Posts Tagged ‘Photography’

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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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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‘every morn and eve’ is a photoblog founded by an old friend of mine from my university days at Queen Mary, University of London (2000-2003).

Now in New York, Amy Sahba is a journalist for CNN and founded this blog with her friend Leila.

Not only am I drawing your attention to it because it is a great idea, with beautiful photos by two very talented photographers……I’m also doing so because for the last few weeks she has asked a few of her friends’ to be ‘guest photographers.’

This week I am the guest photographer.
Day 7-morn

Here is the project in her own words:

every morn and eve is a collaborative project between friends and fellow bloggers amy and leila.

We are both members of the Bahá’í Faith—a world religion that has as its fundamental purpose the unification of all the peoples of the world. You can learn more about the Bahá’í Faith here.

As Bahá’ís we are enjoined to pray and meditate every morning and evening.

Recite ye the verses of God every morn and eventide…

Pride not yourselves on much reading of the verses or on a multitude of pious acts by night and day; for were a man to read a single verse with joy and radiance it would be better for him than to read with lassitude all the Holy Books of God, the Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting.

Read ye the sacred verses in such measure that ye be not overcome by languor and despondency. Lay not upon your souls that which will weary them and weigh them down, but rather what will lighten and uplift them, so that they may soar on the wings of the Divine verses towards the Dawning-place of His manifest signs; this will draw you nearer to God, did ye but comprehend.


Inspired by beautiful collaborative photography projects like 3191 as well as our experience in documenting our fasting dawns and dusks with nineteen days, we decided to share with each other and all of you moments of our meditative mornings and evenings for each day of the year.

Whether before or after breakfast or before or after dinner, twice a day we will be sitting down to pray, reflect, and spend time nourishing our souls.

One of us will include an inspirational passage from the Bahá’í Sacred Writings in our daily postings, which will come from a text that has been the subject of the day’s reflections.

Amy lives in Brooklyn, NY. Her photos are on the left.

Leila lives in Seattle, WA. She is in Sydney, Australia, at the moment, but will return to the Pacific Northwest shortly. Her photos are on the right.

The top row of photos is always mornings; underneath them are our evening photos.

Without much further ado, here is the blog.

My pics are the right column ones, 2nd-8th Feb.

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Copyright Simon Hoegsberg

Copyright Simon Hoegsberg

Faces of New York is a great photoblog  project by photographer Simon Hoegsberg who looks at how one’s spirit is reflected in their face.

About it he says:

Once in a while I see a person on the street who immediately attracts my attention. I’m fascinated by the appearance of the person and feel a strong urge to walk over and say hi.

I spent one month, seven hours a day, walking the streets of New York in search for people who had this effect on me. I found ten, and asked each of them the same question: What do you think about your face?

Check it out for yourself here

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I have been pretty busy the last few days.

I will be writing a more meaningful entry very shortly but thought I’d give a little insight into what i’m up to  this week, aside from dental school in the day:

Monday evening: Studying the World Order of Bahá’u’lláh in a study group facilitated by American film director, Mark Bamford.

The World Order of Bahá’u’lláh is a collection of letters and messages from Shoghi Effendi, the Guardian of the Bahá’í Faith, first published in 1938.

Here is an excerpt:

Leaders of religion, exponents of political theories, governors of human institutions, who at present are witnessing with perplexity and dismay the bankruptcy of their ideas, and the disintegration of their handiwork, would do well to turn their gaze to the Revelation of Bahá’u’lláh, and to meditate upon the World Order which, lying enshrined in His teachings, is slowly and imperceptibly rising amid the welter and chaos of present-day civilization. They need have no doubt or anxiety regarding the nature, the origin or validity of the institutions which the adherents of the Faith are building up throughout the world. For these lie embedded in the teachings themselves, unadulterated and unobscured by unwarrantable inferences, or unauthorized interpretations of His Word.

Tuesday evening: Taking photographs for a launch at the Foreign Policy Centre at the British Government’s Houses of Parliament . This is for the launch of a pamphlet entitled ‘A revolution without rights? Women, Kurds and Baha’is searching for equality in Iran’

Wednesday evening: Watching Waltz with Bashir with some friends in central London.

Waltz with Bashir is an award winning animated documentary of the Israeli-Lebannon war. The trailer can be seen here

Dental School has recently upped the ante in terms of stress, exams and requirements to graduate….

Apart from prayers, I like play my guitar/bass and read poetry to unwind.

Here is a quatrain (Rubaiyat) of poetry by Rumi that I found inspiring and peaceful:

It’s good to leave each day behind,

like flowing water, free of sadness.

Yesterday is gone and its tale told.

Today new seeds are growing.


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