Daily Photo Project

The Project: In 2000, I wrote a poem each day for a year as a personal project to find beauty in the world around me. Now, 21 years later, I could do with some more art and beauty in my life. Most quotations are from the Bahá’í Writings. Format inspired by the nineteen day blog, and subsequent nineteen months website.

The Photos & Camera: Counterintuitively, constraints and limits can improve creativity and life in general. For this project, all photos are taken on an iPhone 6s, using only the stock Camera app. No filters are used, apart from the occasional “Mono” when I want to go for a black and white image. I’ll adjust the light and use the zoom (barely). These are set before taking the picture. Post-edits include cropping if needed… and that’s it. This simplicity helps me focus on the subject and the associated spiritual theme. “Instagram worthy” isn’t the objective.

Attributions: All photos are by Jeffrey Anvari-Clark. Note that this work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States License. Creative Commons License

dove

“O Lord my God! Long hath been the term of separation, and hard upon me the effect of deprivation! I, verily, yearn for the meads of Thy mercy even as a dove yearneth for a companion in its sylvan bower, wishing to behold Thy beauty in the World of Mysteries and to enjoy Thy pardon… Read More

three

“Each moon, O my belov’d, For three days I go mad; Today’s the first of these— ’Tis why thou seest me glad.” – Rúmí, quoted by Bahá’u’lláh, The Call of the Divine Beloved

path

“Wert thou to consider this world, and realize how fleeting are the things that pertain unto it, thou wouldst choose to tread no path except the path of service to the Cause of thy Lord.”– Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh

amass

“Would that the inhabitants of the world who have amassed riches for themselves and have strayed far from the True One might know who will eventually lay hand on their treasures; but, by the life of Bahá, no one knoweth this save God, exalted be His glory.”– Bahá’u’lláh, The Summons of the Lord of Hosts

after

“Behold how the manifold grace of God, which is being showered from the clouds of Divine glory, hath, in this day, encompassed the world. For whereas in days past every lover besought and searched after his Beloved, it is the Beloved Himself Who now is calling His lovers and is inviting them to attain His… Read More

tea

“Muḥammad-‘Alí would carefully consider every blessing that came his way. “How delicious my tea is today,” he would comment.” ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Memorials of the Faithful

rustling

“And what of the delights of these gardens—their exquisite grounds and gentle breezes, their purling streams, their soughing winds, their cooing doves and rustling leaves? … Alas for them! All have perished and are gone to rest beneath a canopy of dust.” – Bahá’u’lláh, The Summons of the Lord of Hosts

angle

“The American nation, of which the community of the Most Great Name forms as yet a negligible and infinitesimal part, stands, indeed, from whichever angle one observes its immediate fortunes, in grave peril.” – Shoghi Effendi, Citadel of Faith, 1954

gem

“Know, verily, that the soul is a sign of God, a heavenly gem whose reality the most learned of men hath failed to grasp, and whose mystery no mind, however acute, can ever hope to unravel.” – Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh

colored

“The world of humanity, too, is like a garden, and humankind are like the many-colored flowers.” – ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, 23 April 1912 at Howard University, Washington, D.C., from The Promulgation of Universal Peace

reflection

“Yea, the sunbeam falls alike upon the dust and the mirror, yet differ they in reflection even as doth the star from the earth: nay, immeasurable is the difference!” – Bahá’u’lláh, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf

lines

“…the lines were touching in the extreme, so that all who were there shed tears, and voices were raised in grief.“ – ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, describing the writing of the poet and coppersmith Áqá Muḥammad-Ibráhím in Memorials of the Faithful

scholar

“All men, not scholars alone, are exhorted to seek out and uphold the truth, no matter how uncomfortable it may be.” – The Universal House of Justice

seed

“Look ye not upon the present, fix your gaze upon the times to come. In the beginning, how small is the seed, yet in the end it is a mighty tree.” – ‘Abdu’l‑Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l‑Bahá

fruit

“Consider the trees: If they remain uncultivated, they bear no fruit, and without fruit they are of no use. But when committed to a gardener’s care, the barren tree becomes fruitful, and, through cultivation, crossing, and grafting, the tree with bitter fruit yields sweet fruit.” —‘Abdu’l‑Bahá, Some Answered Questions

powerful

“Thou art the Mighty and Powerful, Thou art the Forgiving and Thou art the One Who overlooketh the shortcomings of all mankind.“ —‘Abdu’l‑Bahá, Bahá’í Prayers

nature

“Nature is God’s Will and is its expression in and through the contingent world.” – Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh

secret

“Indeed, the wayfarer findeth a secret in every name and a mystery in every letter.” – Bahá’u’lláh, The Call of the Divine Beloved

canopy

“Now that Thou hast made them to abide under the shade of the canopy of Thy mercy, do Thou assist them to attain what must befit so august a station.” – Bahá’u’lláh, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá’u’lláh

road

“O Hádí, seek a path unto the Truth, and a road leading unto God.” – Bahá’u’lláh, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf

bloom

“…fields and plains shall teem with such a galaxy of sweet-smelling plants and blooms, that this lowly earth will become the Abhá Kingdom, and this nether world the world above.” – ‘Abdu’l‑Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l‑Bahá

educate

“O God! Educate these children.” – ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í Prayers

brambles

“Obstruct not the luminous spring of thy soul with the thorns and brambles of vain and inordinate affections, and impede not the flow of the living waters that stream from the fountain of thine heart. Set all thy hope in God, and cleave tenaciously to His unfailing mercy. Who else but Him can enrich the… Read More

flight

“…if thou art standing, in thy yearning for My beauty, take flight…” – Bahá’u’lláh, Additional Tablets and Extracts from Tablets Revealed by Bahá’u’lláh

obscure

“The Clouds That Obscure the Sun of Truth” ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks

heart

“We cannot segregate the human heart from the environment outside us and say that once one of these is reformed everything will be improved. Man is organic with the world. His inner life moulds the environment and is itself also deeply affected by it. The one acts upon the other and every abiding change in… Read More

craft

“When anyone occupieth himself in a craft or trade, such occupation itself is regarded in the estimation of God as an act of worship…” – Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh

iron

“The spirit of man transcends the qualities and attributes of any natural element. It is greater in attributes than gold, silver or iron, which are single elements and indestructible. As they are free from destruction and qualified with permanence, how much more so is the human spirit free and immortal. How will that ever be… Read More

illumine

“Illumine my inner being, O my Lord, with the splendors of the Dayspring of Thy Revelation, even as Thou didst illumine my outer being with the morning light of Thy favor.” —Bahá’u’lláh, Bahá’í Prayers

forest

“So the supreme felicity of an animal resides in a green and verdant meadow, in a flowing stream of the sweetest water, and in a forest brimming with life.“ ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Some Answered Questions

twisted

“Every path shall finally be twisted except the road of the Kingdom, which straighteneth day by day… Hence one must exert endeavor in whatever is lasting and permanent so that one may more and more be illumined, strengthened and revived.…” – ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá.

ripple

“Consider the ocean, how serene it lieth, how majestically it reposeth within its bed. Yet the winds of the will of the eternal Beloved cause countless ripples and innumerable swells to appear upon its surface, each wave distinct and divergent from the others. All the peoples of the world today are preoccupied with the ebb… Read More

decay

“The call of Bahá’u’lláh is primarily directed against all forms of provincialism, all insularities and prejudices. If long-cherished ideals and time-honored institutions, if certain social assumptions and religious formulae have ceased to promote the welfare of the generality of mankind, if they no longer minister to the needs of a continually evolving humanity, let them… Read More

clouds

“’Tis from Our rapture that the clouds of realms above are raining down; ’Tis from Our anthem that the mysteries of faith are raining down.” – Bahá’u’lláh, Call of the Divine Beloved

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