Following the recent publication of an exclusive piece Ismailis in China – A Travelogue with a Special Photo Collection by Ghulam Panjwani, we are happy to add more photos and images to the original collection, and publish it as a special photo essay at Simerg’s companion photo blog. Please click on the following link or image:
Muslim Harji shares his photos of “Robben Island”, where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years of his life, for the first time since he captured them some seven years ago. He decided to release them through this blog following the recent death of the great African freedom fighter and icon at the age of 95.
And forthcoming on New Year’s Day
…..WITH OTHER GREATS PIECES, JUST A CLICK AWAY
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Introduced by Malik Merchant
Publisher-Editor, Simerg and Simergphotos
Born in Woking, United Kingdom, Martin Bloomfield is a designer photographer and an expert in 3D animation. He has travelled the world over, and now lives with his family in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. Before leaving for Africa in 2012, Bloomfield spent some time in Ottawa where he took a series of powerful and stunning panoramic and 360° views of the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat Building.
His set of five panoramic photos of the Delegation Building along with their incredible 360° views are featured at 360cities and we are pleased to offer the links below, with permission from Steve Hercher.
A couple of notes: Once you are taken to 360Cities from below, you may then do the following (4 or 5 being the highlight):
(1) Click on HIDE CONTROLS to view a clear picture;
(2) Click on FULL SCREEN MODE to see your entire screen filled with the photo (ESC to get out);
(3) When all CONTROLS are displayed, use the magnifying feature (+ or -) for close-ups; and MOST IMPORTANT
(4) Use your mouse (or finger as applicable for the device) to rotate the photo in any direction by using the compass above the magnifying option. This outstanding and superb feature will provide you with an enriching experience of the building and its architecture. You may also use the magnifying option in conjunction with the 360° rotating compass ball for yet another perspective OR
(5) As an alternative to (4) you may Left click on your mouse and drag it in the direction you want to move.
The 360Cities website has stunning photographs from all around the world taken by Bloomfield and many others like him. Also during your visit to 360Cities please learn more about panoramic picture-taking by clicking on their informative links such as How to and so on.
An Enthralling Visit to the Ismaili Imamat’s
Delegation Building in Ottawa
The Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat – Exterior 1
The Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat – Exterior 2
The Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat – Exterior 3
The Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat – Interior 1
The Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat – Interior 2
Date posted: Tuesday, November 26, 2013.
Note: This piece is repeated at www.simergphotos.com
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Sussex Drive with some other connecting streets in Canada’s National Capital Region, makes up what is known as the Confederation Boulevard or the “ceremonial and discovery route”. Some of Canada’s most important institutions and landmarks including the residences of the Governor General and the Prime Minister are on Sussex Drive.
The newest addition is the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat Building which was opened by Prime Minister Stephen Harper on December 6, 2008 in the presence of the 49th Ismaili Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan. The photo essay provides a comprehensive overview of Sussex Drive. You will find out exactly where the Delegation Building is located and how it impacts the architectural landscape of Ottawa with its magnificent glass dome.
“The people everywhere were humble, friendly and welcoming. If you greeted them “Ya Ali Madad” they broke out in a big smile and hugged you. At the Jamatkhana in Shogore (and Booni) people could tell I was not a local, and they came one by one and met me without hesitation…”
Please click: Photo Essay: Chitral Through the Lens of an Eye Surgeon
Happy 146th Canada Day, and Looking Ahead to Two Iconic Celebrations in 2017 – Canada’s 150th Anniversary….
Canadians are already looking ahead at imaginative ways to celebrate its 150th birthday with the recent launch of 2017 Starts Now by CBC/Radio-Canada, VIA Rail Canada and Community Foundations of Canada. It’s a national conversation to incubate, ignite and inspire ideas for how to celebrate the country’s 150th anniversary. Recently, 12 conferences took place across Canada to begin imagining and planning the historic celebrations. A PDF guide on this imaginative planning can be downloaded by clicking on 2017 Starts Now – Conversation.
and His Highness the Aga Khan’s Diamond Jubilee
A few days after Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary on July 1 2017, Ismailis around the world will be marking the Diamond Jubilee of their current Imam, Mawlana Hazar Imam Shah Karim al Hussaini, His Highness the Aga Khan. Direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.s.), His Highness became the 49th Imam of the Ismaili Muslims on July 11, 1957, at the age of twenty.
As part of the current 146th Canada Day 2013 celebrations and the 56th Imamat anniversary, Simergphotos, the companion photo blog of this website, presents a photo essay from Rideau Hall with a link to a fine literary essay concerning His Highness the Aga Khan’s affinity for Canada. Please click on the image below or on The Celebration of Literacy at Rideau Hall; and His Highness the Aga Khan’s Fondness for Canada
The Maple Leaf
A 9-year-old Ismaili boy’s passion for space exploration finds truth in His Highness the Aga Khan’s visionary thoughts from the 1950s. Soon after becoming the 49th Imam of the Ismailis, Prince Karim visited East Africa and on several of his visits with Ismaili youths, he challenged them to think about the future and prepare for it by educating themselves well. In one of the meetings, he said, “if I say that your children are going to have a cup of tea on the moon, you will probably laugh. Well, fine, this is the way it should be, we laugh at it today but your children will not laugh at it.”
Qayl is 9 years old and recently met 10 Astronauts, talking to them, interviewing them and taking pictures. For the photo essay about his inspiring encounters, please click: