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In this Issue
Letters to Editor/Readers 'feedback on 1st Issue 3rd Eye
Do you Want This
G laci er To Be Your Wife?
Glacier Marriages - An old water conservation tradition in Northern Areas of Pakistan.
Muhammad Ismail Khan
An isolated Beach Front near Karachi
The World Through My Eyes
A visit to Venice
and Murano Island, Italy
Dr. Kiran Nasir
A land of Saints and educated people
Muzaffar H Bukhari
The Lost Tribe
A story from
The Hindukush Mountains
Tips and techniques on macro photography
lisliea ,wildlife P
After inordinate but at the same time, unavoidable delays, the second Issue of 3rd Eye is finally out - in front of you. Why it took so long, is a genuine question that everyone of you might be thinking of Well, a couple of reasons. The most important ones were; (i) delay in receipt of material from the contributors, crashing of my hard disk causing loss of about six ready-to-publish articles, (ii) malfunctioning of my Windows as a result of some virus attack, and (iii) last but not least, problems with desktop publishing software (Coreldraw). It was really like a nightmare. To cut the story short, I got this problem fixed after trying about 15 different CDs of Coreldraw. It took much of the time.
The feedback of the readers on the first Issue of 3rd Eye from across the globe was overwhelmingly encouraging. It was simply unbelievable. I, on behalf of the whole magazine team thank you all for this encouragement and commit to continue bringing more interesting and informative stuff for you in our future Issues as well.
Some of the readers were so excited that they voluntarily offered their services for the magazine. In this Issue, you will see many new names in writers as well as in the advisory board. These are the people who got inspiration from the 1st Issue. Of those, Ms. Caroline Watsonfrom UK volunteered herself for the magazine as a Copy Editor. With her involvement, we hope to improve the quality of the magazine manifolds. Similarly, Dr. Kiran Nasir from Karachi, offered to manage a new series of international travelogues with the name of "The World Through My Eyes". The first story "A travel to Venice and Murano Islands" under this theme is also written by her.
Some of the writeups received for this issue could not be included this time due to one reason or the other. However, all such material shall appear in the 3rd Issue of the 3rd Eye Insha 'Allah. This time, we plan to do it really on a fast-track. I personally apologize all such contributors whose material could not appear this time but it will be there in 3rd Issue in any case, rest assured.
Finally, thanks to all who contributed to 3rd Eye in any form, specially to Ms. Caroline Watson, on volunteering herselffor copy editing. She has been very cooperative and proactive and has literally acted as an ambassador of the magazine by referring it to a wide circle of his friends through Facebook etc. My thanks are also due to Dr. Kiran, for taking charge of the "World Trough My Eyes", and contributing the first story of the series. She also has been helpful in talent-hunting in our efforts to tap the new writers for the magazine.
This is allfrom the editor's desk. Please go through the magazine, and don't forget to provide your valuable comments/suggestions. Cheers.
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Startling & beautiful photographs that will make you see Pakistan a-new. Who knew that the world biggest fort was in Pakistan? I Or the sheer range of wildlife to be found here. This is the terrific e-magazine of the Pakistani Photographers Association. I am incredibly impressed - and I am not simply beingpolite.
The design was extremely professional, in fact I had printed out a couple of bits to read and had it in my bag when I met afriend on Saturday. She used to workfor Borders (bookstores) and she commented on the presentation and said (as I had thought) that it wouldn't have looked out of place on the glossy magazine shelf there. I hope very much Third Eye will find its way there one day. The content too, I thought, was original and professional, and the spirit it had been created from inspiring I I look forward to the next edition - please send me the link when it is out. Among almost all of the content, I liked the Bhong mosque article; the "biggest fort" was fascinating; and I definitely want to go to those mudsolcanoes! I really liked the original angles - theater photography, etc, not just the usual places. Nice to have a female voice in there too, anaas I really respected the book The Dancing Girls of Lahore, I enjoyed that article a lot. I
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Do you take this
By Muhammad Ismail Khan
Glacial morain of an unnamed Glacier at Khunerab Pass
agriculture; some of the important fruits are apricots, almonds, , apples, peaches, walnuts and mulberries. In recent years, fruits and nuts have become an important source of income for the villagers. The farming activities thus depend a lot on irrigation, as rainfall is low and erratic, and over the years farmers have been using increasing amounts of water to irrigate their crops, thus affecting the downstream flow of water. At the same time, sustained deforestation, degradation of pastures, declining woodland and biodiversity, soil erosion and unorganized urbanization, as well as mining practices, plus the phenomena of global warming, are all taking their toll on mountain watersheds in the upland.
Soaring populations both in the mountains and on the plains continue to press demand for fresh water, and conflicts over water rights are a real threat in the mountain as well as in the plains. Effective conservation of mountain ecology and promotion of sustainable harvesting of water is emerging as one of the maj or challenges facing us in the upcoming years. Our ability to feed growing numbers of people largely rests on an economy based on judicious use of water for life. The lowland regions serve as vital catchments for the Indus River, upon which much of the country's agriculture and hydroelectricity depends so heavily. Around 90% percent of the lowland flow of the Indus originates in the mountains of the Karakouram and Western Himalaya. The mountains of Northern Pakistan are thus in the true sense 'water towers' for the rest ofthe country.
The World's Highest Battleground
The region contains the most significant glacier systems outside the poles, including the 72-kilometre-long Siachan glacier, famous for reasons other than being a water reservoir. The armed conflict between India and Pakistan since the late '80s has placed this glacier on the world map as the world's highest battleground. One can imagine the subsequent depletion and damage to the fragile glacier caused by over a decade of bombings. Other well-known glaciers situated in the region like Biafo, Hispaer, Batura, Baltoro, Gasherabrum and Chomolungma Chogolungma are also reportedly retreating at a high rate due to multiple reasons including global warming.
Although naturally formed, large glaciers are a gift from God and there might be no way we could recreate the centuries -old processes of gradual accumulation. However" breeding glaciers could be more than a symbolic option - ; it will generate interest and public awareness for the sustainable use of rapidly vanishing water dripping from the mountains.
A Glacier in Khunjerab National Park
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Text and Photography: .'." Ameer Hamza ~ .. '
~ubarak Village may be the most popular beach name in Karachi V rt after French Beach but not many beachgoers actually are allowed in. We were allowed to and we had our day.
The author is a Karachi-based, frequently published freelance photo journalist, and a travel
photographer. He is also Regional Head ofPPA, Sindh Region. His work is mainly focused on people, culture, archeology, and travel documentaries. His work is exhibiting online at http://wwwjlickr.com/ameerhamza/ and he can be reached at email@example.com.
Mubarak Village belongs to an obscure pseudo-Islamic sect called Zikri, made famous by Zikri Daku of Lyari fame. The Zikris often called the Mahdavia are a branch of Islam concentrated in Makran, Balochistan (Pakistan and Iran), that follows the teachings of Muhammad Jaunpuri. Zikris do lot of things differently to orthodox Muslims. For one, their Hajj does not occur in Makkah but in fact they have their own Kaaba at Koh-e-Murad (Mountain of Desire) located in Turbat, in Baluchistan. However, www.wikipedia.org suggests that Zikris perform Hajj at both places - in Mecca as well as at Kohe-Murad. Secondly, their prayers take place in a room called Ibadat Khana and they don't have to pray namaz; in fact they prostrate and perform their own prayer called Zikir-e-E1ahi. Muslims belonging to other sects are not welcome in here as they consider their places of worship pak (clean) and as only Zikris themselves are considered 'pak', only they may enter. But being primarily Ba1uch, they may allow mehmaans (visitors) for the sake of respect, if not religion.
The Glass Museum of Murano Island, The Museo Vetrario
Church of San Mary & Donato
Old and Rusty - But Beautiful
From these vantage points, you'll be awed by the magical beauty. It is filled with palaces and art, fine shopping and excellent food. Relax in Piazza San Marco, visit the basilicas, and wander the alleyways and bridges. Consider an off-season trip to have more of the city to yourself. Anywhere you want to reach, you need to walk so wear comfortable walking shoes.
Restaurants in Venice are famous for their culinary skills, especially for their fish specialities. Beware of the prices and the hidden charges.
The classical Venetian boat is the Gondola, although it IS no", mostly used by the tourists, or for \\ eddings, funerals, or other ceremorues. The gondola IS the only boat in the w orld which, being just l l-mcicrs long and \\ cighing more than 600kg c: n b tccrcd ith : gilit_ . n I a: inc b_ j I tone be)
Murano traditional Vase Music on the gondola ride is magic. Most Venetians now travel by motorised waterbuses -Vaporetti, which ply regular routes along the major canals and between the city's islands. Many gondolas are lushly appointed with crushed velvet seats and Persian rugs. Gondoliers 'i!II~"1iIjI
typically charge between 80-100 Euros for a 35-minute -----"',~
"giro" or excursion around some canals. The city also has many private boats. Visitors can also take the private ".~
water taxis between areas of the city, and to visit different islands. They charge you a fortune, but give privacy and luxury. If you visit Venice, then it's a must to
visit The Murano Island. Murano is the most famous of L..- ....;....:;.______;;, _ ___;,_---:
the Venetian Islands, and the most visited, courtesy of the famous glass masters that produce the popular "Murano Glass". The people and glass since the 1 Oth Century. Fans of glass should also plan a visit to the Glass Vetrario, where you can see exquisite pieces and understand more about the process and Venice. You should also consider the nearby Church of Saints Mary and Donato (Santi which boasts a magnificent mosaic pavement laid down in the 12th Century.What made special? They were the only people in Europe who knew how to make glass mirrors. They technologies such as crystalline glass, enamelled glass (smalto), glass with threads multicoloured glass (millefiori), milk glass (lattimo), and imitation gemstones made
glass, hand-blown by .,....-.~~-_ authentic glass masters, is generally very expensive. Murano is still an exporter of traditional products like mirrors and glassware, and its factories produce modem items such as faucet handles, glass --------...--.c:-- __ :F"'=ii._.------i lampshades, and electric chandeliers.
One of the main reasons behind the charms of Venice is the fact that it seems to be floating upon the waters ofthe
lagoon. However, the
Murano s traditional vase dark truth is that the city is actually sinking and has been for centuries. Venice has always lived on borrowed time; it is a city that should not exist - a whimsical maze of heavy marble palazzo and churches built upon ancient wooden piling sunk into a salt marsh. It is a wonder that Venice
survived to the present day to face a threat that may finally end the life of this faded beauty: rising sea levels due to global climate change and warming.
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A unique Land of Saints and Educated people
Text and photos by: Muiffar H. Bukhari
The author is a development professional, an eco-tourist, and an amateur photographer, with particular interest in wildlife and nature photography. He canbereachedat passionatephotog@}zotmail.com
Hazrat Umar Shah sahib was an Wildflowers on Aliabad-Hajipir Road
established Islamic scholar, who had
command over Arabic, Persian and
Urdu languages. He has the honour of having written the first ever commentary (Tafseer) of the Quran in Persian in the history of Islam. It is stated that about 200 years ago, the then Raja ofPoonch State gifted the land of Jabbi Sayyedan on lease to Hazrat Sahib in recognition of his spiritual status and the miracles associated to him.
The people of Jabbi Sayyedan are How to reach there: very intelligent and educated. Their
religious background is probably the Jabbi Sayyeden is accessible from Islamabad via road through four different most important factor for an routes. One is Islamabad/RawalakotiKhaigalalHajira/Abbaspur/Mehmood unprecedented literacy rate (100%) Gali/Forward Kahuta. The second route is: Islamabad/Kahuta/Azad prevailing in the village. Saadat-e- PattaniPalandri/Trarkhal/Hajira Abbasspur/Mehood Gali/Forward Kahuta. Jabbi are into diversified professions The third route is: Islamabad/Murree/Kohala/DhirkotiBagh/Dullil and are scattered throughout the Lassdanna/Mehmoood GalilForward Kahuta. And the fourth route follows country. Many of them are teachers, the third one except that from Lasdanna Top one should take a road turning Islamic scholars, and writers. Other left leading to Forward Kahuta via Shero Dhara/Haji Pir/Aliabad and Halan professions include: public service Shumali. This is the most beautiful route as the snake-like winding road employment, medical, law and passes through high mountains and thick forests. One can enjoy the justice, armed services, banking, magnificent view ofPir Panjal Range while travelling on this route. Buses, journalism, nuclear science, coasters and Toyota vans ply between Islamabad and Forward Kahuta on a development, showbiz, fine arts, and daily basis following the first route. No vehicles ply on other three roads information technology. A small directly from Rawalpindi/Islamabad. From Forward Kahuta one can hire jeep number of people are into agriculture to go to J abbi via Soli.
Shero Dhara and Bissali Tops as seen from Neelfarry
Ptr Panjal Range
A vie.., f,-om SedorlTop
A trekker, at 2nd Bedori Top
View of Nullah Betaard and Digwar Town - the bordering village at the Line of Control in Poonch Sector
Zooming in on Poonch City in Indian-Held Kashmir
A 270 degree panorama of Hill an Valley
View of Indian-Held Kashmir from Haji Pir Pass
Looking at Qazi Nag Range in Indian-Held Kashmir - from West of Haji Pir Pass
At a distance of about 20km from Haji Pir Pass, Lasdanna is a beautiful station on top of a hill at an elevation of 8,473ft. The place offers captivating scenes and a wide-open view of the surrounding area and its natural beauty. From Lasdanna, three roads branch off the main road: i.e. Lasdanna Mahmood GalilForward 1..._i;.._~:c ..... ~~~~nlJll'~';4i4~~ Kahuta; Lasdanna/Haji Pir/ Aliabad/F orward Kahuta; and Lasdanna/TolipirRa walakot. Lasdanna to Tolipiris ajeepabletrack.
A few kilometers short ofLasdanna is r....;::..;;=-J the Shero Dhara - a peak with an -~--------elevation of about 1 O,ft. You can reach
Shero Dhara Top through a one and a
half hour hike from the main
Lasdanna-Haji Pir Road. The top is
the second highest peak in the
neighboring area - the highest peak is
Bissali which is another one and a half
hour's hike away from here. One can have a 360-degree wide view of the area from this top. Bedori Top, Keran Top, Sar, and a long range of Pir Panjal mountains are visible from this place.
Lasdanna Top and Dhulli Nullah as seen from trek to Shero Dhara
A rest house is available at Lasdanna for stay. The room charges are very nominal - Rs.600 per night. Reservation is made through the Tourism Officer, AK Tourism Department, District Bagh.
. hero Dhara and Bissali Tops from Lasdanna Rest House
The Lost Tribe
Text and Photography:
Kalash is located approximate 36 km, two drive away on the south side ofChitral City, in the foot of Hindukush mountains near Afghan
Border. The road is very rough and scenic. Chitral consists of three valleys namely Bumburet, Rumbur, and Birir. The total population of this tribe, in all three valleys, is approximate 4,000. They have a unique culture, which is different from the other tribes living in
the surrounding area. They speak Kalash language but majority of them can speak and understand Urdu and Pashtoo as well.
According to Kalashis, some of the soldiers of l '. Alexander the Great (B.C 327) who got fed up Ii with fighting and bloodshed, deserted and hid themselves in these mountains. The present Kalashis are said to be the descendants of those Greek soldiers. Researchers from Greece regularly visit this place. They have setup many schools and health units in this area. Greece has also provided aid and built a museum in Bumburet.
The high mountains of Hindukush have helped preserve their culture and traditions for centuries. In the late 70s, a road was built connecting Kalash valley to Chitral city, which was a blessing for the locals as well as the tourists. After the road's construction, the tourists began to visit Kalash quite frequently and this beautiful valley, its local community, and the mysteries associated to the people and culture ofKalash became known to the outer world.
For those, traveling to Chitral by From To Road condition Duration
Road, a table is presented to show
different towns en-route to
Kalash Valleys and the travel Islamabad Mardan Motorway 2 hour
time required for moving from Mardan Shergarh Block-top Road 2 hour
one place to another. The travel Sakha Kot
times are applicable for self- Dargai
Timergara Dir Black-top Road 1.5 hour
Dir Lawari Top Well maintained jeep able 4 hours
Darosh track. Cars can be used too
Darosh Ayun 80 % is mateled road, 20 % 1 hour
track is jeep able
Ayun Bumburet Maintained Jeep able track but 1 hour
cars can also travel Ethics of
Focus stacked two photo to keep both bugs in sharp focus. Lens used: 100 macro lens
What is Macro Photography? Essentially it means taking photographs of really small things.
Macro photos are shot at 1: 1 or at higher magnifications like 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x etc. 1: 1 means life size picture ofthe subject i.e at 1: 1 magnification your subject will cover whole imaging area (film or sensor) of digital camera. This is usually applicable on DSLR cameras and magnification ratio is determined by the lens you use. In Point and Shoot cameras there is so called macro mode that helps user to focus at close distance but it has far less magnification than 1 : 1
For DSLR users looking to buy a macro lens, if you shoot a lot of insects, etc, get 1 OOmm or another aboverange macro lens. If you are limited to flowers, etc, a 50- 60mm range will be just fine. The image-stabilized macro lens by Canon or VR macro lens by Nikon are also in the market but they are tested useless for high magnification shots. Sigma and Tokina are great third-party options. They all provide 1: 1 or IX magnification and you can add extension tubes if you want to increase magnification. These lenses are great for portraits too. Prices range from 400$ to 1000$ depending on the focal length and image-stabilization options.
People who want to rock the world at 5X magnification should get Canon's MP-E65. This specialized lens costs around 800$ and lack focusing at infinity this makes it useless for other purposes.
Macro photography is an extremely vast topic with tons of things to talk about including mathematics and endless accessories. The above article is based on my own observations, expenence and
While talking about wildlife photography in Pakistan, the first name that comes to the people s mind is none other than Ghulam Rasool Mughal - an accomplished, and widely known
nature / wildlife photographer in Pakistani photographers community. He is not only an outstanding photographer, but also a very good bird watcher, and his bird identification capabilities are unquestionable.
In 1st week of March 2010, Mr GR Mughal held a solo exhibition of his work on nature and wildlife photography in a gallery in Karachi. This display was rightly titled as "The Window to Wildlife of Pakistan ". The exhibition got an overwhelming response from the general public as well as the photographic community of Karachi.
At this occasion we managed to have an interview session with him. The interview aimed at letting the readers of the 3rd Eye know more about him. So here we go.
3rd Eye: You seem to be focused as we don't see other forms of Why so?
GR: Its just because of chance my whole photo
3rd Eye: If you photography choice, and
.restricted to do either avian apes? What would be your
most challenging thing about wildlife photographing?
the bird. A shot which actually describes the bird's individual qualities in the wild. hunter
close encounter" with a dangerous animal in an attempt to get the perfect photo?
kids came in my pathway and the
I was photographing the blue faced barbet in Margalla Hills, a female wild boar with d towards me then suddenly I picked up a big stones and crashed it over the stony ofthe hit distracted that female and I was saved on that day.
3rd Eye: What do you think ofthe wildlife photography at present and where do you see it in next five years?
GR: Wildlife photography is the most desirable form of photography right now to create awareness and educate the people about its beauty and the charisma. I want to have a production house platform to do work for educating the general public. I want to see myself established in wildlife photography to represent the true picture of Pakistan's unique bio-diversity.
3rd Eye: How many wildlife shoots you do you in a year - on average?
3rd Eye: What is your favourite wildlife place, and why?
GR: Khunjarab and Deosai plains. The wildlife and the species you see there are very much restricted in those areas. Top ofthe world, above tree line, perfect wilderness
3rd Eye: Which is your most favourite picture from your own portfolio, and why?
GR: A mating pair of white winged redstart that I captured in Khunjerab National Park. The courtship of this bird is so unique in style and it was snowing at that moment. Normally, this species lives and is restricted above the tree line. That rare scene made the image kind of "Picture of the tour" indeed.
3rd Eye: What are the basic essentials of wildlife photography?
GR: Patience, peace from inside, observation and lot of knowledge about the subject so that you may improvise the behavior of the particular subject. Extreme physical fitness and the art of using camouflage and good equipment to work with in ~xtreme weather conditions are also extremely f
3rd Eye: Do you do any research prior to going out on the field? How important it is.
GR: Well that depends what I am going to shoot. ... for birds photography, I would go for 800 mm or 600 mm but for mammals and large animals I would prefer to use 400 mm lens. For landscapes I would go for 16-35mm and 70-200 mm.
GR: It is more important than doing photography 3rd Eye: If you had to choose one lens which one would it be
itself, I think and why?
3rd Eye: Is it important to study a lot about species' behavior to get the perfect shot?
GR: Yes of course, it is very much important to study and know everything about the specific species because you cannot get the best shot of that species if you do not know the habits and the ways of your subj ect.
3rd Eye: Many people believe that "the gun matters more than the man behind the gun". What is your view on this? Please elaborate for our readers.
3rd Eye: Other accessories required for wildlife shooting? GR: A fast and dependable camera body, a sufficient focal length of the lens, a lot of battery power and storage capacity. A sturdy tripod and drab colored clothes with a head cover according to the location
3rd Eye: Do you plan on buying any new equipment and if so GR: Though, the man behind the gun matters more what do you have your eyes on?
than the gun but then the "gun" should be a gun.
You cannot fire a canon ball with an air gun. GR: Well right now I don't intend to buy any other equipment
b~t I will buy a new camera lion)', Canon~OS ID Mark IV 3rd Eye: What equipment you generally take along with Canon EF 800 mm Lens. with you when you are in the field?
GR: Well it depends whether I am going on a car of walking in hills. Usually, I take only two cameras with two lenses and a tripod only to do my job when I am trekking but I carry the whole stuff when I am traveling in a car.
3rd Eye: Are you a freelance photographer, OF you work for some organization?
GR: Well I work for WWF-Pakistan. However, I do other assignments as well as a freelance photographer.
3rd Eye: From the carrier point of view, what are the future 3rd Eye: What brand of camera and lenses you prospects for a Wildlife Photographer in Pakistan?
personally like, and Why?
GR: I like Canon because it is much easy and user friendly and the pro-controls can be accessed even without moving your eye from the scene. Apart from that, fast and accurate focus, power and speed of frames offered by Canon produce images of unmatched quality.
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GR: Well, photography as a whole is not yet recognized in our art institutions and the prospects are limited till the time photography is duly regarded as a form of art. Wildlife photography is much more challenging, demanding and at times, dangerous as well due to the criminal and un educated people in our society.
down straight from a rock and got injured 3rd Eye: What is the minimum required my left leg and finger tips of both hands. gear to start with wildlife shooting? With bleeding fingers and trembling legs, Please consider the budget factor as well. I completed the sequence. I would have
died in an instance, had i not left the GR: Any camera with at least 300 mm camera and held the sharp edge of the lens and a tripod.
3rd Eye: Do you have your own website 3rd Eye: Your unforgettable experience in or blog? Can you share the link for our the field, and why it is so?
It was during Makran Coast
GR:_ www.ghulamrasool.com Assignment. I was traveling along the beach,
from west bay Gwadar to Jiwani. I saw few Humpback Dolphins playing in the waves very close to the beach. I was improvising their surfacing movements to capture one good shot. After 45 minutes of continuous chase in the waves with my lens, I was almost exhausted but in the last moment, a young
Humpback Dolphin came into my frame, 3rdEye: Thanks for your time OR.
3rd Eye: And the last but not the least, if you are assured that your one wish will
be fulfilled, what it would be ?
GR: This interview shouldn't have been this much long ... (laughter)
The exhibition "Window to Wildlife of Pakistan" in photographer's own words:
"This exhibition is A journey of transforming my soulful experiences into reality. Whether it was the lonely starlit night in the deserts of Cholistan or the eagles flying over frozen rivers of Baltistan, the first light falling on the snow covered Himalayas or the vast fields of millions of wild flowers in Deosai, whether it was the song of the nightingale in the early hours of twilight in Hingol or the sound of the gushing springs in Palas valley. countless such close experiences with nature spoke to my heart saying; 'its all here' ... telling me that the answer of all my questions is written here .. .1 just had to, ponder and contemplate and reflect them for others to know the truth. I have afirm belief that these signs of nature are in fact telling us everything related to very reason of our existence and the ultimate destiny awaiting us. "
made a big splash and jumped out and landed into the sea. This jump made a 180 degrees rotation and I was lucky enough to capture it in 14 frames with high speed camera. I turned off the camera after that and started shouting Ioudly .. .It was the most memorable moment of my life.
3rd Eye: What advice do you have for somebody who wants to become a nature and specifically wildlife photography?
GR: Observe the subject before you take pictures, Don't think that you have taken the best shot so keep on trying for the best shot which satisfies you. Wear relatively grey clothes without flourescent or sharp colored markings. Talk less and listen more. Eat less and see more.
A view from Hilltop
Indus Highway from Dera Ismail Khan to Sheikh Badin Hill lies on the east ofPezu 1,400m above sea level, a 2-hour drive Khan and an hour's rough drive from
from Pezu is very rough and steep and vehicle. You can also get a ride from classic cars take almost 600Rs one- 6 to 8 hours from the oasis town of views, and this is recommended.
mountain Sheikh Badin was named after . Zakariya, a great Sufi saint of his times went there for preaching Islam; while some the hill is named after Pir Sheikh Bahauddin, is right on the hill top and attracts devotees from throughout the year. Later on, the name changed ~1;i.1AHBahauddin to Sheikh Badin .
.... U .. 'lAH Badin Hill has quite interesting historical importance,. It happened to be one of the cantonments of the British era. The British came here somewhere around in 1861 and left in 1914.
Signboard of Sheikh Badin National Park
libah'" Google earth Map f the Park I
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Zig-zag track leading to Sheikh Badin Hill
Text By: Haroon Mustafa Photography: Muzaffar H. Bukhari
Rows of pillars, crowned by a ribbed dome.
atas is derived from katakshel, which in Sanskrit means chain of tears. Katas is some 18km from the modern city of Chakwal (Punjab). The Katas site houses the Satgraha, a group of seven ancient temples, remains of a Buddhist stupa, several medieval temples, havelis and some recently constructed temples, scattered around a pond considered holy by Hindus. The temples at Katas are mostly constructed on square platforms, and the elevation of these shrines seems to form a series of cornices with small
Damaged balconies in one of the temples
The Ramachandra temple is situated to the east of the Hari Singh Haveli and is closed from all sides except for an entrance on the east. The doublestoried structure has eight rooms of I various dimensions on the ground floor and a staircase at the south leading to the first floor. The temple I
has two jharokas (balconies) that I..,=-~
have been severely damaged.
The Hanuman temple is on western extreme of a high I
rectangular enclosure with entrances on the south and the north. The temple's ceiling is undecorated and
View of Katasraj Complex from a temple stop
Archeological beauty of Katasraj complex
A wider view of Katasraj complex
Muzaffar H. Bukhari
Kenny Irwin is an American artist born to a large family in 1974. Kenny is an artist by birth, with particular interest in; calligraphy, ball pen drawing, robotic art, sculptures, light show & Pakistani Starfleet Series including dozens of other art mediums.
Ball point drawing by Kenny
Although an American by birth and nationality, Kenny is a true Pakistani by soul. His love to Pakistan and its culture seems to be more than that of an ordinary Pakistani. He does believe in Pakistani culture very much. In his own words; "It has been a part of me ever since I was practically born. How this has happened is a mystery. When I was about six years old, my father played Pakistani music in his car for me. As he did so, something clicked and Ifelt as if something was missing so far, that was a part of my soul. "
As Kenny grew, so did his art as well. Pakistani influence has been in his art to one degree or another throughout his life. Along with this came his reversion to Islam despite going to eight years of catholic school. Around the tum of the century Kenny invented The Pakistani Starfleet Series and developed it further more over the years. Today the series comprises more than 1,000 drawings, adjoined short st@ries & long stories. You can see his more recent work at www.flickr.comlphotoslkennvirwinlsetsI721576044765471921
Kenny has also created two Pakistani Starfleet short films onJoutube, www.voutube.comJWlatch?v=-08XJuhnEC¥.
Kenny explains the premise of The Pakistani Starfleet story as: ''An alien invasion plagues the world where the greatest military powers cannot stop the alien invasion until out of the most unexpected corner of the globe the Pakistani people rise up with
technology gifted to them by crash landecJ.illiens they helped befriend centuries
Kenny's Bic Ball point pen drawings have similar influence with traditional and futuristic aspects. wwwwjlickr.comlphotoslkennyirwinlsetsl720575940974964781
Kenny has been drawing with nothing but a bic ball point pen for the last few decades. Much of the subject material is captured from his own dreams. Today there are well over 1,000 total drawing in which some have been featured at the AVAM, Baltimore.
Pakistani influence is present all of his work including; drawing, robotics, sculpture, art installation, painting and much more.
Sr.No. Distinction Year
1 Artwork featured at 2008-09
2 Artwork & light show 2004
featured on HGTV
3 Artwork & light show
featured on TLC
4 Won best of competition 1992
state wide Michigan Art
5 Won best of Show 1986
Coachella valley wide art
contest Photo: Ameer Hamza
Sultana: Did you study photography?
No, I have never done any study of photography, it's already in my blood. I totally believe in my own experiments though I consider myself as 'self-motivated' rather than 'self-taught'.
Sultana: Why is photography important to you?
Photography is very important for me. I cannot live without it as it's a tool of self-expression. I can easily express my feeling through it.
Sultana: Who or what influenced you to become a photographer?
Sultana: Do you believe in the expression "A picture is worth 1,000 words"? If yes, why do you believe?
Sultana: Do you think that a person must possess talent to capture emotions and expression in the picture?
Yes, I believe that the talent IS possessed inside the person.
Sultana: Does the price of a camera
affect the quality of the picture?
It's all about the time. In the past, we had only b/w film or slide film snaps but now we are on digital. Sometimes, I think the quality of the picture depends mostly on the photographer, the best gear IS nothing without a perfect photographer.
Women s life at Thar Desert
Yeah, I do believe in it. It's 100% true! Because sometimes it's difficult to express our feelings in words but it's an easy way to convey your message to others through a photograph.
Sultana: Do you have a favourite photograph?
Yes, I have many of my favourite photographs but the one which I like the most is from Thar Desert.
Sultana: Alright! So you
have been to Thar Desert, tell me something about that.
, Yeah! I have visited the Thar Desert of Pakistan twice. The
Thar Desert is just a unique place for its way of culture, people and lifestyle.
Inshallah! I will go again to take some more great shots of their daily life. I wish to visit the great Thar Desert ofIndia too.
Sultana: Do you think that society would have been
different if photography were not invented?
Hmmm ... It's a difficult one! But I think - yes! Society would have been different without photography.
What makes a good
photographer in your opinion?
In my opinion, the spirit, senses, emotions and the environment make one a good photographer.
Sultana: What do you enjoy photographing the most?
Most of the time I like to take portraits to capture people's expressions and also historical places, which I think may vanish in time.
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