Saturday, April 9, 2016

Hope for Humans

When you share images of humans, you are making their stories come alive. You make them feel round and real enough to touch and to hug. In doing my 366-day photography project, it has been my goal to share my world with everyone. Today, I am dedicating this blog post to someone who inspires with his photographic eye. His name is Abdulhai Darya, and he uses gift for photography to capture the humans and the sights and the essence of Kabul, Afghanistan. At just 20 years old, Abdulhai has seen more than many of us do in an entire lifetime.

Abdulhai works with the Afghan Peace Volunteers, a group of youth that is dedicated to bringing peace to that war-torn nation. The organization has a website, titled "Our Journey to Smile." Here is the link to that website. Here is another website: Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers. The Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers are an amazing group of young people. They range in age from pre-teen to twenty-something. Their energy to create peace is very inspiring. 

Abdulhai uses black and white photography here to good effect. He captures the sole person walking down the street and the buildings.

Here, Abdulhai gives us a feeling for people, color, and life in Kabul. To me, this is a statement of hope, both for Afghanistan and for all humans.

These two boys must be up in a mountain. The background almost looks lunar. It is quite amazing! I love this photograph! It would make a great painting.

This face says it all. The radiant smile and the joy on this child's face say that, yes, there is hope for humans, as long as there are people who care as much as the Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers.

Thank you, Abdulhai, for your eye and for the images that you have been sharing. You are an inspiration!

7 comments:

Monick said...

These pictures are great. My favorite is the one with the balloons in the background. You're right, there's so much hope in that one.

Anna Jeanine said...

What beautiful pictures, Alice! Thanks for sharing his photography with us. You're right, it is a great way to engender hope.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Jeanine

My UBC post...
http://www.dailyspiritualpractice.net/blog/free-reading-what-story-is-calling-you

Alana said...

This man is an excellent photographer. I liked the balloon picture the most from a technical viewpoint but that mountain photo - vertigo! Reminds me of Humans of New York (check them out on Facebook if you aren't familiar with the site). We need more of this type of photographer. Shared!

Doug said...

Hi Alice,
It is great to meet you here on #blogboost.
I have read a few of your recent posts and am enjoying your pictures as well.
Thanks for sharing your insight and your camera's view of the world.
Do you find it a double challenge to be running the Ultimate Blog Challenge and the 366 day photo challenge at the same time?

Blog on!

Martha DeMeo said...

What beautiful photographs! I love the boys on the "mountain" and yes it looks lunar below. As usually, a great blog!

Jack V Sage said...

I enjoyed all of the photos, but I liked the little girl in the pink coat best, followed by the man and the balloons.

Alice Gerard said...

Thank you, everyone, for your comments. They are much appreciated. I am thrilled to be able to do two challenges at a time. So far, it is good, and I am so grateful for everyone who comes to visit. You're all awesome!!!

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