tushikur rahman – fatalistic tendency

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EPF 2011 Finalist

Tushikur Rahman

Fatalistic Tendency

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There is a place in which your privacy, intimacy, integrity and inviolability are guaranteed. Your own body and mind, that unique temple and a familiar territory of sense and personal history.

Anxiety and stress can cause sleep deprivation, warping space and time, ultimately leading to fatalistic tendencies.

If one wishes to commit suicide, one gradually loses his mental resilience and sense of freedom… Feeling alien and objectified – unable to communicate, relate, attach or empathize with others… Floating in dreams and eventually fleeting in the sky… The taste of suicide: the true sensation, the extreme fantasy.

I could never write a diary; thinking about the things which should be written in a personal diary was the most difficult part for me. Making this photo story was like writing a personal diary about my past, and feeling the same kind of difficulty. Thinking about those times is still hard for me.

This work has been published before in Viewbook Photostory 2010-Yearbook and WPO (World Photography Oranization) 2011, Student Focus Award.


Tushikur Rahman, born in Bangladesh in 1987 is a documentary photographer who prefers to work with social issues both urban and rural. In 2009, Tushik enrolled in Pathshala South Asian Media Academy for BA in Photography. He participated in various international workshops conducted by renowned teachers and practitioners including Stuart Freedman, Jorge Villacorta, Shannon Lee Castleman, Abir Abdullah and Munem Wasif. He is also devoted in travelling and capturing thrilling subjects including the lives of Tiger widows and a full sequence of a tiger being slaughtered by hundreds of people in Shatkhira, Bangladesh. In 2010, he finished his latest project, Fatalistic tendency, a deep subject concerned with depression that results in violence. In 2010, he received 3rd prize of Jury award in conceptual category of prestigious Viewbook Photostory, Slected as a finalist for the WPO-World Photography Organization Student focus award 2011.

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58 Responses to “tushikur rahman – fatalistic tendency”

  • David

    It is always my habit to read the statement before viewing the photographs. However,partially because of a you made a response to someone recently, to the effect that you judge the essays on the merit of the pictures, I decided not to read the statement before viewing. Viewed on it’s own, without the context of the statement, my reaction was that it seemed melodramatic and a bit humorous.

    I beleive absolutely in photography and art as personal therapy. It is what I practice every day as I try to underscore the beauty and joy of my life. My life through rose-coloured glasses. It’s what keeps me from descending into the dark pit. These are personal photographs, with personal references, not intended to speak to anyone but myself.

    As with Bees, I’m sure the making these photographs was a healing experience for the makers. If these essays are to be judged from that perspective, OK.

  • Many people seem to be struggling with the concept of an essay about suicide and that is how it should be, in my opinion: it should leave us uneasy and questioning but hopefully non-judgmental. I have looked at the essay several times and have found more at each viewing. The style is not aggressive or confrontational – just the opposite – and that what gives it power. Congratulations Tushikur, hope this leads to better, brighter times.


  • Catharsis or not, the fact still remains this essay was submitted in hopes of winning
    a cash prize and I think the comments, by and large, reflect the photographic success/failure
    of the submission with reasons stated.

  • Pardon to insist but I would like to know if the photos were staged or not. If I know that, for example, the photo 14 was a friend or a paid model to hang and show me the demons of the author is not the same if this photo is a document of a fact, that have a story behind that maybe can be revealing in some aspects to me. Is only a request as part of the audience. Is the photographer showing me a tale or is reporting something? I’m not doing any appreciation of values, just I think is not the same.

  • kateelizabethfowler

    Greetings and congratulations to Tusikur on this great achievement!

    I comment very seldom and have never responded with a negatively toned critique. I’m usually only moved to speak by extreme emotion.. but in this case, I feel motivated to speak by my lack of emotion. I read your Artist’s Statement before I viewed the work- as I always do, because I give equal credence to both parts of a piece of work (after all, doesn’t the ‘thinking’ come first?)

    The statement was vague, yet it compels me. Viewing your photography, I did not get a sense of that same vagueness, or discreteness.. the images seem almost childish in their reproduction of mental states and suicidal tendencies. Childishness is not necessarily a negative word to use when describing some artist’s works, but in this case.. it seemed too stated, unemotional and overworked. I’m not sure that I got the feeling of an individual experience (which I know that it was for you). What I did get was the feeling of a representation of an experience that has been depicted over and over again.

    Are these personal? What are you hiding beneath the post processing? The (what I believe is..) HDR editing is distracting. Sometimes beautiful things lie behind the darkness, but in this case the darkness is a necessary element. Let it be. I would have liked to see the images and feelings stand on their own, without the barbies, fake blood and artifice.

    Maybe I’m a traditionalist.. or I need to feel like I’m inferring something to feel intelligent. ..but I just feel like the things left unsaid speak louder than those stated clearly.

    I appreciate that this was a challenge for you, and that you’re pushing yourself to explore uncomfortable territories.

    Once again, a very sincere congratulations to you.



    i would agree….


    i was totally surprised that you were the only one who noticed a possible humor here, most particularly #3…i thought that too,but then thought, no not possible an intended dark humor…still do not know what to make of it…

  • Tushikur, this is a subject close to my heart, having lost my father to suicide and for the past 2 years documenting the stories of those who are left behind when somebody they love ends their own life.

    Images 1, 5, 8 and 11 are beautiful to me; in them I feel the utter isolation of somebody with suicidal ideology.

    The more obvious images disturb me, primarily because imagery which glamorizes suicide can spark contagion and the thought of that saddens me. Nonetheless, it is your role to express your personal story in your way and you have certainly done that here.

    Anything that brings awareness and discussion to the issue of mental health and suicide and the stigma that surrounds them is positive and I hope the process of creating this series has been healing to you.

    Congratulations on being an EPF finalist with this work.

  • DAmn , i cant figure out? its one of these things that looks like those things that looks like these things…i mean that alone is as successful it could be…but still though..theres something from those things that remind me these things again!
    I think its simple!
    big hug

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