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Samra Habib's 'Just Me and Allah' Photographic Project Captures Canadians

By: Alyson Wyers - Published: • References: queermuslimproject.tumblr and vice
In Just Me and Allah, fashion photographer Samra Habib takes portraits of queer muslim Canadians. The project originally began on tumblr, but has since grown into a multi-gallery art exhibit showing for World Pride in Toronto this month. The stylish shots are a combination of street style and more direct shoots.

Habib was inspired by Toronto's flourishing queer jewish community, and grew curious about muslims. More playful than somber, Just Me and Allah tells stories and results in "a meaningful dialogue around Islam, sexuality and gender issues," as Habib told Vice Canada. The photography is also intended to change perceptions of queer muslims, as they are typically portrayed as struggling in popular culture and documentary film. The subjects range in their faith from being more secular to praying five times daily.