Delve into the extraordinary world of Saboor Akram, a Pakistani digital artist and photographer whose stunningly detailed, AI-generated artwork has captivated audiences on Instagram.
The talented individual, affectionately known as Boorayy on social media, has transformed how we perceive celebrities and superheroes, placing them in everyday Pakistani contexts to brilliant effect.
Born in Quetta and raised in Lahore, Akram discovered his passion for photography during his seventh-grade years. This fascination evolved into a deeper understanding of lighting and composition, which he skillfully manipulated to breathe life into his imaginative ideas. He immersed himself in the realm of films and storyboarding, employing AI tools to fine-tune his understanding of lighting, production, fashion, and art direction.
Early on, Akram harnessed the power of Photoshop to colour grade and manipulate his images, providing a detailed visual representation of his innovative concepts. His artwork stood out for its unparalleled detail, unlike any other AI-generated artwork on social media. From the meticulously curated backgrounds to the carefully designed characters, each component of Akram’s creations contributed to the online sensation they became.
Blending Technology, Art, and Pop Culture
Akram’s journey took an interesting turn when he travelled to Turkey and engaged in a discussion with a seasoned German photographer. This experience led him to reflect on the anxiety within the artist community regarding AI, which evokes memories of the apprehension painters once felt towards photography or the concerns that arose with the introduction of computers, raising fears of replacing manual labour.
Fuelled by his passion for comic books, Akram, undeterred by a serious surgery that mandated complete bedrest, decided to experiment with the AI programme Mid Journey. This exploration involved learning about Photoshop manipulation, colour theory and using tools like Procreate and Adobe Illustrator to infuse his unique style into his artistic ideas.
Akram’s love for superheroes, particularly Spider-Man, is evident in his work. He even ventured into film-making, screening a short film he created at the tender age of 19. However, his dream goes beyond mere fascination. He aspires to create a Pakistani Spider-Man, much like the Indian Spider-Man, to represent Pakistan in foreign franchises and platforms.
His imaginative representations and interpretations of celebrities and movies set in Pakistan have been well-received on social media, underscoring his unique ability to meld art, technology, and popular culture strikingly. His story is a testament to the power of creativity and the limitless potential of modern technological tools in art.