Monday, May 23, 2011

Pakistan ...

Well, I promised more Pakistan photos, so here goes! The only problem is that I am scanning prints and that is not working very well. The prints of these actually came out beautifully and they are pretty vivid with blues and turquoise but the saturation here is all blending together. Anyway, they were taken with my favorite camera, an old manual 1970s 35mm Minolta. The other Pakistan photos are all taken with the same camera as well.

These were taken after leaving Islamabad, heading Northeast to Kaghan (in the previous post.) I will ask my Dad if he knows exactly where. This kid was adorable and happy to be photographed, as I recall. We saw this place and had to pull off the road. (That happened a lot.)

Pakistan 1997

The earth has disappeared beneath my feet,
Illusion fled from all my ecstasy.

Now like a radiant sky creature
God keeps opening.

God keeps opening
Inside of Me.

~Hafiz










Stay close to any sounds that make you glad you are alive.
~Hafiz


I found this (below) on Youtube.
One of the voices is Nusrat Fateh Ali Kahn, the world renowned Pakistani Musician,
who mostly sang Sufi devotional music. He had a six octave range and was
considered one of the greatest singers ever recorded.
He is also on one of my all time favorite soundtracks,
He passed away in 1997.


Have a fabulous week!! I will be studying for my Italian oral exam, writing a paper on the film Malena and of course catching up on my art history. We are now in the "Enlightenment" (though it doesn't feel like it!)

Blessings and light!


18 comments:

Jade said...

That place looks so ethereal and heavenly!
Blessings to you.

ParisBreakfasts said...

What gorgeous colors!
I wish I could get that cerulean blue with my watercolors...

Turid said...

I agree with Jade; ethereal and heavenly. I love the colors. So rich, they make me thirsty.

Di said...

I'm so glad I followed your comment back to your blog, eventually :-) Love the music and the words and photography. Had to add you to my google reader.

ladyfi said...

Wow - these photos are stunning and utterly magical!

Theresa said...

Incredible!

Loree said...

I never thought Pakistan was so beautiful ... and so Blue.

'LUSH' said...

Capturing gorgeous color with beautiful images. Love it! Soul stirring.

KathyA said...

Those photos reveal to me unexpected beauty. When I 've thought about Pakistan, I've pictured an arid place. Interesting.

PK Studios said...

You're getting ahead of me! I should just link my blog to yours : ) And you said you didn't take any photos! I beg to differ...they're lovely.

Don said...

These photos are magical! Great music too. I'd love to see more.

A Brush with Color said...

Wow! What magnificent shots! It looks stunning. Thanks so much for sharing these. Best of luck in your exams--you'll do great! Now I'm off to listen to this music.

I really enjoyed being an armchair traveler here with you...

Cobalt Violet said...

Thanks everyone for all the comments and the well wishes too! Yes, Pakistan has many landscapes. There are desert areas, lush places ... some have pine trees and look like the mountains in Southern California! I never had any idea until I went there.

Kerry O'Gorman said...

Such beautiful images and I love Nusrat Fateh Ali Kahn as well. He was on one of my all time favorite soundtracks as well....'Dead Man Walking'. I also have a recording of him with Ry Cooder...Brilliant musician. Thanks for the new tune to add to my library.

Kiki aka Victoria said...

Dreamy gorgeous photos..so breathtaking Lu! Thanks for sharing !And wow..i have never met anyone who also lked NFAK!! Musst musst..do you like that song?
Fabulous post..your pictures were so beautiful and poetic..something about the colors..wonderful!

Tammie Lee said...

your photos are like candy for the eyes, beautiful blues....
thanks for the music

Emily said...

Gorgeous shots! Just look at all that blue!

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