Sun is Shining, Weather is Sweet..

16 05 2010

I’m not particularly big on Bob Marley.  This did seem like a fitting title for a post about Spring though, so…props Mr. Marley.  These are pics from the past few months of Spring.  There was plenty of great action from weddings, festivals and general hooliganry.  Enjoy 🙂

What Comes Next

Mohsin is a childhood friend and old neighbor who recently got married in Dayton, OH.  My family roadtripped to the ceremony at this baller convention center.  It was pretty impressive, here’s a picture of Mohsin and his baby sister waiting to begin.

Papadoc

My dad was kickin back in the hotel room after being the first to get ready for the wedding.

Floralwear

Adil was apprehensive about me taking a picture of him draped in flowers for fear of it showing up on the internet.  You were right, sorry.  I just really like the picture!

Scarved For Life

At the Intercultural Festival (ICF) at VCU in Richmond, Zee is rockin one of these retro Palestinian-ish scarves.  I doubt purple represents the struggle, but…whatever.  That is a fresh beard lineup though, I must say.

Heads

Mohsin stands out with his traditional Punjabi turban at his ceremony.  Here, he’s surrounded by friends and family before the procession enters the main hall.

Saba So Bright

Inside the main hall, towards the end of the ceremony, friends from our table were comparing items from their gift boxes.  I guess Saba was happy about all the goodies 🙂

Smörgåsbord of Culture

ICF takes place annually in Monroe Park, on VCU’s main campus.  This year, they had performances all day on two separate stages.  There were also food vendors and display tables for cultures from all around the world.  Here, students dressed in some cultural garb enjoy a performance.  How many cultures can you spot?

Maaaaaaz!

This is Maaaaaaz!

Play On PD, Play On

Project Downtown (PD) is an initiative we started back when I was at VCU.  The basic concept was to make food to distribute to the needy on a weekly basis, whilst reaching out and connecting with people to build positive relationships.  Thankfully, we were able to brand it as something fresh, as you can see from the ridiculously dope gear Hemy is rockin here.  They still carry on the legacy today, which is amazing to see.  There’s alot of good in it, inshaAllah they’re able to keep it up 🙂

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Winna Time: Out

4 04 2010

I finally upgraded back to a DSLR.  The same one I had before in fact, Pentax K10D.  So far, so good 🙂  Picking the same camera back up had its advantages, I didn’t need much time to adjust to it, pretty much got right into it and started taking pics I was happy with.  So, after a few months of collecting shots, I think I have enough to put together a nice, meaty post.  My updates are becoming almost seasonal aren’t they? I split the Winter updates into 2 posts, check em out.

Turkish Delight

We took a road trip to NYC in January for a concert at the Apollo, organized by IMAN.  It was an amazing show!  We got to hang in Brooklyn with Bilal for a few days and he took us to this great Turkish restaurant around his way.  Dahman intently gettin into the meal in this pic…

Dr. J

Dr. Jackson and Dr. Fareed came to the ADAMS Center for the Winter ALIM program recently.  I was asked to do photography for the event, this is one of the shots of Dr. Jackson teaching about….something?  I forgot.  It was heavy though.

You can view the rest of the event pictures on my Flickr page.

BK Bilal

You know when you’re traveling and you meet someone you’re staying with after a long absence, and they stay up really late to let you in, and you’re all just vibing and catching up, and there’s that happy/tranquil/satisfied feeling you get  because you’ve reached your destination, met with your friends/family and can finally rest?  This was in the midst of that type of encounter, at Bilal’s place in Brooklyn, around 5am.

Trainspotting

Amer, looking out for the train to Manhatten from Brooklyn.  Amer and I had a friendly photography competition, using pictures we both took during our NYC trip.  The theme was “Words” and we had a group of friends vote on the submissions.  Here’s my (winning) shot.  And Amer’s.  This is me rubbing in the fact that the vote was unanimous.

Dr. F

Dr. Muneer Fareed at the Winter ALIM event at ADAMS Center.  The ALIM summer intensive is an amazing program.  I had the privilege of attending 4 years ago and would highly recommend it to anyone that’s interested.  Dr. Jackson and Dr. Fareed are the core scholars for the program.  Here, Dr. Fareed is taking one of his usual pauses to let his gems marinate amongst the students.

Caught Red-Meated

The IMAN team hosted a lunch meeting with the volunteers from the IMAN DC initiative before the Apollo show at this nice restaurant in Harlem.  Amer’s sisters tagged along and sat in the corner…stuffing their faces.

I wasn’t able to take any pictures inside the Apollo of the event, but there were some real photographers doing their thing inside.  Here are some event pics from one of my favorite photographers:

Ridzdesign





Certified Wetards

21 06 2009

A few weeks ago, we took a road trip upto Jersey to compete in the Islamic Games.  Some genius thought it would be hilarious to name the team the VA Wetards.  Some other genius actually registered with that name, so we got stuck with it.  The entire time there, we regretted the decision and unofficially changed our name to just, “Virginia”.  Nice try.

We had an awesome time though, the tournament was pretty amazing, very well-planned and HUGE.  Lots of different sports.  Our soccer team got crushed, but on the upside, we had more time to visit NYC and Philly after being eliminated.  Alot of these pictures are from Bilal Mannan’s DSLR, which I was messing around with.  He’s got a Digital Rebel XT, pretty nice.  Made my shots come out much nicer than I expected.  I also threw in some film shots I took from that weekend.

Playa Stance

Victory Stance

Dahman and Bilal posing for the camera after we lost all of our games.  I took this laying down, hence the effect on the grass.  I think it looks pretty cool, that full-scale coverage.

Action Shot

Action Shot

We were trying to see if we could capture some action shots after the game.  I really like the way this one turned out, even though the focus is a little off.  This is def something I’d like to mess around with some more, we’ll see if I can improve this technique.

Notta Handme Down

Notta Handme Down

My bro was resting after the first game at Subway.  This lens was pretty crisp, feelin it.

Antie & Unkle

Antie & Unkle

This was actually from the Mother’s Day dinner at Food Corner, but I had the shot on another roll of film.  That’s one of the cool things about developing film, you see your pictures later and discover all the goodies that you forgot about.  I used to hate that, but now I really look forward to it.  It’s probably b/c I LOVE surprises 🙂

Bash In Defeat

Bash In Defeat

Bashar wasn’t taking the elimination from the tournament so well.  Actually, I don’t think he cared, we were all just really tired after playing.  On the upside, we had alot more time to act like tourists in NYC.  There’s always an upside.

Coach Boy

Coach Boy

Amer put together the whole trip and motivated the whole group to play in the tournament.  Big ups to him for putting in that effort.  This shot is part of a series of pre-game smiles and chuckles, while we were still suiting up.

No Shot

No Shot

Naushad, aka No Shot, was excited about the tournament.  This is in front of Mandarin in Springfield, where we met up before heading up to Jersey.  Great restaurant!  He really does have no shot though.  It’s quite sad.

Father n Son

Father n Son

Ok, so they’re not really father and son, but this pose makes me feel like they could be.

Blamanan

Blamanan!

We had a great time meeting up with Bilal again.  Anytime we go up North, seems like we end up crossing paths.  Very awesome.  Thanks to him for letting me use his camera and for passing along the shots that came from it.





Coolture Shock

19 05 2009

I feel like I start every post with talking about how I’m back after so long.  Maybe we can just assume that I will only post periodically, so I won’t feel the need to start out posts so apologetically.  Truth is, until I can upgrade to another DSLR, I’m using a 35mm SLR again, so I won’t be putting out as many pictures.  It’s funny, when I use film, I barely take any pictures, I get really calculated and precise about which shots I choose to capture – completely opposite from when I’m digital.  It’s cool though, I like how it forces me to be more patient when I’m shooting to wait for the best shot, and not snap until I see something I really want to capture.

So, here are some pictures from some events and outings I’ve been keeping busy with over the past few months.  I re-visited VCU for their Coffeehouse and Year-End Picnic.  I also took a trip to Philly again for the EZ Conference.  More recently, I got a chance to hang out with some friends and family around the area, I’m putting up some of those shots too.  Enjoy 🙂   

Strawberry Sunshine

Strawberry Sunshine

Farhan was conquering his fear of being in a boat by jumping in every canoe he could when we visited Old Town Alexandria’s harbor.  I love the color of the sunset in this picture.  I’m pretty surprised it actually came out with my film camera, didn’t think film was tight like that.  Sure showed me.  

Green Giant

Green Giant

Dahman loves that kafiyeh.  This is from Saad’s in Philly.  

Posh

Posh

Huma was chillin on that cool red couch at TT Lounge in Richmond.  Who else loves bubble tea?

 

Bilal #1

Bilal #1

Bilal was visiting Philly for EZ and we met up.  He knew I was there b/c of a Twitter update, pretty coooool!  

 

Droppin Knowledge

Droppin Knowledge

M.O.T., during a recording session at Dahman’s makeshift studio in Richmond.  He’s 1/3 of Symmetry Of Sound, check em out on myspace!  I manage the group, so please bear with the shameless promotions.

 

Shawarma Monster

Shawarma Monster

He may not look it, but boy can Amer eat!  Then again, who can really resist all that awesome food from Saad’s in Philly?

 

VT In Full Effect

VT In Full Effect

Some of that new classic VT crew, chillin in Philly at EZ.  Good kids.  Thanks for posing.

 

A La Gigglioteca

A La Gigglioteca

I ripped the caption from my brother.  We visited Food Corner for Mother’s Day.  Shawn was having himself a nice, wholesome gigglefest while we all waited for food.

 

Giggle At Me!

Giggle At Me!

More of the gigglefest from Food Corner.  Ali was really lettin those small, controlled chuckles let fly all over the place.

 

Frogger At Sea

Frogger At Sea!

Farrukh whipped out his Canon Rebel XT for some photog action at Old Town Alexandria.  Is town spelled with an ‘e’ at the end in this case?  Old Towne Alexandria?  Maybe.  Faizan was there too.  With his Nikon D90.  I was using a 35mm, and Farhan…well, he opted for the camera phone.  Did him quite well actually.

 

VA Connect

VA Connect

VT kids rolled to VCU for the Coffeehouse.  The group brought some great spirit to the event.  They wanted to take this picture so we’d have something to remember them by.  Good call.

 

Yogurt Inspector

Yogurt Inspector

For those adventurous enough to try, you know how some of those yogurt drinks are really good, but others are really horrible?  I can never remember which brand is which, so I always hesitate before buying any at a restaurant.  Amer was facing a similar crisis I presume, at Saad’s in Philly.  By the way, the one he’s holding is the good kind (just look out for a bottle shaped the same way).

 

Good Ol Days

Good Ol Days

Farhan and I went to college together for a few years.  This reminds me of him back at VCU.  Apparently, it also reminds some people of the mass immigration of Europeans to America in the early 1900’s.  I can see that too.

 

Hey, Boy

Hey, Boy!

Amer was hanging out outside the Penn Museum after EZ, in Philly.  Those cherry blossoms made for such tempting picture opportunities.  

 

Let The Fun Begin

Let The Fun Begin

Saad just graduated from college.  Congrats!  Now, you get to join the real world.  Sorry, dude, un-congrats.  Him and his family also came out to Food Corner for some Mother’s Day/Gigglefest celebrations though.  Giggle on, m’brotha!

 

The Beast

The Beast(s)

Look at that camera!  Actually, you’d prolly have a better view if it wasn’t covered in that plastic bag Faizan used to protect it from the rain.  Meanwhile, Farhan was dominating his *free* scoop of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.  It was free scoop day at Ben & Jerry’s, and we happened to be near one in Old Town(e) Alexandria, so we hopped into the line and grabbed us some.

 

S Effect in Effect

The S Effect in Effect

Sami a.k.a. The S Effect, was the official photographer for our trip to Philly for EZ.  We actually have the same camera (the one he’s holding).  Sometimes it’s nice to just sit back and chill instead of trying to constantly take pictures.  Having that film camera forces me to be more picky with my shots, so I get to spend more time and energy straight chillin.





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.





It Is, Na?

26 11 2008

Labor Day weekend, some friends and I took a road trip to Columbus, OH for the annual ISNA convention.  It was a decent trip, Columbus was surprisingly tight.  The conference was fun, all in all I’d say it was a good getaway.  

 

 

Footsie

Footsie

09/2008

Frog was chillin in the hotel room as we waited for everyone to get ready so we could head to the Convention Center.  

 

 

Diva

Diva

To his credit, Frog does not actually own that shirt, it belongs to his younger, more flamboyant brother, and he apparently grabbed it on accident before leaving for OH.  This meal was aight.  Nothing to rave about.

 

 

Keep On Rollin'

Keep On Rollin'

Ali wheels his luggage to the car on our last morning at the conference.  

 

 

Hey, MR!

Hey, MR!

Amir, aka Mujahideen Ryder, is a well-known Muslim blogger and a friend.  We got to meet up at ISNA and I ended up sitting behind him in one of the main session lectures.





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.