Winna Time: In

4 04 2010

This is part 2 of the Winter posts.  The first were pictures taken from events and trips during the cold season.  These are all pictures from the usual cozy chilling indoors.  We had plenty of opportunity to stay in this winter, after record-setting snowfalls for our region, something like 30 inches in 3 weeks?  It was ridiculous, but definitely memorable.

Midnight Sunset

My street, after the blizzard hit.  This was before we got the 28+ inches, there was a nice white blanket throughout the region regardless.  This was taken sometime around 2am.

All White Everything

My parents celebrated their 25th anniversary in January 🙂  We had some people over to help us enjoy the occasion.  As usual, the adults did their thing, the kids got together with my bro and got into some xbox, and Saad and I got to finally catch up like old times.  Saad chillin in my room here, while I show him how bright the flash on the camera can be.

HaBaby

I found this baby in my dining room during the anniversary dinner so I took her picture.  I think this was before we cut the cake, so she was watching someone wield a really big knife with epic concern.

Wild Winter

My neighbor’s house after one of the more mild snowstorms we had this winter. (Click image for large resolution)

Arsizzle

It’s become normal practice for friends to gather in Amer’s basement and chill, play poker, and enjoy one another’s company.  During the blizzard, we gathered less frequently, but still came together when we could to get that fix.  Arsalan came home for the weekend from college and dropped by to spend some time.

A Boy and His Books

One of the defining elements of Amer’s basement is his wall of books.  His collection spans multiple, full-size bookshelves with hundreds of books.  He’s one of the few people I know who actually reads!  Like…for fun.  It’s kind of incredible.

Laughter Rx

Ali drops by occasionally and graces us with his presence.  He stays pretty busy with medical school in Richmond, but manages to squeeze in some good chuckle time with his peeps.

K-Dawg

This is a shot from my 35mm SLR camera.  As you can see, there’s a huge difference in the quality and colors.  I havent edited the image at all, I like the feel of it as is.  Vintage Kamil, sporting his usual neutral glare.





Weekend in G-Town

26 03 2009

It’s official.  The DSLR has expired and passed on to the other side.  It was with us only for a short while, but it opened up doors of great excitement and wonderful visions.  What sucks most about this is that I have to go back to my old point and shoot, which feels like a children’s toy in comparison.  So, maybe you can imagine, I’ve lacked the desire to really take many pictures for some time.  I’m slowly starting to get back into it.  To kick things back into gear, I’m posting up the last of the pictures I have from the DSLR before it died.  Thanks to Bash Bizzle for giving me that push to update this piece.

I spent a good part of this particular week at Georgetown University.  They had two really amazing conferences that I tried to capture.  The first was a conference on the American Mosque in the 21st Century and the second was on the World of Deaf Muslims.  Look out for the captions to see which event the pictures are from.

 

My New Friend

My New Friend

The Global Deaf Muslim (GDM) conference was sponsored by the very generous volunteers at Georgetown University, like Imam Yahya Hendi (top right) and Sarah Kalimullah (bottom center), and also by volunteers from around the region, like Taqwa Mahdi (bottom left).  Here, the organizers share a moment with each other while taking a break in the back of the room.  

 

Bright Lights, Brighter Smiles

Bright Lights, Brighter Smiles

Volunteers relax after setting up the lunch table for the GDM conference.

 

What Do You See In My Future?

Life and Death

For those who have never visited the Georgetown campus, you may be as surprised as I was to find a cemetary right in the center of campus.  It’s surrounded on all sides by tall dorm buildings.  The contrast is unreal, I wish I could explain how strong this image was for me.  Maybe this picture can help you to get an idea.

 

All Poised

Silent Anticipation

The volunteers set out lunch and patiently wait for the attendees to start getting food at the GDM conference.  The volunteers were both deaf and hearing, seeing them try to interact as naturally as possible was really heartwarming, especially since most hearing attendees didn’t know any sign language.

 

See Me, Hear Me

See Me, Hear Me

Taqwa (right) was speaking during the GDM conference while an interpreter signed for the deaf members of the audience.  

 

Last-Minute Prep

Last-Minute Prep

Taqwa was finishing up her speech before she had to go up and speak at the GDM conference.

 

Def Poetry

Def Poetry

Renato performed some Deaf poetry for the attendees at the GDM conference, alongside one other brother.  They chose not to translate the poem, so I don’t really know what they were saying, but it looked really interesting.  There was alot of movement, so this was the only picture I have that wasn’t completely blurred.

 

a

Asma Attack!

Asma Rehman (Left) is the VP of MSA National.  She, along with other key community figures, made an appearance at the GDM conference to support the Deaf Muslim community.

 

Visual Presentation

Visual Presentation

Deaf student, Bree Weber, gave a presentation about her experiences growing up deaf and her journey to Islam.  An interpreter was on-site to translate for Bree as she signed.  This was part of a panel at the GDM conference that was focused on sharing experiences from deaf and hearing parents and students about growing up or raising children deaf and Muslim.  

 

Fresh to Def

Fresh to Def

Abdullah, a deaf student from Gallaudet University, was hanging out in the back of the room while waiting for lunch to start so he could serve food to attendees of the GDM conference.

 

PhD Bloc

PhD Bloc

Dr. Sulayman Nyang, Professor of African Studies at Howard University,  and Dr. Iqbal Unus, Director of The Fairfax Institute, were part of a panel discussion on the history of the American Mosque, with a glimpse into the future of this growing institution.  

 

G

G

Mufti figured, why not act like a G, when in a garage, in Georgetown?  

 

Dual Action

Dual Action

During the panel discussion at the GDM conference, when a hearing panelist spoke, the deaf students in the room, and on the panel, would look to the interpreter to fill them in on the discussion.  

 

The Two From New Jerus

The Two From New Jerus

An Imam, with a deaf son, visited the GDM conference from New Jersey and was a part of the panel discussion.  Here, as he’s speaking, his son plays with the microphone.  After receiving a cochlear implant, his son’s hearing has been fully restored.

 

Da Imam

Da Imam

Imam Yahya Hendi, Imam of Islamic Society of Frederick, MD and Muslim Chaplain at Georgetown University, was the keynote speaker for the GDM conference.  He supported the deaf community immensely with his committment to helping organize this conference.  Here, he’s pictured watching the lunch line, making sure everyone is being served.

 

Watch Closely

Watch Closely

Bree (center), surrounded by fellow Deaf students from Gallaudet University, communicates with a friend through the use of American Sign Language (ASL).  Bree currently serves as the VP of the Deaf Muslim Student Association at Gallaudet.

 

Networking

Success!

Bader (left) is the current President of the MSA at Gallaudet.  Here, he’s chatting with other deaf students after a successful day at the GDM conference.  

 

The Man Behind It All

The Man Behind It All

Nash is the man who started the whole Deaf Muslim awareness movement.  He’s the President of GDM and a great activist for the causes.  Anyone interested in contributing or volunteering with future projects should email Nash, president@globaldeafmuslim.org.





My December

23 12 2008

Ever since winter started, I haven’t really taken too many pictures.  These are actually collected from the past 2 or 3 months.   Cheque it out.

 

Emo Sunshine

Emo Sunrise

On my last visit to Richmond, I crashed with Tayeeb at his new place.   This was right when he was waking up.

 

Foggy Top

Foggy Top

Surprise, surprise!  Another road trip to Philly.  This time we were returning for the 2nd MANA conference.  It was a great outing, and an amazing conference.  The weather was sort of icky, as you can see…

 

Txt Mnstr

Txt Mnstr

Between sessions at MANA, we were wandering around the convention center.  We just got through rummaging the bazaar, and were trying to figure out which place to get cheesesteaks from.

 

 

Raef

Raef

The man himself, performing at the Night of Sawa open-mic event in Lorton.  Raef came all the way down from MD to share some of his songs with the group.  Here he was, singing his song, Bread & Circus.  Jamal was captivated, as you can see..

 

Group Effort

Group Effort

Ibrahim brought up some friends to help him sing some spiritual songs at the Night of Sawa.  I don’t think anyone was quite prepared for the 25 minute performance that took place, but I’m sure they enjoyed it…

 

Marinating

Lettin It Marinate

We went out to East West Grill for dinner.  Most of us ordered cheesesteaks.  Zahra was sitting contemplative for almost half the time, and not eating.  Eventually, we found out she had put ketchup on her sandwich, and wanted to wait until it really settled in before eating it.  That’s dedication.

 

Modern Sculpture

Modern Sculpture

At Kabob Palace (or “KP”, as I found it’s also called), a group of us were waiting for food and Jamal created a wonderful sculpture.  He hadn’t quite worked out all of the details, so his finger played a critical role in holding it all together.





SLR Action

24 11 2008

I’m growing more and more fond of SLR cameras and really want to invest in a Digital SLR.  I got a chance to mess around with one that a friend has, and I’m posting some of those pictures here.  There are also pictures that I took over the summer with my 35mm SLR camera in this post as well.  It’s an SLR festival!

 

Going Green

Going Green

Oct 2008

I was using Nadia’s camera (left) at a DC Green Muslims meeting in DC.  Here, she’s taking the minutes of the meeting while Muhammad (right) leads some discussion on planning upcoming events.

 

The Legend

The Legend

The Umair Khan.  At a trip to Smith Mountain Lake with some old VCU heads, Umair, who is a Judo master, was taking a break from all the fishing/swimming/sunburning/skull-cracking to check his email.  

 

Natural

Natural

Muhammad enjoys a nice hot cup of tea while facilitating a discussion at a meeting for the DC Green Muslims.

 

Ripple Effect

Ripple Effect

Hanif, Sadiq and Frog row out in a canoe on Smith Mountain Lake and go exploring.  I had an episode with that very canoe earlier in the trip, but we won’t go into details on that…

 

Yelloww

Focused

Nadia was concentrating on the discussion at the DC Green Muslims meeting so she could write out the minutes in an organized diagram to help with the planning of future events.

 

Morning, Sleepyhead

Morning, Sleepyhead

Shak just woke up and went straight for a bowl of cereal.  Not often do you get to enjoy a nice breakfast on a deck, overlooking Smith Mountain Lake.  He was too sleepy to really notice though.





A Land Called…

3 11 2008

I finally graduated from college in May.  My whole family came down for the ceremony and afterwards we went to eat and chill in Maymont park before I headed out of good ol’ Richmond.  I had never actually fully explored the park in the 5 years that I was in the city, I really missed out.  This was a nice way to wrap up the college experience though.  There’s quite a few pictures that I really like from this day and I had a hard time cutting them down, so this is a longer post.  Hope you like them as much as I do.

 

Rosy Cheeks

Rosy Cheeks

May 2008

My cousin was trying to smuggle out a rose from Maymont’s garden.  I caught him!  

 

Statuesque

Statuesque Stature

My uncle came down from Fredericksburg for the ceremony.  Here we are in the convention center afterwards, waiting for everyone to get together so we can go eat.

 

In The Wild

Into The Wild

Maymont has pathways that take you through trees and over small hills to lead from one part of the park to the next.  My uncle was standing in front of one of the paths that comes out of the woods and leads into a big opening with a waterfall.  Here, he’s taking pictures of everyone posing in front of the water.

 

Discovery

Discovery

This is the waterfall that’s in the park.  As soon as we found it, my uncle and cousin darted down to get as close as they could to the water.

 

Happy Family

Happy Family

My mom and dad were having a good ol’ time by the water.

 

Priceless View

So Tropical

The park had some amazing views, I was really impressed.  Parts of it would seriously make you doubt this was in Richmond. 

 

Take You Under My Wing

Take You Under My Wing

My uncle got this sudden urge to stand on one of the poles along the pathway.  Naturally, he was joined by my cousin.

 

Paying Respects

Paying Respects

My uncle wandered off and found some sort of memorial.  It looks like he was visiting a grave, though I highly doubt that’s what it was.  I still don’t know what exactly he was doing there, but I love that tree behind him.

 

Sunspots

Lakeside

There was a beautiful lake in the park, surrounded by colorful trees and flowers.  Here, we were getting close to sunset and we were making our way out of the park.

 

Surrounded

 My cousin was taking pictures of another uncle-cousin pole-standing fiasco that occurred later on.  

 

Thankful

Thankful

Good thing people listened to that sign.  My uncle was chillin on a wall that lets you look out to the entire park.  It was a beautiful sight, especially when the sun was setting.

 

Final Bend

Final Bend

The family trekked towards the exit as the park was about to close. 

 

Get Close

 In front of the steps that lead into the waterfall area, my uncle was being goofy while I was taking some pictures.

 

Bravo

This little area was set up probably for a wedding or something.  My brother and cousins sat down on our way past and randomly started applauding.

 

Restroom

Yes, I think this was the restroom in Maymont Park.  Pretty classy.





Next Stage

17 10 2008

I finally developed the rolls and got to see how the pictures were turning out, and I was really pleased that they didn’t completely suck.  So, I guess that gave me confidence to start venturing out with the manual cameras some more.  I also picked up a fisheye lens from ebay.  The quality of it is highly questionable, but it still makes for some pretty interesting shots.

Well-Lit

Well-Lit

Feb 2008

This is def one of my favorite pictures.  I drove around one night with my camera and a tripod that I bought from CVS, which completely sucked and ended up breaking.  I was experimenting with taking night shots and I took a bunch of pictures of the Richmond skyline.  For this one, I ended up next to the James River, over the hill from the Hollywood Cemetary.  I think this picture really mixes that eerie element with the downtown feeling that makes this part of the city unique.

Incomplete

Incomplete

Mar 2008

I hyped up Philly so much at home that my family wanted to check it out.  So, during spring break, we all took a road trip up for a few days.  Here, we ended up at Penn’s Landing, which was great, but just extremely cold this time of year.  I couldn’t be in the group picture, so my mom saved a spot for me 🙂

Love/Hate

Had Enough

Mar 2008

The cold was really starting to get to everyone.  Shortly after this, we were finally on our way back home after an interesting weekend roadtrip with the family.

Fishy

Fishy

Mar 2008

Dahman usually becomes a regular subject in my photography, because he’s generally around whenever I feel like experimenting with anything.  The day I got my fisheye lens, I ran up into his room and got really close to his head with it, and got him to turn around.  I quickly snapped this picture, which probably caught him off guard, he was in the middle of writing some paper.

Light Balls

Light Rail

Mar 2008

On another night of adventurous photography, I ended up near the river again and took this picture of a guardrail.  The lights in the background are from streetlamps that illuminate the ramp for the highway in the distance.





Fallin Downtown

14 10 2008

Project Downtown is a wonderful little program that MSA National started promoting a few years ago.  The basic idea is to have students gather together in areas that have a strong need for community service, especially with distribution of food.  VCU’s MSA started a Project Downtown chapter in downtown Richmond, where they would feed an average of 40-50 individuals in need every Friday afternoon in Monroe Park.  This was a great initiative for the community and for the students.  I liked to go and take pictures of everyone each week, as a practice to help improve my photography and to document the work that was being done by the community.  Here are some of my favorite pictures from PD.

 

 

Cupcakes

Cupcakes

12/7/07

Uzair finishes up some cupcakes made by one of the volunteers, while Oat stands behind him and works on a few of hiw own.  Monroe Park is full of trees that shed their leaves in the fall season, covering the ground with this beautiful golden layer.  There’s usually always an excess of food, and the volunteers are always happy to offer their services in helping finish the leftovers…

 

 

Why Me?

Why Me?

11/30/07

I snapped a picture of Jamal while he was protesting me taking his picture.  Sorry, buddy.

 

 

Rockstar

Rockstar

2/8/08

Tayeeb sportin some slick shades in the park.  Too bad we’re already standing in the shade…

 

 

Cathedral

The Old & The Fresh

9/21/07

In one of the most historic parts of the city, Sarwar stands at the edge of the park, in front of a cathedral and the Landmark Theatre.  

 

 

Opportune

Opportune

9/21/07

Weekly PD gatherings became a social occasion for the MSA at VCU.  So much so, that the leaders of the organization, like president Zaynah (right), would often have to come to the park during PD to find members she needed to contact for various reasons.  Here, she speaks with Saba, who was responsible for arranging the iftars for the month of Ramadan for the MSA that year.  

 

 

Solemn Retreat

Solemn Retreat

11/9/07

Muhammad heads out after one of the PD days in Monroe Park.  Behind him, a group of MSA girls is still gathered and continues to socialize after the work is all done.  On his way out, he passes under trees that have shed their leaves, covering the ground along his exit with a colorful arrangement.

 

 

Decorated Hands

Decorated Hands

10/12/07

Shortly after Eid, Zakia stands in the park after PD with henna on her hands.  Girls will typically have their hands decorated in celebration of this holiday.

 

 

Trick'd

Trick'd

9/21/07

The group gave each volunteer nametags to help them better interact with the individuals they distributed food too.  Someone played a prank on Sarwar and wrote up a classic nickname instead.