I have been exploring documentary photography for quite a while now and have finally implemented what I've been learning. The Netty Jetty Mandir is the first of my experience in covering a social issue and using photography to document it. A story involving the plight of a community against corporate greed, this effort is an attempt to document the life and history behind the temple and the life that surrounds it.
The photostory can be accessed by clicking on the first picture below on the left. Below each picture are descriptions about each picture. Constructive comments and feedback will be highly appreciated, it will help me in my next project. :)
Have you ever felt the need to take on a role. to be a game changer, to put on a pair of shoes even though you know in the deepest realms of your heart that once you wear them you cannot take them off, once you wear them you will have to face whatever the world throws at you, that once you wear them your life will change completely. But there's always the off hand chance that once you wear the the shoes, the destined path will lead you to the other side, the path will whisper songs of courage and bravery, the path will show you beauty in mundane lives, the path will guide you to the Source, the place where the Self and The One will converge in a dance of Joy and Celebration not because you decided to wear the shoes but because you chose to walk The Path.
I'm posting about my trip to Lahore after a long time. Busy with my final year project and university exams but nonetheless, the photographic genie still resides in me. On that note, I will be working on some more projects, more on that later.
So back to the Lahore trip. I visited the city in connection with a photography workshop with "Punjab Lok Rhas" a not for profit organization working to instill the idea of multiculturalism and gender equality through the creative expression of theatrics. The workshop on photography was on the same theme related on how to capture the beaty of Pakistan's cultural diveristy in a more in depth manner. It was conducted by Malcolm Hutcheson (http://malcolmhutcheson.com/) and Danial Shah (http://www.danialshah.com/) and lasted about a week was amazing in the sense of how important it is to capture what happens everyday around us and to capture it well. Apart from the workshop, during my stay in Lahore, I fell in love with the city, its architectural beauty comprising of three different and contrasting histories was seductive. The familiar red brick buildings with the air of hustle and bustle everywhere, with the imposing Mughal architecture and not to mention the delicious food especially the "Rabri Doodh" which was cooling during the hot days in Lahore made me want to stay back and fully explore the place and take me everywhere.
Here are a few pictures from my stay in Lahore.
(Tip click on the pictures to enter a slideshow of the pictures.)
While on one of my photographc excursions on one of Karachi's beaches, I noticed these lines created by the continuous washing of the sand by the periodic high of the tides. As I was observing the converging lines, I switched on to a reflective mood. I captured the image above and noticed how each line converged ahead at the brighter side after starting from dark to less darker regions of the image. Continuing with the reflective mood I was in I deduced that these very same lines have a much more deeper meaning. A meaning seldom of us realize. Each line in the picture represents the path of our lives and all paths lead us to the one single Source of Life. It really doesn't matter what belief structure/s we may hold, the fact remains that each of our paths will end at that Source. Another point here is that each line in that picture is composed of sand representing the conectedness of each path, in the same way we are connected in ways so subtle that its only realized if you go looking for the connection, a connection that we all share in this timeline called life. Lets go explore them!
Its been a long time since my last post. Just to let you guys know, I've been working on developing Rang-e-Pakistan (www.facebook.com/rangepakistan), a social enterprise whose sole aim is about promoting the Colors of Our Country (Hamaaray Rang, Hamaari Phechaan!). Will keep you guys informed about this in the coming months. Don't forget to pour in your feedback after visiting the page. :)
For today's post, fortunately, Karachi was blessed with some really cool weather today. Clouds and rain so to speak, a weather that any Karachiite dies for during the hot humid months. I've shot the following picture to show what approaches Karachi in the skies. Accoriding to the local MET Office, Karachi is to receive showers through Wednesday till Thursday so everyone, enjoy the rain while it lasts. :D
I would like to post this entry mentioning that I won the Pakistan Blog Awards 2011 for the Best Photo Blog (merit). I can't really appreciate the support and feedback shown by each and everyone especially close friends and fans. This award validates my quest to promote cultural diversity within Pakistan and to promote a softer image of the country abroad. Thanks once again!
Sunrise has always been one of my favorite time of the day. Its really great to just sit down and wait as the sky changes its colors as the first rays of morning light come through finally ending with the sun at its peak. On one of these sunrises I got the chance to witness one of the most spectacular sunrise at Karachi. The plan was to go on the first day of Eid but as fate would have it this sunrise was witnessed on the second day of Eid. Was it all planned by Mother Nature? You decide, because on that Nature showed her real and true beauty at that moment of the perfect sunrise.
Architecture is a reflection of a country’s history, art and culture and the respective community that associates it with its identity. Architecture of the former years especially that with a long history has its own set of uniqueness ranging from the construction of the building to the art encoded by the architects themselves.
Similarly, Karachi too has its share of architectural heritage, particularly the South side of the city around the Saddar and old Clifton areas sport a number of architectural sites which are remnants of the British Raj in pre-partition India. Many of these buildings have been constructed with a lot of influence of European architecture as well as South Asian (from Mughal art), both have been combined to create a wonderfully new form of architecture that are now signature landmarks of Karachi.
In Saddar, one of the oldest buildings around has been the St. Patrick's Cathedral of the Roman Catholic archdiocese of Karachi. Located on Shahra-e-Iraq formerly known as Clarke Street, this formidable piece of art dominates the landscape with its towering steeples and adorned with the white marble monument. Anyone passing the area is sure to catch a glimpse of the cathedral especially during the evening hours when the golden sunlight illuminates the white marble structure and the yellow bricks of the cathedral.
Ganesh Chaturti is a Hindu religious festival celebrating the birthday of the Hindu diety, Lord Ganesh. Widely celebrated across India and in a major part of Nepal as well. The festival sometimes celebrated for 10 days, is celebrated with religious fervor with a procession to the sea where the murti (a statue) of the deity is immersed and sunk to the bottom of the ocean. This ritual is a symbolic affair indicating that Lord Ganesh is taking with him the troubles and sorrows of mankind as he travels into the other world.
In Pakistan too, the festival is celebrated in Karachi with the same fervor and love. Below are a few pictures of the festival shot at the Netty Bridge, Karachi.
It was early in the morning at 6.30 a.m. when I finally reached Gilgit city. It was now just a matter of time before I reached
the final destination which was the Hunza valley. After, that I booked my seat in a bus that was leaving for Aliabad, one of the main towns of the valley. Once the journey began my apprehension and excitement increased each second as the final stop got nearer.
When I finally made it I immediately felt the difference in urban city life and the one of the mountains. For starters, the air is much cleaner and refreshing and the skies more blue. More so, the next quality you will notice is the drastic reduction in traffic noise, something that is absent in Pakistan’s cities especially in Karachi
Continuing from my last post (Read here), my stop over at Rawalpindi was just for the night. After quickly booking my bus ticket for Gilgit City with NATCO (Northern Areas Transport Corporation), one of the largest transport services in the Gilgit-Baltistan; I checked in at a local hotel and then called it a night. The bus was scheduled to leave at 9 a.m. After checking out the following morning, I took a taxi to the NATCO bus stop at Pirwadai. During this time the taxi drove through the city center. Passing through this area reminded me of
Pakistan is more than meets the eye. Mysterious, majestic, magnificent beauty are words that aren't enough to describe her immense plethora of diversity. That is what I learnt on my way from Karachi to Hunza by road. Its a transformation of landscape from the crowded beaches of the mega city of Karachi to the fields of crops along of the plains of the Sindh and Punjab to the towering mountains ranges of the Himalayas and the Karakorum valleys. In short there is a side of this country that is unexplored in a manner of speaking of public perception. My trip to the Hunza by road made me realize that its time to explore the unexplored.
This is Rehamatullah who sells sea shells at the Seaview beach at Karachi.
I took this picture while at the Karachi Photo Walk 2011. While I was looking for a subject, I stopped at his stall. What caught me the most about him was his expression; tired, quizzed and longing for more in life. I asked him...,
This is the mausoleum (locally called as mazar) and is the final resting place of Quaid-e-Azam, Mohd. Ali Jinnah. Built in the 1960's, the mausoleum is situtated in the city, Karachi and is one of Karachi's landmarks and the nation's National Mausoleum. The mausoleum is made of white Marble with curved Moorish arches and copper grills rest on an elevated 54 metre square platform. The cool inner sanctum reflects the green of a four-tiered crystal chandelier gifted by the people of China. Around the mausoleum there is a park fitted with strong beamed spot-lights which at night project light on the white mausoleum and illuminating the Karachi night sky for miles. Important official and military ceremonies are held here on special occasions such national holidays including Pakistan Day (23rd March), Independence Day (14th August), the birth and death annivasaries of the Quaid (25th of Dec and 11th Sept respectively). Along with the founder's remains, his sister Fatima Jinnah (titled Madar-e-Millat), former Prime Minister Liaqat Ali Khan, former Cheif Minister Nurul Amin and former Governor Abdul Rab Nishtar are also buried besides Mr. Jinnah.
--Source www.wikipedia.org & www.heritage.com.pk
This picture was taken at "Dou Darya" (Two Rivers), at Seaview, Karachi. I have published this picture as a wallpaper as a token of appreciation for all the support for my entry in Pakiofraphy by liking and commenting on my two pictures. I hope I can count on the same kind of support as I work to promote diversity and cultural awareness through my photography.
Wallpaper can be downloaded here:
Right Click on the link and click "Save Link As" or "Save Target As"
There is a certain enchantment when it rains here in Karachi. Its when all the dullness is swept away and the real life and color is brought back to life.