Norah Al Jassar is a 23 year old photographer, videographer and illustrator. She studied English Linguistics & Translation at GUST. Since she was a child she had always been interested in art; she was always surrounded by art supplies and her answer to the usual question: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” was… “an artist!” 

Norah had started with sketching and then switched to painting. She had a graffiti phase, but ended up going back to sketching. In the year 2008, she started to pursue her photography skills by enrolling into different introductory courses. Norah got her first professional camera when she graduated from high school and her love for taking pictures escalated. She had participated in The Birwaz Workshop for two years in 2013 and 2014, and the participants had exhibitions to showcase their work at the end of every workshop. Later in 2014 she decided to give videography a try and she’s been loving it ever since. Norah shot her first video on January 1st, 2015, and uploaded it a day later. And finally, she went back to sketching, painting, as well illustrating last year and has been trying to balance between all three passions at the same time.

For Norah, art is a lifestyle. She stated, “Art is everywhere, it’s not something you switch off during your day to day life and switch back on when you have the time for it or feel like it. And for me, being raised around art, it became a part of who I am, as cliché as that sounds, and God knows how much I hate clichés, but that’s true. It affects how I live, how I see things and how I think, it’s not something I do to kill time.” When it comes to photography, Norah likes her pictures symmetrical and sharp. When it comes to videos, she likes timing the clips with the beat of a soundtrack. It’s the technique that differentiates all artists from each other. For her, art is self expression.

What does Norah love? Travelling, mountains, sunrises, sunsets, clouds, the moon, the stars, space, sunflowers, daisies and tea. Let us not forget Van Gogh’s “The Starry Night”!

Words by Rawan Qabazard / Photographed by Najd AlTaher