Life is a colored chessboard by Muhammad Al Masri

Muhammad Al Masri / Photo by Abdulrhman Fawaz
“I don’t fancy colors of the face, I’m always attracted to colors of the brain.” ― Michael Bassey Johnson

“We can make art out of everything around us only if we look from a different perspective.” That is the belief of Muhammad Al Masri, a photographer and an amateur chess player in Jordan. 

From his perspective, artistic photography requires creativity and imagination, similar to playing chess. Inspired by his passion for chess, he constantly looks for lines, squares, patterns, shapes, and similarities, using his imagination to make art out of the surroundings.

Impressed by the harmony of colors and shapes with each other, he always tries to search and make this kind of beautiful harmony. This is presented in the Colorful Doors series with four abstract images, all inspired by the interiors between the city of Amman, Dubai and Abu Dhabi.


Muhammad Al Masri was born in 1996 in Zarqa and is a graduate in Film and Television in Amman, Jordan. He started taking photos using iPhone 4. After seeing his photos, his elder brother believed in his talent and gave him a Canon 1000D, encouraging him to live his passion.

He started taking photos of landscapes and cityscapes, but rarely abstract photos. However, in October 2019, he entered the world of abstract and architecture photography with his body and soul and decided to lead his future career in this field.


“The beauty and mystery of this world only emerges through affection, attention, interest and compassion . . . open your eyes wide and actually see this world by attending to its colors, details and irony.” ― Orhan Pamuk
People observe the colors of a day only at its beginnings and its ends, but to me it’s quite clear that a day merges through a multitude of shades and intonations, with each passing moment. A single hour can consist of thousands of different colors. Waxy yellows, cloud-spat blues. Murky darknesses. In my line of work, I make it a point to notice them. ” ― Markus Zusak


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