. Does the design serve it? If it does not serve the reason of its existence it is definitely a bad design.
From your point of view, what are the responsibilities of a designer for society and environment?
Design is a form of speech. Designer responsibility is to choose what to say and how to say it.
When was your last exhibition and where was it? And when do you want to hold your next exhibition?
It was in Venice, Italy on Sep 2019. My next exhibition was supposed to be in Dubai this April. unfortunately it was canceled due to Corona virus Status. So it will be held in Kuwait instead, but no dates are set yet.
Where does the design inspiration for your works come from? How do you feed your creativity? What are your sources of inspirations?
From everything around me. A movie, Tv interview or anything I hear or see. Then I relax or take a shower it just clicks and new idea is born.
How would you describe your design style? What made you explore more this style and what are the main characteristics of your style? What's your approach to design?
It is moody, Painterly and tend to be emotional sometimes. I like this style because it is calm and romantic. And I’m trying to have a combination between Avedon, Platon and Annie Leibovitz styles. And Rembrandt is my choice of light.
Where do you live? Do you feel the cultural heritage of your country affects your designs? What are the pros and cons during designing as a result of living in your country?
I live in Kuwait. Actually I was more moved by the western culture through the TV shows and movies rather than Arabian culture. That was the only form of art I was exposed to and effected by. As for the pros of living in Kuwait, I think it gave me a financial advantage since it is a rich country. But the down side is that there are not much talented craftsman if a designer need outsourcing.
How do you work with companies?
Contract contract contract. Can’t say it enough. I learned many lessons for not signing a contract with the clients. Although having a contract doesn’t mean you can’t be flexible.
What are your suggestions to companies for working with a designer? How can companies select a good designer?
Don’t search for the name, search for the style . A common mistake clients do is selecting a designer, wither because of the name or price or even they like his/her work. And ending up by asking the designer to copy other designers style. It just won't work.
Can you talk a little about your design process?
It starts with a concept. I think of the concept for some time before I decide to start working on it. Once I decide to work and my feeling is strong about it, I start the researching, using google and Pinterest, I collect photos that shows the style I want to convey. Then I do sketches to show the color scheme, the pose of the model and the final photograph I want to produce. Now I’m ready to start shooting. Then I edit the photos in Lightroom before I do the final touches in Photoshop.
What are 5 of your favorite design items at home?
1- Camera (Of corse) 2- 50 mm Lens 3- Profoto flash with softbox 4- Adobe Lightroom 5- Adobe Photoshop That is all I need!
Can you describe a day in your life?
I wake up at 5.45 am, drop the kids to school on my way to work. In the car I usually listen to talkshows or youtubers, I pick those who exchange thoughts as a source of inspiration. I finish work at 2.30 pm. I eat and take a nap at home then I check thing off my list, home or photography related. At night I have a family diner and go to sleep. That is how usually I spend my day.
Could you please share some pearls of wisdom for young designers? What are your suggestions to young, up and coming designers?
Train your eyes by looking at good designs, keep learning and practice. You can have a lot of information from lectures, but practicing is what really boosts the learning curve.
From your perspective, what would you say are some positives and negatives of being a designer?
Being a designer force you to ask big questions in order to make a meaningful design, and that reflects on the designer’s way of thinking in general. It helps you live meaningful life. The negative side is that designers are exposed to rejection all the time. When designers show their works to the public, acceptance is not guaranteed.
What skills are most important for a designer?
Observation. You have two ears, two eyes and one mouth, so you can look and listen more than you talk. Designers gets inspiration by observing their surroundings.
Which tools do you use during design? What is inside your toolbox? Such as software, application, hardware, books, sources of inspiration etc.?
Canon 5d ii. Lenses: 50mm/1.4, 16-35mm/2.8, 85mm/1.2, Profoto flashes Mac Pro Wacom tablet Adobe Lightroom Adobe Photoshop
Designing can sometimes be a really time consuming task, how do you manage your time?
I manage my time week by week. At the beginning of every week I set the tasks
How long does it take to design an object from beginning to end?
A after I finish the research and decide how the final photograph would be, the production doesn’t take much time. 6 to 7 hours shooting and retouching.
What type of design work do you enjoy the most and why?
Editorial portrait photography. People tend to open up when photographed in a strange way, that they don't in other ways. It is like taking a journey into different world every time I photograph some one.

Extended Interview with Naseer Behbehani

Could you please tell us a bit about your design background and education?
My first dream was to become character designer for animations. As I used to draw from a young age and was fascinated about anime and video games characters design. I worked as a caricature artist in a local newspaper for a while, But with time and experiencing different art forms, I moved to graphic design then to photography.
What motivates you to design in general, why did you become a designer?
It was not something I choose on purpose. It just happened. All kinds draw and paint, but once they grow up most of them stop drawing, I was of those who chose not. One thing led to another and I became a photographer. And naw, whenever I see a good photograph it motivates me to become a better photographer. So what really motivates me is a good executed photograph.
What do you design, what type of designs do you wish to design more of?
I photograph people. Editorial, commercial and family portraits. And once I tried travel photography in Venice. Which was a rich experience for me as a photographer and a person. It made me look at people in a different way. So I want to take more photos about people and their lives.
What should young designers do to become a design legend like you?
Other than Learning, practicing and accept criticism, one must evolve as human being to evolve as a designer. Shallow designers will only produce shallow designs.
What distinguishes between a good designer and a great designer?
I think booth good and great designers can produce equally good looking designs. Yet what really distinguish between them is the thought behind the design. Great designer can produce more meaningful designs.
What makes a good design a really good design, how do you evaluate good design?
Good design starts with a meaningful idea, and ends with a good understanding of design rules. Combine these two together and you will have a really good design.
What is the value of good design? Why should everyone invest in good design?
Good designs grabs attention. And attention is what you need to spread idea. That is why it is important for education, business, communication between different cultures .. etc. Every idea can benefit from a good design.
What would you design and who would you design for if you had the time?
I would choose a village, not yet corrupted by civilization. Take portraits of their elders and print the photos for them.
What is the dream project you haven’t yet had time to realize?
My dream project is to take portrait of people around the world, mostly villagers. Collect their stories and put them in a book.
What is your secret recipe of success in design, what is your secret ingredient?
Design from your heart. Even if you are designing for a client, find that connection between your heart and the design and let that connection lead you.
What are your favorite designs by other designers, why do you like them?
My favorite is Annie Leibovitz style for the painterly quality she delivers in her photographs and how romantic they are.
What is your greatest design, which aspects of that design makes you think it is great?
I think my greatest photograph is “Mother Earth”. Because of the emotion it delivers.
How could people improve themselves to be better designers, what did you do?
Think a lot and question every thing. The more questions you ask, the more deep your thoughts will bee. And that will reflect on your designs.
Who helped you to reach these heights, who was your biggest supporter?
My mother. She bought me my first computer, and that really helped me evolve.
What helped you to become a great designer?
I Photograph for myself not for someone else. Design for yourself, love what you do and that will show in your work.
How do you think designers should present their work?
I like to print my photographs in large sizes, which I should do more often. I think physical presentation of the design is important. While the digital era is helping designers to reach large number of audience, a physical presentation in exhibitions is how a design should be presented.
What’s your next design project, what should we expect from you in future?
I was working on a project highlighting the past of my country Kuwait, specifically “pearl fishing” practice. It was postponed for the lockdown. Hopefully I will continue working on it once things back to normal.
What’s your ultimate goal as a designer?
I want to be known for my work of art, and to leave some things to be remembered off when I'm long gone.
What people expect from an esteemed designer such as yourself?
People expect from designers to be honest and to produce genuine art work. And that is what I’m trying to give to my audience.
How does design help create a better society?
A good design grabs attention, and that is what you need to spread ideas. The more good ideas spread in society the better it will be.
Which design projects gave you the most satisfaction, why?
A travel photography I did in Venice, Italy. It is the first and only travel photography I do. I wondered in the city trying to absorb every emotion I can get out of it. The processes and the results ware so satisfying to me.
How long does it take you to finalize a design project?
It depends on the elements I need for the photograph. Some could take months of searching to find them and some are around the corner. Once I find all the elements, the photoshoot and retouching take no more than two or three days.
When you have a new design project, where do you start?
First thing I do, is to put myself in the mood of photography. To get in that mood, I look at other photographers work that I admire. It gives me that extra push I need to work harder.
Do you think design sets the trends or trends set the designs?
I think people set trends and designs. And both trends and designs influence each other. They have a parallel relationship.
What is the role of technology when you design?
Technology is everything in my workflow. I am a digital artist after all.
What kind of design software and equipment do you use in your work?
Adobe Lightroom Adobe Photoshop Canon 5d ii Profoto lights Wacom tablet
What is the role of the color, materials and ambient in design?
I try to use color theories in my photographs as much as possible. And I like to embrace texture in my work.
When you see a new great design or product what comes into your mind?
I want to grab my camera and take some good photographs of my own. I’m super motivated.
Who is your ideal design partner? Do you believe in co-design?
I think it is interesting. But it is importer to find the right partner that suits your style and equally passionate about the project.
Which people you interacted had the most influence on your design?
I can’t be specific in that matter. Every conversation I hear or be part of, influence my thoughts which influence my photography.
How did you develop your skills as a master designer?
I look at masters work and try to learn from them. And by learning I don’t mean the technical stuff only, I watch their interviews and try to learn their way of thinking, the thought behind their work. The idea is what makes the art works. The technical stuff is just a tool.
Irrelative of time and space, who you would want to meet, talk and discuss with?
Prophet Muhammad. Who would have the deepest thoughts than the man who meet God?
What is your favorite color, place, food, season, thing and brand?
Orange, Europe, Fish, Winter, Electronics (Speakers to be specific), Bose.
Please tell us a little memoir, a funny thing you had experienced as a designer?
It was in Austria when I was a beginner photographer. I was walking between the fields in the country side, I saw a family of farmers, man and wife with their kids riding their tractor. I wasn't speaking their language and they didn't speak English, So I gestured with my camera, trying to ask if I can enter the field to take some photo. Back then I wasn't interesting in photographing people, I considered myself as landscape photographer. Anyway, they nodded OK and I moved on searching for a good spot to take some photos.
What makes your day great as a designer, how do you motivate yourself?
A good photoshoot Makes a good day. It is like having a new baby added to the family. Looking at other photographers work always motivates me. It never failed me.
When you were a little child, was it obvious that you would become a great designer?
I was drawing well from a young age. So all my family new I was going to be an artist.
What do you think about future; what do you see will happen in thousand years from now?
I think people will learn to coexist with nature and use technology that is not harmful to it.

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