Friday, April 6, 2007

154)A picture is worth a thousand words: stunning photographs by Prince Hussain Aga Khan and Ali Khurshid.

The Ismaili Mail website published a stunning series of photographs today by Ali Khurshid of Pakistan, one titled 'Early Spring in Hunza Valley', the other 'The Road to Hunza'. They also published a comment I made on these collections:

"I have always been a sucker for pristine natural scenes and this series of photographs has an abundance of them. Except for the lofty, craggy, snowcapped mountains and the unique, handsome people of the region, many of these scenes resemble what central Ontario(cottage country) in Canada looks like in early spring-clear lakes, snaking rivers, torrential streams from melting snow, bright sun, robust clouds and fresh air. I bet that the Hunza valley also has an abundance of newly awakening life with their chirpings and other unique sounds. Not surprising that Nasir Khusraw, who lived in this general area a thousand years ago, absorbed the sights, sounds and smells of this natural beauty and used them as metaphors and symbols to teach us about deep spiritual insights in his poetry and prose."

This is the link to the collections on Ismaili Mail:

Very interestingly, I am reminded of another series of stunning photographs taken by Prince Hussain Aga Khan, which I posted on the F.I.E.L.D. Ismaili Net website on April 26th 2006:

These photographs about objects(living and non-living) and events in nature reflect the great tradition of learning about the visible universe, part of the structure of Truth, about which Prince Hussain Aga Khan's great-grandfather, Mowlana Sultan Mohammed Shah said: "The God of the Quran is the One whose Ayats(Signs) are the Universe in which we live, move and have our being."


Islam, eminently logical, placing the greatest emphasis on knowledge, purports to understand God's creation:Aga Khan 4.
The God of the Quran is the One whose Ayats(Signs) are the Universe in which we live, move and have our being:Aga Khan 3