My name is Tariq Kenney-Shawa, and I'm currently working as an Intelligence Analyst at a security consulting firm in New York City, where I do research and analysis on conflict zones throughout the Middle East and Africa. In my free time, I've been adjusting to life after college, preparing for grad school, exploring photography, reading and writing, and most importantly, traveling as much as I can. Throughout my whole life, I've never spent more than four years in one place, and while moving around so often came with its fair share of challenges, I've come to realize how lucky I am to have experienced so many different places. I've lived in Palestine, Israel, Jordan, New York City, Yemen, New York City again, and Egypt. I then spent four of some of the happiest years of my life at Rutgers University, and now find myself back in NYC, a place that I have always called home.
Just over a year ago I took up photography as what I thought would be just another temporary hobby, yet little did I expect, it's grown into one of my most fervent passions, as I patiently hone my style and learn bit by bit, day by day. While I'd say it's too early for niches, I've come to love shooting street, travel, and landscape photography, as I find myself constantly enamored by the bustle of the world around me, the sprawling wonders of nature, and the thrill of capturing fleeting moments in space and time. More recently, I've become more and more intrigued by the world of photo-journalism, and more particularly, a fascination with photographing conflict zones. With my passion for politics and international relations, I hope to find a way to make photography not just a hobby, but an integral component to my professional career and the stories I hope to tell.