Ridvan celebrates Baha’u’llah’s time in the garden of Ridvan where He publicly declared His station as a Manifestation of God. The Ridvan Festival is 12 days long and is also the time of year where Baha’is elect their governing bodies.
Rarely have I come across photographic work as inspired and stunning as that of Baha’i photographer Shahriar Erfanian. Hailing originally from Ecuador, Shahriar now lives in Vancouver, Canada, where he and his wife run a photography agency. Shahriar has been a participant in the wonderful Baha’i photographic project Nineteen Months and has many of his uniquely vivid photos online over at Flickr and 500px.
Baha’i Blog caught up with Shahriar to ask him if we could showcase some of his beautiful work here on the blog, and to learn a bit more about what inspires this passionate Baha’i photographer. But before we get to his answers, here are some of Shahriar’s photographs to gaze at!
You have some of the most evocative photography I’ve ever come across, what inspires your work?
I get inspiration from many amazing photographers around the world, from the past and the present, as well as things that I see every day around me. Sometimes I see beauty in things that others wouldn’t, or in faces that are not conventionally “beautiful” and some of my favorite photos have come out of those moments. But I also love experiencing and photographing natural beauty, such as landscapes, the love between a parent and child, or the sweet moments in a wedding celebration.
You have been involved in the Baha’i photographic project Nineteen Months, how important do you think projects like that are?
Projects like these are great collaborative efforts between people from all over the world with very different perspectives, inspirations and techniques. They serve as inspiration for the people involved in the project to explore and learn from one another, as well as the people that enjoy the posts every month. It is an opportunity for artists to share their love and art, and for the audience to engage with it in an easily accessible way.
How would you like to see the state of Baha’i photography change in the future?
Every day more and more people are sharing and engaging with life through their photos. The same can happen with Baha’i photography, making it an integral part of our life experiences and sharing those experiences with our communities. I think that photography can be a great source of connectivity between people…the sharing of one’s experiences, emotions and reactions to different aspects of life…and connectivity and love is what the Faith is about!
If you had one piece of advice for aspiring Baha’i photographers, what would it be?
Have your camera with you always and shoot, shoot and shoot! You don’t have to have the most expensive gear or sophisticated training…just a love for it, and a desire to engage with the world around you. All the technical stuff will come with practice 🙂
Hi I’m Collis! I live in Darwin, in the Northern Territory. I’m a Baha’i, designer, entrepreneur, climate tech angel investor, and engaged in philanthropy to support First Nations young people in Australia. I've been working on Baha'i Blog since its inception in 2011!
Wonderful. Must have been inspired by Baha’u’llah and Beloved Master Abdul Baha. Please keep it up for coming generations. They will get inspiration from your photos and works.
rounaq (May 5, 2012 at 4:56 AM)
Loving greetings from Brilliant Star. We are investigating whether or not you would like to be interviewed for an upcoming issue.
The first step is for us to review photos of you as a child, youth, and an adult. We will also need a current portrait and interactive photos of you in your work. Hard copies can be sent via FedEx. Digital photos need to be 1 MB or larger and sent via e-mail as jpgs. If you are scanning pix, they need to be high resolution scans at 5×7 or larger. We will need to see these photos by January June 29, 2012.
After we know we have the photos we need, we will schedule an interview that takes about an hour to complete. Does this sound like something you are interested in undertaking?
Susan Engle (June 6, 2012 at 3:33 PM)
Greeting Shahriar, I love your photography. What is the old building you photographed that has six or seven beautiful arches, shadows and sliding doors on the left wall? Its a dark and high contrast image.
James Heintz (February 2, 2013 at 4:57 PM)
I want to say thank you.
It can make our soul brilliant.
lida (October 10, 2014 at 12:48 AM)
Allah – O – Abha,
Thank you. these picture are very wonderful . I can not state my feeling.
lida (October 10, 2014 at 12:50 AM)