Muharram Crescent Moon, Year 1435
‘Muharram is the month with which the Muslims begin their lunar Hijrah Calendar’.
'The word “Muharram” means “Forbidden” and is derived from the word harām, meaning “sinful”. It is held to be the most sacred of all the months, excluding Ramadan.’
It’s the time of the year again when I look back into the archives and contemplate for a little.
Coincidentally, the Islamic year fourteen thirty-four will start tomorrow or in a few days (?), and 2014 is two months away. But every year, this day marks a significant day to my life. (Er, nothing really dramatic but I am making it sounds like).
It’s like my personal New Year. This was the day when I left home and arrived in this foreign land two years ago!
Apparently, taking photos has been my pastime.
Late last year, I fancied close up photography and I thought I wanted a dedicated lens. I was about to have my first vacation in a few months then and I thought macros of insects would be in time. I didn’t have much opportunities, though.
Back in the Kingdom, sunrise and sunsets were my usual fascinations. Among other subjects and themes that I enjoyed lately include people and portraits, animals particularly birds (or cats?) and some silhouette shots. I would go insane without the sight of any body of water.
Two of the highlights of this year which I am very grateful are my trips to other places such as the Scotland/United Kingdom, and in the United Arab Emirates. It allowed me to see great architectures, both the traditional and the modern ones, that I really didn’t realize I would ever see. Like the granite Marischal College in Aberdeen, and the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
Life isn’t perfect. I do encounter lots of struggles and whatnot. And for sure, there will be more challenges to come.
And more photos to make. And yes, “it has been a great journey.”
Water 2012-2013 | elriz.com
Buildings and Architecture (Modern) 2012-2013 | elriz.com
Buildings and Architecture (
Vernacular Classic) 2012-2013 | elriz.com
Closeup and Macro 2012-2013 | elriz.com
Mobile 2012-2013 | elriz.com
People 2012-2013 | elriz.com