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The Camera Is Just An Excuse

Fri Mar 3, 2017, 1:28 AM

Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have - life itself.  <Walter Anderson>



When I read this quote, I felt that It was typified by the young lady below.

She has lost the use of both legs from polio and visits the shrine of Bari Imam to pay her respects and pray for spiritual strength and guidance.  She has to crawl on the stumps of her knees and hands and uses plastic sandals on her knee and hands to protect them from the hard ground and in this case the heat of the ground.  The temperature was close to 40C and even I could feel the heat burning through the soles of my shoes.  I was watching her have a lively conversation with somebody on the sidewalk and managed to capture her vivacious and broad smile. She puts us all to shame

Smiling In Adversity by InayatShah


I thought that I would do a journal about it and went through my works to select people that eptomise the quote.  With almost every image there was a story, an interaction that i could vividly recall.  Within each person I found a thousand inspirations, within each person I found a thousand reasons to feel humble, within each person I found a thousand reasons to be proud of each and every one.  Sometimes I feel, that when I take my camera out on the street, the pleasure is more of infusing into diverse and extraordinary humanity, than that of actually capturing the image.


Indignant Pride by InayatShah  Zombie Bride by InayatShah

Portrait Of Poverty  by InayatShah

Cheerful Children - II by InayatShah  Hoi An People - XI by InayatShah

Girl In The Shop Window by InayatShah  Visitor To The Shrine by InayatShah

Lil Darlin - VII by InayatShah

What Are Your Worries by InayatShah  Rats of Dolay Shah by InayatShah

Beach Hawker by InayatShah  That Is A Fancy Watch by InayatShah

Old Friends - I by InayatShah  The Three Musketeers by InayatShah

Burden On Old Bones-II by InayatShah

Looking Through The Barbs by InayatShah  School of Hard Knocks by InayatShah

Eyes Full Of Questions by InayatShah

All The Worries Of The World by InayatShah  Happy Handiwork by InayatShah

Young Girl Deep Thoughts by InayatShah  The Druggies Child - II by InayatShah

ShantyTown Scene - II by InayatShah

Story of Friendship - III by InayatShah  Life Is Rough by InayatShah

Lonely Lady by InayatShah  Cinderella - III by InayatShah

Contemplative But Not Cold by InayatShah  Home At Dusk by InayatShah

At least I'm Fed -I by InayatShah  Whats Cooking by InayatShah

Brick Kiln - IV by InayatShah

Hanoi Street - X by InayatShah


Sometimes, I feel, the camera is just an excuse.





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:iconglasslinger:
glasslinger Featured By Owner May 5, 2017  Professional Artisan Crafter
This is beautiful Inayat. I'm working my way through your journal..:) (Smile) 
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InayatShah Featured By Owner May 5, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :)
I also need to rework some of my older journals, improve the layout etc
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glasslinger Featured By Owner May 6, 2017  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'm no expert, but they look great to me. I think it'll take time away from your new work:D (Big Grin) .. 'good day Inayat..
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InayatShah Featured By Owner May 7, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
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vanndra Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
An amazing piece of work! Very powerful.
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InayatShah Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much
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vanndra Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome love-love-love by KitLightning
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Lust0fADeeperPain Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017
Very powerful and compelling images Inayat. The first one of the lady with no feet must be a rare person as she is able to keep a smile on her face in spite of it. And looking at that image makes me realize how lucky I am to have both my legs. I think people take a lot for granted in life. My mom used to say when you think your life is bad look around you. All these images tell a story. Thank you for sharing them with us. This is a remarkable journal. 

Just One Life by KmyGraphic
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InayatShah Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for appreciating and understanding the context of the journal. 

My apologies for the late reply (I was traveling for the most part of last week)
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Lust0fADeeperPain Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017
You are very welcome and that is okay do not worry about the late reply. We all get busy 
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Salemik Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017
Your pictures are always powerful and thought provoking. A window on the world for those of us who don't have the opportunities to travel to these places.
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InayatShah Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for your kind words and appreciation :P
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Batsceba Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017   Photographer
yes, sometimes, the camera is just an excuse
great photos and thought :blackrose:
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InayatShah Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
:)
Thank You
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glasslinger Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017  Professional Artisan Crafter
Beautiful work!..
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InayatShah Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you
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seppukuu Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017
This is a beautiful tribute to beautiful people. Thank you for capturing their lives in this way and sharing it with the rest of us.
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InayatShah Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for your very kind appreciation
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Pinedrop Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017
The quote is timely for me.  Thank you.  And I love your celebration of people.

My camera forces me to slow down and see my subjects--animals and nature--in more depth.  Otherwise I tend to dash along without really observing.

On the 20th of January I was in a black hole.  My daughter said, "Why don't you go out and photograph?"  So I did.  And it changed my focus completely so that all the negative thoughts disappeared.  The best therapy.  :-)
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InayatShah Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much ....
I hope that you will be away from black holes now ... and just keep your camera handy :P
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Pinedrop Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017
Black holes still intermittent as long as we have a crazy person in the oval office... but at least I know how to escape on occasion.  :-)
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InayatShah Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Just for you (

A Perv, A Con Artist and A Racist walk into a bar..

The Bar tender asks ... "What can I get you ?....... Mr President !!"

:P
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Pinedrop Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017
There's probably a few more appellations one could apply.  :-)  I keep asking myself how I can laugh about the shenanigans of Twitler but then I ask myself how can I not?
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InayatShah Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
TWITLER !!!!   ROFL ... Thats a new one for me
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