Posts tagged ‘photowalk’

March 17, 2014

Photowalk at Harappa & Those who Prayed there

by Khanum

Have you seen life after death? I saw it yesterday, at Harappa.

On a morning that promised a hectic day ahead, I embarked on a journey organized by prestigious Photo Mazdoor to the ruins of centuries old Indus Civilisation.  My cousin brother also joined me on this photowalk but unfortunately due a death incident in his family, he had to get off at Sahiwal and hurry towards his home.

I carried on.

I like travelling, to a certain point. I love exploring new places to a greater extent, but what I dislike about my exploring routine, sometimes, is when I miss my salat during my travels. There’s always an option to find the spot somehow and pray, if not possible then do Qaza prayers when you get back at home, of course, but still– the Muslim inside feels burdened when prayers that are supposed to be prayed on time just slip out of hands. And yesterday, I felt this burden again when I saw a group of people offering their prayers at Harappa.

Here’s a little Interesting recap.

Harappa is one challenging place to photograph. Being a photographer, I say this because everything around there is lifeless. That’s right. That’s the status of life there.

Utterly barren, devoid of warmth and full of history lessons that are perhaps not meant to capture but to merely acknowledge. The place I feel, is more designed by Allah Almighty to take heed from in this century. Yet photo mazdoors did a great job at digging up graves. I mean, we all literally did best at photography there by photographing the impossible place ever. Some people found pretty birds there to capture. A beautiful shot , I must say, taken by a photo mazdoor.

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Photo Mazdoors made a quite a noise there by arranging BBQ in the middle of ruins! No joke. 

Everywhere I looked, everywhere we all looked, there were just white-brown sands. Graves, Bushes and colorless trees as if they were mourning the times gone by and excavations marks that told how modern men were determined to excavate the remains. I , for one, believe in photographing the details and objects that go unnoticed and voices that go unheard. For this I became almost obsessed with the bruised dirty feet of this small beggar boy sitting near the graveyard. His feet told all his history. 

But then came a surprise for me and my friend, Ayesha. We noticed something extra ordinary there. I wish I had captured that beautiful evidence of extra ordinary life. Subhan Allah! There stood a beautiful tree at the side of a small place dedicated to Masjid for prayers. Every tree around it was dull, too dark in color or either not so pretty to look at or even notice. But this tree was — this one particular gorgeous tree was so Fresh and so Green that my friend and I kept looking at it for quite some time.

Then after lunch when we were packing up to leave the lifeless place behind, I noticed a guy from the group standing at that place and offering his salat. Subhan Allah! Then there went another. One, two , perhaps more than 3 men I noticed, prayed their salat at there, one after another. I admire them for this act of piety. How I wished I could also join them, stand behind and offer my prayer before it gets too late but I don’t know why, I didn’t dare go there. I am always shy to offer my prayers at a public place, in an open area. It’s something that always makes me miss my prayers on travels. Sometimes there’s no water for Wudhu, at other times I am too shy to get up and do it. It’s my error, I fully acknowledge this. But watching those few good men, glorifying Allah’s Name at that barren place, despite the hurdles in way, filled my heart with a strange hope, happiness & confidence for prayers in future travels.

The whole world is a Masjid for the believers where we can worship Allah Almighty. No one has an excuse to miss prayers for this reason.

I will , in shaa Allah, make time and space for my salah during travelling as well. And I concluded, there are 3 things that a Muslim should always carry with him when he/she embarks on a journey.

1- Compass for Qibla detection

2- Praying mat

3- And water for wudhu

To Photo Mazdoor team, I am grateful for the well organized photowalk. Every team member is friendly. The chief organizer himself is a like a good younger brother of mine.

They always make sure the trip is secure. This time even a family joined us which was great. Photo Mazdoor always makes sure that breakfast/lunch and every tea break is a healthy one. The water bottles distributed to the participants is always sufficient, Alhamdulillah. I remember how they made a special announcement on the Qila Rohtas trip, about dangers of dehydration there and gave us Nestle Water bottles with instructions to keep drinking water during photographing the place. There’s no doubt that they work hard.

However, here’s a little suggestion that I feel could make their future travels even more deen friendly.

A little cooperation required for making time and space for salah.

Since we go with them, and there are different people on every trip with different needs and lifestyles, It would be great if they include the praying point in their routine and announcement as well. If there’s no proper spot for prayer, they should locate one and announce that those interested in offering their prayers, especially females, they should head towards that spot. If bathrooms are nearby for wudhu, it’s alright but sometimes there are places where clean water is not available, in that scenario, extra water bottles should be offered for wudhu. People should be assured that no person would be left behind if they stop and make their prayers first. This way, if they make it a part of their announcement and arrangements, those who want to offer their prayers would be guided well and assured comfort. I, for one, would be more comfortable at announcing that I want to offer my prayer without drawing attention to myself. Otherwise, I keep debating inside, on every photography trip, whether to raise my voice or not when I can’t spot a clean and out of sight place for prayers.

I hope Photo Mazdoor would consider my friendly suggestion as they always welcome suggestions and even complaints. So generous of them. I wish the team all the best for future trips and extend my regards for the efforts they put in to make their photowalks interesting.

I would upload my photography of the place in the coming week, iA. 

December 29, 2013

Imma Photo Mazdoor! Let’s shoot!

by Khanum

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Sunday Morning, 22nd of December came with a refreshing promise for me. A Promise for Adventure.

I, along with a bunch of photographers and a great friend, (Gulabo) embarked on a cold journey towards Rana Resort. Approximately 76km away from Lahore, This beautiful place has 200 acres of thick bamboo jungle. Lush green beauty everywhere! And what I loved about this place the most was the silence and calm. Minus the bizarre people there and you have a perfect peaceful spot for walk and photography! Every color I noticed somehow seemed either green or brown to me. It felt like a combination of cold meeting warmth.

Speaking of warmth,  Let me mention, to get ourselves charged up for fatigue and hard work ahead, We made a quick stop  at some dhabba first for tea. (Uh- It turned out to be very meethi.)  And then Half way there,I realized I should have listened to my mum and wore high-neck underneath my sweater. It was damn cold.

Anyhow, after that we stopped at Head Baloki. Did snap snap and then Upon reaching the Resort after like 10 minutes or something, I for one became very displeased with the high pitched bizarre songs being played in the park or garden. Whatever it was. But as we moved further and towards the bamboo jungle, the sounds of civilization began to fade away somewhere in the background. Before us, was a calm beautiful jungle, waiting–and  inviting!

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Kudos to Photo Mazdoor! It’s time that it finally got mentioned by me.

The Photowalk was organized by Photo Mazdoor in collaboration with Nikon! From transport expenses to refreshment and lunch, everything was included in registration fee Rs 1050 only. Isn’t it great? It’s my 2nd photowalk with Photo Mazdoor. The first being to Qila Rohtas! What an amazing and unforgettable day that was. Khanum almost fainted.

Yup, she did. No joke.

But thanks to the medical arrangements done by Photo Mazdoor, A doctor was among us on the bus at that time. She gave me on the spot treatment and I survived. Later on another brave photographer dropped almost dead in the bus on the way back from Qila Rohtas in Summers. But Again , thanks to the doctor with us, He was given drip and treatment immediately. The rest is history. All the photographers, work like soldiers on the field. They tirelessly shoot at any spot given and voila! The following photographs would be witness to it– how much hard work the photo mazdoors put in for the sake of photography. I hope you enjoy my few humble shots presented on this blog out of the many that I captured. As for the camera: I was fortunate enough to use a Nikon D7100 that I borrowed on the spot from the Organizer. The editing is done on Lightroom 5.2. An excellent software I must say. Its my first time using it and am already in love with this one. The photography presented is original work of Pervisha Khan.  but I am humbly requesting to people who love to steal from my blog that please! Have haya this time and do not steal it. Thank you.

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I don’t know what is it about the above picture. The colors or the way it holds stagnant pond! silence and calm. I love it. I simply love it. That’s why you can say am an abnormal photographer.

Moving on, to the lunch we had. Delicious chicken prepared by the organizer themselves. NO JOKE!

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And Now, some shots from the wild life inside the Resort.

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And this is so far the last one am going to share. More may follow.

You must have noticed Almost every shot is taken vertically. Well, thats a kind of my thing. I somehow find things more pretty in vertical shots. Or perhaps its a bug in my head for vertical composing.

Anyhow, I hope you visit Photo Mazdoor and if you’re a photographer based in Lahore ,do subscribe to them. And since we are on the topic of photography, Check out Meem Noon Fotos page on Facebook as well. Its stunning work. Especially this picture I recently admired alot.

Coming Up next !

Today I attended a wedding at Church. My friend’s wedding. It was beautiful as I tweeted earlier that no matter where a marriage takes place, or who gets married, A Muslim or a Christian: A wedding is a Wedding. Quite a touching affair.

Too excited to relax first and have tea, I have already posted some glimpses of the ceremony at my facebook but unfortunately due to my busy schedule ahead and hectic day fatigue, I won’t be editing and posting the ceremony pictures for now. But in next post, in shaa Allah.

Walaikum salam! & Toodles!

September 8, 2013

That Giant

by Khanum

 

Where the ghosts reside, and shadows walk. My visit to a haunted and gigantic Fort with a bunch of fellow photographers. Details Coming soon.

Beautiful architecture and a stunning crack in the centuries old wall or something like a giant gate at the entrance.

Beautiful architecture and a stunning crack in the centuries old wall or something like a giant gate at the entrance.