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Designing the Faith: Photography

August 31, 2011, in Articles > Art & Creative Works, by

Creative design has an important part to play in the Faith. There’s a small army of creative Baha’is who labour hard to communicate the message of the Faith on screen and paper. The Designing the Faith series showcases some of their ingenious work in film, fashion, the internet, architecture and more.

In the third part of the series, we showcase the work of Baha’is who spend their days behind a lens. Armed with Japanese and Korean machinery, they capture moments of devotion, community life, and the Holy Places, letting the world catch a glimpse thereof.

Photo by Marco Abrar

Ryan Lash has had his hands in the production of Building Momentum, Attaining the Dynamics of Growth, and Arising to Serve. Catch him anywhere between Cambodia, Kenya and Canada, scooping portraits of community life.

Nicolas Chorier may not be a Baha’i, but his kite-flying skills are off the hook. He flew his camera hundreds of meters above ground to show the world the perfection of Mr. Fariborz Sahba’s work on the House of Worship in Delhi.

Next time you’re at the Baha’i World Centre, look out for Marco Abrar dragging his beast of a lens across the arc, preparing to take more of his stellar shots or his next coffee-table book.

By software engineer gone photographic genius: Adib Roy

By Namibian multi-talent Ramin Hossaini

By Kiwi Kat Eghdamian

Junior Youth Group in Brazil. Photo: Baha’i World Centre.

And a vintage photo of the Mazraih Mansion for you hipster kids.

You should also check out nineteenmonths.com, a collaborative magazine using spirituality to inspire photographers and writers. It’s GOOD photography.

Over and out.

Next month’s Designing the Faith showcase will focus on Print Design.

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Neysan Mehrabkhani

Neysan has a mission to help bring ingenious design to the Baha'i community. In his free time, he studies urban planning in the German capital.
Neysan Mehrabkhani

Discussion 12 Comments

Great post, Neysan. Thanks for putting this together! I particularly like the photos by Ryan Lash. I’ve seen some stunning photos of Baha’i Holy Places, but it’s so nice to catch a glimpse into community life in different parts of the world.


Preethi (August 8, 2011 at 2:51 AM)

Ryan’s photos are incredible. They have so much life in them!

Neysan Zölzer

Neysan Zölzer (August 8, 2011 at 1:35 PM)

Thanks Naysan for sharing this great selection of photos! Really loved it!


Naysan (August 8, 2011 at 4:05 AM)

This post is awesome I super super love the photo by Ramin Hossaini wow the contrast of the clouds with the Dome are breathtaking! Thanks for this post Neysan it’s inspirational to see so much talent and rejoice in so much beauty! 🙂

Farida Ciotti

Farida Ciotti (August 8, 2011 at 10:18 PM)

Beautiful! Thank you for taking the time to share these works ~ perceptions of beauty can change the world 🙂

Fay Greenslade

Fay Greenslade (September 9, 2011 at 8:57 AM)

Naysan, great post, and BIG thanks for the mention of Nineteen Months…!

Its amazing that in a world where video is increasingly prevalent, photography has still not lost its relevance and remains a timeless vessel of conveying a story in a way that is complementary to the moving image.

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Ronnie Yousefzadeh Bindra (September 9, 2011 at 11:25 AM)

Amazing post, Neysan, also wonderful pictures

Misel D.

Misel D. (September 9, 2011 at 6:14 AM)

Ever since I saw the picture of the Jr Youth group from Brazil, I have been looking for other pictures of Baha’i Jr. Youth groups from around the world. I like that one particularly because it shows Breezes of Confirmation, its a close up of kids from another country, the right age. I want to gather these photos to help connect our group here in Connecticut with kids around the world so they might feel the power of being in a worldwide movement. Who is the photographer of that photo? Can I contact him? Do you have any advise for me? Thanks Shelley, Animator Sandy Lane Jr. Youth Spiritual Empowerment Group

shelley Rothman

shelley Rothman (January 1, 2012 at 9:20 PM)

Hi Shelley, yes I agree, I love that photo too! I’m not sure who took that photo but you can find some great Baha’i related photos for free download (legally of course) from the Baha’i Media Bank (http://media.bahai.org/). I hope that helps!


Naysan (January 1, 2012 at 10:43 AM)

Beautiful, inspirational photos!

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