- Baha’is believe in the power of prayer and you’ll find Baha’is and their friends, throughout the world, getting together to pray. This is often referred to as a ‘devotional gathering’ or ‘devotional meeting’, and they happen in diverse settings, whether in cities or villages.
Artist, photographer and NineteenMonths contributor, Lindsey Lugsch-Tehle currently resides in the US and is pursuing a masters degree in Interfaith Action. As an avid traveller, her Instagram account is a source of inspiring images from around the world, including some beautiful images of the Holy Land. We caught up with Lindsey to ask her a few questions and to showcase some of her lovely works! Be sure to follow her on Instagram and 500px!
Baha’i Blog: What, for you, makes a great photo?
Lindsey: I always pause for uniqueness and detail; what is it that the photographer is drawing my attention to, is accentuating, is highlighting? The use of light and shadow and the depth of field in photography usually catch my eye.
Baha’i Blog: Where do you find your inspiration as a photographer?
Lindsey: I find inspiration in the world around me. I’ve always been partial to nature photography, as I feel that the natural world has so much to teach us if we are willing to slow down and pay attention. The following quote from the Baha’i Writings is a reminder of this:
Say: Nature in its essence is the embodiment of My Name, the Maker, the Creator. Its manifestations are diversified by varying causes, and in this diversity there are signs for men of discernment. Nature is God’s Will and is its expression in and through the contingent world. It is a dispensation of Providence ordained by the Ordainer, the All-Wise.
~Tablets of Baha’u’llah
Baha’i Blog: You have a beautiful calligraphic tattoo, what does it say?
Lindsey: It says “be” in Arabic calligraphy. I wanted a tattoo for a long time, one that would mean something to me on many levels, and the profound yet simple word “be” serves as a reminder to always be authentic and earnestly strive to align my will to God’s will.
Baha’i Blog: What’s your favourite equipment for shooting?
Lindsey: I shoot with a Nikon D7000 and a couple different lenses. My favorite lens right now is my Nikor micro 60 mm lens. I really love capturing the fine details of things that I generally take for granted in everyday life. I don’t always have my camera with me so many of the images I post to Instagram are captured and edited on my iPad.
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