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In Recognition of Exemplary Membership and an Outstanding Spirit of helpfulness and mentoring within the DeviantArt community.

Introducing MARX77


It is such a sheer and profound honor being part of the DeviantArt Community. The love and encouragement that I've received over the years from fellow members and staff alike is truly humbling.

I cannot thank you all enough for the wonderful support that you've shown this Dubai based Pakistani bloke, and I hope and pray that you'll continue to graciously support me on this artistic/photographic journey with DeviantArt, which for me began in mid 2008, but it really took off in 2011 - the year I was bitten by the shutterbug and I decided to take up photography. I have never looked back since.

Hi, I'm Khuram Lawrence, a Dubai based photographer, and I'm a proud member of the largest Art community in the world. DeviantArt Rocks!

February 2015

Deviousness Award Winner

MARX77 is well known throughout the community for bringing knowledge, color, and energy everywhere he goes. A skillful photographer and careful curator, Khuram has an eye for excellence, both in sharing moments through his own photography and in sharing artists through his feature Journals. His personality is just as sharp as his creative eye — he's a witty and humorous individual who is also considerate and kind. It is with great pleasure that we present MARX77 with the Deviousness Award for February 2015.

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Khuram is well deserving of the honor. He's a terrific fella and takes excellent photos. He has a great sense of humor, and is also very socially aware and often features issues that people should know about and do something to change. We need a couple hundred more like him here. Congratulations to him!

The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively." - Bob Marley. Khuram's an amazing guy, gifted with a rare talent to unite people through his beautiful art and his friendly character. He has a great sense of humor, is a humble leader and dA would be less fun without him. He's one of my dearest friends and I'm proud of it. Congrats, Khuram. Enjoy your award. It's truly yours.

Six years ago, I met a long-haired man from a country far away, that showed us a different way of seeing life in his city. We became friends and continue to be - his name is Khuram. During this six years of friendship he gave the community an amazing view of life through his eyes and lens - a sharp and precise look at street life, both in color and black and white. He writes amazing articles and is super helpful to DA showing so many ways of street photography with texts and images from great photographers all around the world. I am proud to write these few words about him for such a deserved award. Keep us looking at your works my friend. Congratulations!

Khuram is my brother from another mother. Humble, clever, friendly and helpful at any time, with his heart at the right place. His work is always very enjoyable. I understand his slices of life as careful observations. I will not be prising him too much, you better click through his profile and do so yourself... Btw, congrats Khuram! Well deserved, bro!

I honestly don't remember which photo of Khuram's I saw that led to me watching him, but I have never looked back since. His Urban Cats series is my favorite, because he's capturing stories from unlikely sources, and raising awareness at the same time. It helps that he's just an awesome, optimistic person in general, always congratulating people for awards won or sharing important videos or articles in his journal. It's so awesome that he is going to be so acknowledged site-wide.

I am honored to be able to write something about Khuram. Although I have not known him as long as others here, he has been a real motivating force for me on DA, and I know that I am not the only one. His street photos, mostly brightly colored scenes with people and the incredible homeless cats of Dubai, are each so vivid, so filled with life, that they seem to breathe. They draw us into his world, and show it to us through the magic of his eyes and camera, which also reflects hope or humor where none may be apparent at first. He takes the time to respond to every comment made on his photos and seems to make a real connection with almost everyone. He is also incredibly modest, shuns all credit to himself, preferring to point people to other artists. Still, he manages to put together unbelievable features on those people most needy in this world, from the homeless, the hungry, the displaced, to women struggling in other countries, The Book of Life (words of wisdom), and much, much more. Khuram is simply a remarkable human force in this world, both as an artist and a person!

Khuram is a kind person. As much as I value his photography, where he shows his gentle way of looking at the world and humanity with it‘s daily quirks and oddities in a warm-hearted way, as much do I love his presence as a person. He is funny, cheeky, with a really good sense of humour, and most importantly a caring person. He engages in real conversations, shares and promotes other people‘s work, offers support and helps shaping this place into a place worth visiting. Thanks for all the times you made me laugh out loud, Khuram!

MARX77 is a deviant wizard. We've all seen his amazing photos, so I'm not talking about his ability to capture souls with his lens, immortalizing them forever. We've all seen his curations and his eye for color, lighting, people and situations, but I'm not talking about that either. I'm talking about his magical ability to be everywhere on the site at once with messages and faves of support to so many in the community. I'm especially happy to be able to call him friend, just as long as he doesn't turn me into a cat.

Oh Khuram, how do I write about you when we've never met face to face and conversed with over a coffee or pint of ale? Well here goes, Boss. Khuram is very much a family man. Not only does he have his own family, but he also has another family, the human family. This you can see in his work, and also in his dealings with folk here on DA. We came across each other in '07, and have been bantering back & forth ever since, in the groups he runs and with our work. When it comes to his photography, it has soul, be it Street, Street Portraiture or those feral felines of Dubai. The atmosphere & colour in his images brings them to life, you're there with him. Bright blessings to you Boss, and congratulations, you deserve it.

Some are born to be politicians, some are born to be farmers, but some born to be an artist. Khuram is an artist. I can not remember how and when I met him but the atmosphere of his photographs immediately surrounded me. His compositions speak to me because they are simple but the messages are complex. When he captures the people on the streets we can notice that those people has a special kind of soul and it is the same when he photographs the “Street Cats". You can admire them while they are living their daily lives on streets. The warmth of living and adventure of being human can obviously be seen when we visit his gallery. Hope to see more from him.

I can hardly think of any other deviant who merged into the DA-community as completely as Marx77 did. Within his six years of membership he adopted a leading role in moderating and administrating street photography not only by founding or cofounding several groups. His presence is extended to his outstanding work you can easily find in his gallery. It is not hard to spot, that Marx77 made to develop an own handwriting in street photography. His style is engraved by the use of a big aperture, which brings the displayed subject much closer to the audience. Sometimes he crosses the line to portrait photography, but always using the street in the backdrop. He loves to shoot at night, displaying the whole range of possible saturation and showing the vivid vibes of the Arabian street life. It´s the daily life of ordinary people that attracts him. This turns him –at least- for some of us into an ambassador of his culture.  His dedication in supporting others is extraordinary.

Congratulations to MARX77!

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In Recognition of Exemplary Membership and an Outstanding Spirit of helpfulness and mentoring within the DeviantArt community. Join us in celebrating February's recipient of the Deviousness Award.
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ProfTTLowther Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
well done!
neonomnomdragon Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Congratulations! :D
bennk Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015
You deserve this my friend. Congrats.
neiio Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
glazuz Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
CommanderPrussia Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Congrats!!Applaud fella (Reactions) 
Designative Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Professional Artist
DevamEtmek Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015
Congrats w00t! 
Psychothrone Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015
Just saw this now, a well-deserved award, congratulations!! :peace:
motionage Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015
Congratulations, MARX77
lourencomartins17 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Student Interface Designer
Beautiful scene and the shadows were caught perfectly
13-septembre Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015
bravo Khuram, je suis très heureux pour toi :) la reconnaissance de tes pairs, c'est plus que mérité ^^ je suis fier d'avoir accompagné ton périple deviant depuis le début :hug:
SaradTheMonkey Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Well those are some good news!
makepictures Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015
Well deserved.  I expect in your manner you will turn this back towards the community rather than savor it for yourself. Still, I strongly recommend you do both!
Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
I agree with this!!!  MARX77, you need to have yourself a little dance party :dance: You earned it!
MARX77 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015   Photographer
I'm dancing! I'm dancing!!! :dance:
Kaz-D Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Yay! :w00t:
Ger2110 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015
nsboss Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015
Thats way better then my art
SavvyProdigy2612 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015  Student Artisan Crafter
Copper-Stone Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015
Awesome! congratulations!
jemanuputraa Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015
Topas2012 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
KovoWolf Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015  Professional General Artist
Grats !
ClearEchoes Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
 you deserve it congratulation :icongrin--plz:
zydaria Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015
Khuram is so cool! B-)
JACAC Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015
C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S . m y . f r i e n d :clap::clap:
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t h a n k . y o u !
spoems Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015   Writer
Lofthanna Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
congrats : )
lightdrafter Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015
splendid.. :)

Congrats, bro!!
jules-101 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Khuram..where are you? You can't just say "somebody else did it all" this time  :D Face the music, kiddo. I'm going to look for you- I will use the Cat Satelite. They will find you! Undercover megalomaniac ? Huh,  I hadn't noticed that part yet, I must be slipping :o 
Diva Cat Pusheen Emote Ohh cat Cat blob CCCOOOOOOOLLLLLLLOOOORRRSSSS! free cheshire cat icon Grumpy Cat Cat fail jump black cat Kitty emoticon 
Miguel-Santos Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015   Photographer
Well... you're actually supporting an undercover megalomaniac... but I'm not gonna go there now :lol:

Cheers Senhor Khuram Lawrence, aka The Absolute Master Above Masters. :clap:

I've been blessed with wise words and cherished support from this man since I got here. Amazing spirit, talent and inspiration. There aren't enough awards for this bloke, but this is pretty cool. :)

Congrats amigo! :hug:
hosagu Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Khuram, my sincere and great congratulations: you deserve it, throughout your art, vision, and personality.
Am really glad it is recognized over here my friend! :clap:
uchuubranko Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Student General Artist
Congratulations!! :clap: :heart: :love:
Hermetic-Wings Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
:iconmanhugplz: dear Khuram, my friend :D
Brookette Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015   Artisan Crafter
:clap: Congrats!
petrova Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Hobbyist
Congrats :la: :happybounce:
lukiesyaya Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
I love that all these people recognize your heart, your talent, your gentleness, your quick, quick wit and your love for what you do- no matter what you are doing. You always have time to hold up a friend or offer words of support or fun. It's your heart, K. We love you because of your big Dubai based heart. Now get that sand on that chopper and head this way so I can give you a hug! I am so proud of you and for you, my dear friend. I always have been. :heart: 
e-l-a-n-i Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015
Khuram is a kind spirit and such a talented photographer!!
Congratulations, dear friend!! :hug:
bindii Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Congratulation my dear friend Khuram well deserved! :) :hug: :clap:
jules-101 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Congratulations, my friend =D  Clap:happybounce: :happybounce:    Clap  Clap Hug Heart 
So, what time is the party? 
Party Cat Party Hard and Spazzing Joon champagne Glass 1 Cheers with Champagne Emoticon Cheers fella (party) 
MiyuDimon Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Student Writer
cinyu Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congrats!!! :la:
catluvr2 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I haven't heard of him before, and I'm gonna go see what I've been missing.
jules-101 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh no! You love cats- you MUST go at once- straight away to his Urban Cats Series- any of them will do. :D 
SavageFrog Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Raid every corner of that gallery & you will not be disappointed :la:
niklin1 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Congratulations, Khuram! You are a truly amazing photographer!  :-)
Rhyn-Art Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015   General Artist
:clap: congratulations!
Lintu47 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Congrats :heart:
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