…his more recent work, Sleep Driver, focuses on a parallel world of a different variety… 

In that same atmospheric monochrome, Mahmud’s more contemporary work is a romantic, somnambulist depiction of Bangladeshi culture. It starts with young couples in love, drinking and smoking together, kissing and embracing in a half caught blur, looking out over a sunset. The series moves to strange shots of abandoned buildings, birds gathering in the gloaming, then esoteric, moments of danger, the orbital light of a train, the picture taken low, Esher-like staircases, silhouettes of men in the drench of harsh urban lights, then close, distorted street portraits, in turns vulnerable and threatening…

“Photography gives me the excuse to access someone else’s life, beyond any class and gender,” he says “to understand life, I borrow someone else’s face to tell my story, fantasy and sufferings.”

More about the issue: http://www.bjp-online.com/2015/01/ones-to-watch-annual-survey-talent-british-journal-photography/