nineteen days

day six

Posted in the fast - 2010 by leila on March 7, 2010

Praise be to God that our efforts are sincere and that our hearts are turned to the Kingdom. Our greatest longing is that truth may be established in the world, and in this hope we draw near to one another in love and affection. Each and all are whole-hearted and selfless, willing to sacrifice all personal ambition to the grand ideal towards which they strive: Brotherly love and peace and union among men!

‘Abdu’l-Bahá

peter (london, u.k.) left: A day of the fast spent exploring a city. Walking through the urban landscape at a fast pace, maneuvering between obstacles, finding the way, keeping a sense of direction and purpose, reflecting on a year coming to a close and another opening soon. Taking those steps, by feet and by mind, is so rewarding, especially during this potent period of each year.

elliott (ross creek, vic, australia) right:  I feel that during the Fast, deeply-rooted tests of selfishness are mysteriously brought to the surface and lined up for me to struggle and do away with. It is, however such a blessing to be summoned to eat and pray together with family/friends in the early morning before setting out each day, as it emphasizes a commitment to unity before God and really helps disintegrate thoughts of self. I am reflecting in awe at how a single law reinforces unity by directly promoting basic togetherness in our daily lives.

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  1. samimi-extremie said, on March 7, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    peter + elliot: your dawn photos are SPECATULAR in that they really transport me to where you are, the mood, the lighting, the energy. i LOVE the colors of yours, peter and the mood of yours, elliot! oh what i would give to walk on that wooded road right now! blissful!! thank you both so much!!

  2. samimi-extremie said, on March 7, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    *spectacular

  3. amysahba said, on March 7, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    i love both your dawn images so so much. But there is something special about the dusks so well. Peter – you capture that gorgeous evening light so well. And Elliott i can sense the mood of your evening… that quiet, mellow feeling that sets in right as you are breaking the Fast…

  4. Ronnie said, on March 7, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    nice colours (English spelling) guys. loving the pathway Elliot, its like something out of Tim Burton film!

    Peter, I like your choice of derelict building (Battersea powerstation perhaps?). I see the second pic was taken in the Ancient Egypt section of the British Museum. Good choice…its a fabulous exhibit.

    Elliot I really like your reflection. That single law is profoundly powerful, especially as its twinned with the obligatory prayer when its importance is talked about by the Guardian.

    • Peter said, on March 8, 2010 at 5:47 am

      Thanks. The building was at Imperial Wharf, West Brompton. The second image is indeed from the glorious British Museum, the late afternoon light was incredible as it came through the windows onto amazing pieces of antiquity. /p.

  5. Sarah said, on March 7, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    Love it all-and today, mood is the word.

  6. Bobby Aazami said, on March 8, 2010 at 2:36 am

    “Mood” is indeed the word friends. Elliot, the mood that you’ve cast with both images is powerful and i love the contrast between them! Peter, I love the muted pastel colors of the building you chose for your dawn shot. It’s a very soft and neutral light shining on what seems to be an abandoned industrial building. i would love to find the equivalent of such a building here in LA!

  7. Del said, on March 8, 2010 at 3:28 am

    love the quote! and I feel like each picture has a story behind it, so beautiful!

  8. yas said, on March 8, 2010 at 6:57 am

    i absolutely LOVE the way you both have captured light in these images. peter, i love the soft tones of your dawn, and elliott, your wooded road is just magical. thank you both so much!

  9. Shirin Y said, on March 8, 2010 at 11:58 am

    Absolutely beautiful – thank you! And Peter joon hope you’re enjoying my hometown!

  10. NateB said, on March 8, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    Peter and Elliot, eloquent. I related to both of you. Thanks.

  11. Sholeh said, on March 8, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    That wooded path looks like a painting, Elliot.

  12. Leili said, on March 8, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    Consonance: Elliot, your inviting, serene wooded path reminds my of Ryan Lash’s lakeside bench, for some reason. Really lovely shot.

    Assonance: Peter, I LOVE how you have chosen a totally different kind of subject – sculptural and monolithic and finely-observed, as usual.

    Great job, both of you.

  13. Justin said, on March 8, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    Peter, great shots, they really look dusky. The Egyptian pic makes me want to go there.

    Elliott, also great shots. The wooded lane is dreamy.

  14. leila said, on March 11, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    Now, how did everyone know that his name was spelled “Elliot” and not “Elliott”? It’s further proof of his gentlemanly behaviour that he forbore to correct me on the spelling of his own name. Sir, I salute you.

  15. elliott said, on March 13, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    Oh! Dearest Leila, you had it right all along. It IS actually “Elliott”.

  16. leila said, on March 13, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    JUST KIDDING!

  17. Sarah said, on March 13, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    Leila, you are so silly! 😀


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