Masjid

Lingering in the Hallway

Getting back into this project of a picture a day is a little harder than I thought it would be!! I thought I could start it again and be consistent, but I have been so busy lately I have barely opened up my computer. 

The picture above is at a famous mosque in the city that we live in. I've posted pictures of this mosque before, but I love this angle. The black and white gives it a dramatic look, too!

So question for you reader: Should I continue this project like I have for the last year and a half? Or...should I begin something new? Have any ideas? Comment below! I would love to hear your thoughts.

-Ashley

The Details

Sometimes when I look at older architecture, particularly at a time when everyone did everything by hand, I am amazed. This is all done by hand. I can't read Arabic, but I believe these are all scriptures from the Qur'an (which is the Muslim's holy book). Even all the painting and design you see are by hand. I could never do something like that! Can you imagine how much time that would have taken?!

I wonder if I tried to do something this detailed what would happen. Only thinking about that for a second, the first thought that comes to mind that I'd get bored really fast. :) I don't think I'm meant for that kind of work! I like details, but that is overly-detailed for me. 

What about you? Would you have the patience for that kind of work?

Regardless if you'd enjoy it or not, I hope you have a great Thursday! 

-Ashley

 

Full of Color

This my friends, is the Wazir Khan Mosque. It is probably one of the prettiest mosque's I've seen in South Asia (and again is made by the Mughals). It's just so beautiful and full of color--great for pictures! I believe I've posted other pictures from this place (you can find them here: Looking Up in a Mosque, Goodbye, for now!, and A Deep Longing).

Hope you have a terrific Monday today and that it won't be like the start of ours (a flat tire). 

-Ashley

Beautiful Mosque

This is one of the prettiest mosque's I've ever been to. It was made by Aurangzeb Alamgir, who was the sixth Mughal Emporer. The Mughal's built many of the architecture all across South Asia. Mughal architecture has many similarities, which I really enjoy. If you've read other blog posts from me, you will probably see how much I mention symmetry. I just love finding symmetry in the pictures I take!

I feel very blessed that I am able to see these sites, as many people in the world haven't seen them in person. Now you, reader, have at least seen them in my blogpost! 

You can see this mosque in a couple other blog posts: Three Words: Life. Is. Crazy. and Mosque in a Distance.

Hope that your Thursday has gone well! 

-Ashley

Mosque in a Distance

We were taking a walking tour around our city and we came across this mosque. We were under a bridge and I just happened to see how the curve of the bridge framed the mosque and thought it looked really nice. 

My Mom and I will be taking a photowalk soon, so I'm really excited to take some pictures of my area. I think we might go to downtown Houston (which would be a lot of fun). I'll post some pictures afterwards!

It's Friday so I hope that you enjoy the last day of your week before the weekend! 

-Ashley

Looking Up in a Mosque

On the recent trip I've mentioned (the one with my department at our university) we went to a couple older mosques that were quite stunning. It still amazes me how people had such precision doing this by hand. And they made it so symmetrical at that!

This was me looking up into the dome part of the mosque--isn't it amazing? I can't even begin to imagine how long it took to do this! 

Hope you have a wonderful Friday!

-Ashley

Mosque in a Distance

This was taken while we were perusing one of the historical sites here with my photography students. It was really nice since the weather hasn't taken a hot turn yet. It's soon going to be very hot here, so I'm enjoying the last bit of cool weather I can! 

I can't believe how fast this week went. I fortunately don't have anything major planned this weekend...however, the next weekend I have something really big. I'll post more about that later!

Enjoy your Friday! 

-Ashley

Beautiful Architecture

The amazing thing to me about some of the places I've been to in the world, is how people centuries ago were able to build such immaculate buildings without modern technology. What work it must have taken to create such strikingly beautiful and symmetrical architecture. 

We visited the Blue Mosque on our trip and wow...these pictures don't do this place justice. It's immaculate. If you've been there, you know what I mean.

I could post so many more, but I'll leave you with these three. Might have to post more later as I work through it all.

-Ashley