A hunter stands across a barren field, waiting for his target to line up perfectly against his crosshairs. Beads of sweat form around his forehead as the searing sun pierces the clouds and hit him with a wave of heat. But he does not move. With the relentless desire to capture his target, he does not falter under the hot sun.
With his target closing in from a distance, he raises his weapon and looks through the thin glass. Legs firmly planted, arms steady, and holding his breath, he shoots.
But this is no ordinary weapon. It is a Nikon D800 with a telephoto lens.
The hunter is Sher Iqbal Texeira.
We see him every day. We know who he is and what he does. He’s the human embodiment of the media lab. He’s the photographer, sound technician, video editor, multimedia mentor, but most of all, he is our friend.
But do we really know Iqbal?
Iqbal has lived most of his 32 years in Singapore. Growing up in this multicultural country has helped him to grasp an understanding of different cultures and traditions. From the loud bustling streets of Chinatown to the vibrant aromas of Little India, Singapore provided creative grounds for his upbringing
Iqbal was born in a conservative Muslim family. As he grew up, his freedom was restricted and all he wanted to do was escape. Making a statement at the age of 16, he got tattoos and ear gauges, which were clearly against his religion. His passion for skateboarding helped him run away from his problems and express himself as a teenager.
When he was 18, he started a band called Summer’s Over, which was successful in Singapore and toured around Australia. This trip exposed him to the world outside of the bubble of Singapore and made him want to explore more of the world.
In 2010, he graduated from the Middlesex University in London with a media specialist degree. Out of all the students in Singapore, the Media Development Authority selected him to go on a fully-funded postgraduate course at MIT for video game design based on psychological studies in recursive learning. Project Afterland was his first endeavor in the realm of video game design.
Although he was a novice, he was tasked with creating the entire musical score for the video game. Soon after, he was offered many jobs to work as the sound engineer on several different film projects such as the short film, Betrayal, directed by Ken Ishizuka. Iqbal recalls, “The film was a great experience because it helped me understand cinematography.”
Today, Iqbal is a professional photographer and the director of photography for the film company, Creative Alternative. Over the years he has created his own unique techniques and garnered a large fan base.
As the IT expert for the media lab, Iqbal guides students and helps them to maximize storytelling through media.
When he’s not in school, he works at the Butter Factory, controlling the visual lighting equipment. But his real passion is clear. Iqbal wants to explore the world through a glass lens. But more importantly, he wants to pass down his love for this art form to his students and his friends.