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Sunset over the Humber, originally uploaded by Ronnie19.

I took this image at sunset, on Friday, 5th March, just before breaking my Baha’i Fast.

It was a glorious sunset on the river Humber, Yorkshire. View it large on black here to get the full detail and colouring!


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I’ve been a naughty blogger. I’ve carried out that one sin which every blogger is guilty of at least once in their digital life…..i haven’t updated my blog.


One reason is that while succesfully purging myself from Facebook I have been basking in liberation from its clutches and enjoying fresh, digital freedom from it.

Now that i’ve temporarily relocated to the city of Hull, in East Yorkshire I’m ready to make a come back.

This time, however, the renaissance will be in a more focused and controlled way, primarily through photography, blogging and the odd Tweet.

The Facebook days of soaking up gossip via the newsfeed page to unconscious time wasting on friend’s photo albums is OVER. I have reclaimed future time that may have been lost to nothingness, whilst at the same, abating a hunger and desire for gossip that is always tempting.

Hessle‘ (where I live) is a quiet suburb, just outside the city of Hull (where I work). A far cry from the megalopolis of London.

You may be wondering why i’ve ended up here. Me, Ronnie, the city boy, the Londoner, someone who has lived in London for over 25 years continuously!

Well, I can tell you one thing, the culture shock wasn’t as great as I thought it would be. People are definitely friendlier and the weather is definitely colder.

On the bright side, it’s sunnier! (pun intended). I think it has something to do with geography and location of the place.

The reason i’m here is that i’m working here as a dentist, fresh out of dental school. More on that later.

Right now, however, I just want to announce the return of the ultimate Baha’i collaborative photoblog…yes, NYLON PARLA is BACK, with a new ‘cast’ of photographers.

Slight changes are abound. A new ‘theme’ is announced every Baha’i month (19 days) and a caption is due which ties it into the name of the Baha’i month.

This month, the theme was ‘Texture’ and the caption was related to this Baha’i month’s name, which is; Knowledge.

A picture says a thousand words, so without further ado, here is the site:


Bookmark it!

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My exams are lingering on, hence my lack of entries here…however, here is something I wrote for another blog I used to author called ‘Seven Candles.’ I thought i’d import it here so its not lost in the digital annals of time….

I love photography

I love the sound of the shutter on a digital SLR.

I love the portability of a digital Compact.

I love [mostly] the spontaneousness of a disposable camera.

I love lamp.

Recently [when this was originally written, Jan’08], I came back from my first 9 day pilgrimage to Haifa where I decided not to take a SLR. This was to be my journey of the spirit and thus I felt photography wasn’t high on the agenda, especially since i’d previously already taken my SLR to Haifa the year before.

I did, however, pack a my smaller and more compact digital camera, consqeuently taking more meaninful pictures than my last trip to Israel; a sharp reminder that it’s what you do with it, that counts.

Nonetheless, whilst the choice of camera changes over years, the joy of photography remains quite steady.

Each camera is a different vehicle for a different journey. Some the equivalent of a Mini Cooper, others, an SUV…. as long as they get us from A-Z in comfort and are fun to drive, its all good…(n.b. I don’t condone SUV usage)

ICE is not important. Unless your lens’ collection is your ice.

Our creativity is limited only by our mind, eye and trigger finger.

Now before I digress further……..I returned home 9 days later and embarked on a mandatory Photoshop post-production misson… eventually coming to a common dilemna (for me anyway)…whether or not a portrait looked better desaturated to B&W or in its original colour.

Call me a geek, but i enjoyed this. In fact, this dilemna has surely affected many a photographer at some point…. ever since the choice of both colour and b&w film existed, for at least the last 50 years right?

Actually, its closer to 148 years.

The first permanent colour photograph was taken in 1861 by a Scotsman called James Clerk Maxwell.

To put this into context, 1861 was 2 years before Baha’u’llah made His Declaration in the Garden of Ridvan. It was the first year of the American Civil War and it was 10 years before the first incandescent light bulb was invented.

So what did the first colour photograph look like?

Mr.Maxwell took a photo of a ‘tartan ribbon’, and the photo (1861) is on the right:

Now, whilst this extremely early attempt of colour photo looks it was colourised by a hippie tripping on LSD, this photo was not altered after it was taken.

Later on, new methods were tried whilst old methods were improved;

The photo above was taken in 1877 by Duhauron in France.

However, about a 100 years ago, a Russian gentleman named Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky, truly made colour photography come alive.

Between 1909 to 1915 he decided to document the Russian Empire. The Russia then was a land of much ethnic diversity and home to more than 150 million people–of which only about half were ethnic Russians. Here is a selection of some of his photos….. .they are all original colour photographs. No colour added, no ye olde photoshoppe.

The Emir of Bukhara-taken in 1911

Prisoners in a zindan– taken in 1910

Russian peasant girls- taken in 1909

Jewish Children and teacher-1911

Portrait of Dagestani couple- c.1910

After seeing his photos, we can really appreciate how colour not only makes the photograph more real but rather more relevant and interesting. The people featured become breathing human beings that aren’t so different from us today (apart from silly fancy dress costumes). In fact it becomes surreal because our sight and mind are used to associating 50 year old photos with sepia and black and white but now we have to tell ourselves that these colour images are almost a 100 years old….

Viewing Sergey’s photos is like going for a ride in the DeLorian and arriving back in Russia in 1909……its as vivid as photography today….thats partly down to technology… but more so down to Sergey’s talent as a photographer.

You can view many more of his photos here.

Thus next time you have the choice of permanently removing colour from a photograph, think twice about a time when the choice wasn’t taken for granted and colour photographs were more precious than the fossil record.

They give us those nice bright colors
They give us the greens of summers
Makes you think all the world’s a sunny day, Oh yeah
I got a Nikon camera
I love to take a photograph
So mama don’t take my Kodachrome away

‘Kodachrome’ sung by Paul Simon

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I conducted my first fashion photoshoot at the weekend for my friend Sahar’s hat business; ‘Uglylovely.

Another friend, Doroty, modelled, whilst Sahar’s friend and make up artist, Amber, did some of the make up.

It was learning for me, learning how to use Nikon’s wireless flash system creatively, as well as flash under daylight.

Twas great fun for all, and I explored the surrounds of Loughton, Essex, where the shoot took place. In particular, ‘Epping Forest.’

Here are a couple of the shots:

Clowning around

Old School

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Nylon Parla is back, this week’s theme is ‘Streetlife’

We have entries from New York, London, Paris, Boston and Chicago…..

Check it out here.

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Nineteen days, much like the last initiative I was involved in, ‘morn and eve,’ is a photoblog collaboration.

Taken by Amy Sahba

However….the difference with nineteen days is that it is one specifically for the nineteen day long Baha’i Fast.

Starting on the 2nd of March and ending on the 20th March, ‘nineteen days’ will feature 3 photographers (and 3 photos) everyday. Two photographers will always be the same. Amy Sahba and Leila, whilst everyday will feature one new ‘guest’ photographer.

I am one of these ‘guest’ photographers, and my slot is on Wednesday the 4th of March.

Check it out here

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After a long hiatus, Nylon Parla is back.

The photoblog collaboration features Baha’i photographers from four different world class cities, submitting their interpretation of a weekly theme. We like to think this is an artistic example of ‘unity in diversity.’

This week’s theme is ‘culture’.

Kick starting Nylon Parla back into action are photographs from myself (London), Amy (New York), Sholeh (Chicago) and Thierry (Paris)

Check it out here

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