nineteen days


Posted in naw ruz, the fast - 2009 by amysahba on March 21, 2009

“If there is any hope, it is solely in the bounties of God: that His strengthening grace will come, and the struggling and contending will cease, and the acid bite of blood-dripping steel will be turned into the honey-dew of friendship and probity and trust. How sweet would that day be in the mouth, how fragrant as musk the scent thereof. God grant that the new year will bring a promise of the new peace. May He enable this distinguished assemblage to conclude a fair treaty and establish a just covenant, that you may be blessed forever, across the unborn reaches of time.”


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1. alison bird; 2. amy sahba; 3. anjali pala; 4. elizabeth sabet; 5. golriz lucina; 6. kadria simons; 7. layli samimi-moore; 8. leila g. t.; 9. leili towfigh; 10. liam keenan; 11. manijeh afnan-murray; 12. na’im samimi-moore; 13. negeen sobhani; 14. omid toloui; 15. philip blythe; 16. reed t. jones; 17. ronnie yousefzadeh; 18. ryan lash; 19. saleem vaillancourt; 20. shirin sahba; 21. sholeh loehle

wishing everyone a Naw-Rúz full of celebration and joy, leading to a fulfilling new year.

thank you for your presence in this space. it has been a pleasure to share our Fast with all of you, and to have you, in return, provide us with such love, support and encouragement.

we hope to welcome you back here once again, next year.

until then – happy New Year!

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  1. Negeen Sobhani said, on March 22, 2009 at 1:22 am

    thank you amy and leila for creating this blog and thank you to all of the photographers whose images, quotation selections and thoughts truly inspired me on many different levels. this was the highlight of my fast!

  2. manijeh said, on March 22, 2009 at 2:39 am

    thank you for letting me be par of this project! wishing each of you a wonderful Naw-Ruz!
    love from sunny Cambridge!

  3. Sarah said, on March 22, 2009 at 3:39 am

    I love seeing these all together! How delicious!

  4. Saleem said, on March 22, 2009 at 5:43 am

    Three cheers for 19days and Happy Naw Ruz!

  5. greenlaundry said, on March 22, 2009 at 8:58 am

    this was a great journey, happy new year to all of you!

  6. Rebekah said, on March 22, 2009 at 10:35 am

    you all have captured such beauty and light in this collection of photos!

  7. amysahba said, on March 22, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    alison – i can just taste the juiciness of that fruit!

    anjali – beautiful light… gives that yellow such golden tones.

    elizabeth – wow. just wow. nyc has never bee so breathtaking!

    golriz – what a great photo, that expresses the joy of this new season!

    kadria – as usual you capture details in such a way that you open up a whole new way of looking at things!

    layli – oh my. i want to come visit this magical place, that is so quintessentially represent the way i think of America – awe inspiring nature… incredible expanses.

    leila – oh blossoms, blossoms! so perfectly, crisply captured. welcome spring!

    leili – i love the light in your shot – the delicate purple veins highlighted by that stark light gives your subject such a softness…

    liam – bubbles! i can just imagine being there, playing outside in the cool spring air…

    manijeh – great subtle reflection in the water, that canal holds promises of travel and discovery.

    na’im – first of all, the colors in your photos are just perfect. my favorite blue with that great white contrast. but the concept your photo shares is what i love best of all – coffee. in the daylight!!!

    negeen – i love how that simple decoration can instantly bring me back to a place i love so much – just that small details, and i am in the gardens, warm feet on the cool marble.

    omid – i had to study your photo a minute to understand what it was – and i love the contrast of colors, the modern linearity you highlight in such an old tradition.

    philip – there is an earthiness to your items, but in a modern, nearly urban setting. i just adore that little sculpture. one of the prettiest i’ve seen.

    reed – there are no words to adequately express how much i love this shot of K. the buttoned up collar, the plain background, the seemingly seriousness of his posture just make the whole humor in it that more dazzling. truly truly love it. (ps: GREAT idea to have a dress up photo booth!)

    ronnie – love the expression in this kids eyes, and that when you look at the whole photo you see he is guarding his slice of cake jealously!

    ryan – celebration indeed! i can hear the music, the clapping, the singing, the laughter, the joy. more than anything i want to partake in it!

    saleem – hello you, peeking behind those flowers! i don’t know if this makes sense, but it is as if they were… talking to me.

    shirin – you know i love it. the contrast of the colors, the utter giddiness and joy your photo conveys!!!

    sholeh – there is a sweet melancholy to your shot. it’s a very tender moment you captured.


  8. kadria said, on March 22, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    to echo negeen’s comment, this has really been a highlight of this year’s fasting period! i eagerly looked forward to seeing each day’s post. this project is proof to me of how collaboration can create solidarity among peoples of various backgrounds – it has been such a pleasure to be part of this project! I hope to be invited to participate again next year (hint, hint)…
    one again, thank you all for sharing your insights with such candor and love and for allowing us to see the world through your eyes.

  9. nemoDreamer said, on March 22, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    what fireworks…!

    amy, you’re kind words to everybody are just delicious…

  10. Di said, on March 23, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    Happy New Year! I love all the photos that you have posted! Everyone has taken some special moment and captured it beautifully! Thank you for sharing!

  11. golriz said, on March 23, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    this project was such a gift to be involved in. thank you amy and leila.
    i loved getting a glimpse into everyone’s dawns and dusks as we shared in this sacred duty.
    much love,

  12. Sholeh said, on March 24, 2009 at 1:29 am

    I had SO MUCH FUN! And to be able to see the Fast through so many different sets of eyes…so wonderful.


  13. Layli Samimi said, on March 24, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    i really loved and cherished everyday on here. thank you all for your hard work and talent! especially you, amy and leila!!

    all love,

  14. Fifi Flowers said, on April 18, 2009 at 1:46 am

    AMAZING photos… I hope you are ENJOYING this project… I”m sure you are!

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