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I took this picture at Anwar al Madina mosque on Dublin’s northside during Mawlid 2013.
“The universe?” From where did it come? How? When? By what energies did what we see only in tiny glimpses come into being?—the universe containing infinities of organized, living worlds, earths, suns, galaxies—cells, organic life, atmosphere— purpose, directions, and lawful order, fundamental forces at work everywhere and in everything—all of which emerged out of what? By what greater mind? By what intelligence did it all appear, an intelligence that embraces even the automatisms of Darwinian evolution on the ground of which everything from a mosquito to a Buddha appears on this earth? In such a case, self-knowledge and experience would not be a passive recording for manipulation of impressions from without, but a seminal generation of realities within realities—just as in any organism the telos or purpose of the whole generates the elements and organs and instrumentalities that maintain the inner world of the organism. And man? Of all creatures we know of on Earth, the intelligent self-regulating and self-creating force would have the added attribute that completes the structure of the universe we know—and that added attribute is conscious intelligence, consciousness as a force of nature, a universal energy. Who, looking at the “starry sky above and the moral law within” can really maintain that it all “just happened”?”
from What is God by philosopher Jacob Needlemen
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Tags: Buddha, Carbon-based life, Darwin, Darwinism, Earth, Energy, Evolution, Fundamental interaction, God, Inspiration, Intelligence, Jacob Needlemen, Nature, Photograph, Photography, Pictures, Religion, Universe, What is God
These are some pictures of my recent visit to Killiney (Irish: Cill Iníon Léinín, meaning “Church of the Daughters of Léinín”). Killiney is located about 30 minutes on the train from Dublin city centre.
For many centuries the major part of the district was the property of the Talbot de Malahide family, some of the original followers of the 1170 Norman invasion.
The coastal areas of Killiney are often favourably compared to the Bay of Naples in Italy. This comparison is reflected in the names of surrounding roads, like Vico, Sorrento, Monte Alverno, San Elmo, and Capri.
These pictures were snapped in the beginning of 2013 while walking around my old stomping ground: The Liberties in Dublin.
Dublin can seem like a very dark place at times. In this gallery, I tried to tease out the bright lights as best as I could.
“I saw only the noble earth on which I was born, with the great Star which warms and enlightens it. I saw the clouds that hang their significant drapery over us. It was Day— that was all Heaven said.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
This was taken as I flew over Ireland in the wee hours of the morning. If you have ever been to Ireland you might know that it is truly a blessed place. That is confirmed in this picture.
About a year ago Melony and I visited a beautiful place called Glencolumbkille, Ireland. We found the beautiful Maghera Beach on a memorable day trip.
Here’s a collection of pictures I’ve taken over the years in traveling throughout Europe. The churches range from Catholic, to Protestant, to Greek Orthodox in Italy, Greece, Spain, and Ireland. Below you will see massive cathedrals in major cities but also little parishes in the middle of nowhere. I hope to add to this gallery as the years go on.
Tags: Architecture, Art, Catholic churches Dublin, Catholic churches Rome, Catholic churches Santorine, Churches, Collection of European churches, Europe, European churches, Greek Orthodox, Photographs, Photography, Pictures, Protestantism, Religion, Roman Catholicism, Seville, Spirituality, Traveling
In the summer of 2009 I travelled to Sorèze, an enchanted village in the south of France. The purpose of the trip was to screen my documentary Journey into America at the Culture and Cultures Intercultural International film festival at the Château de Padiès, a mansion built on the site of a former castle, located in the outskirts of the village of Lempaut in the department of Tarn.
Denis Piel, an internationally acclaimed photographer who directs the film festival, was kind enough to put me up at the Abbaye Ecole in Sorèze, a hotel which is close to beautiful mountains and spotted with quaint village houses and medieval stones streets.
According to its website, the Abbey was built sometime in the 700s and was later pillaged and destroyed by the Normans in the 10th century. It was restored and enjoyed a period of prosperity. Razed to the ground in the 16th century during the Wars of Religion, in the 17th century it was rebuilt once again, affiliated to the Congregation of Saint-Maur and dedicated to “Our Lady of Peace.”
The picture of Ecole’s gate is one I snapped upon arrival in Sorèze. So peaceful!
Tags: Catholicism, Château de Padiès, Enchanted village in southern France, Film festival, France, Journey, Old abbey, Our Lady of Peace, Photograph, Photography, Pictures, Southern France, The Abbaye Ecole in Sorèze, Travels, Wars of Religion
Flying into Dublin over a year ago, our plane glided through a majestic sky that was truly awe inspiring. I use a quote from Boston native Ralph Waldo Emerson, a transcendental philosopher, poet, and humanitarian for inspiration.
I took this picture in the summer of 2012 in Glencolumbkille, Ireland. Glencolumbkille is located in a quiet area on the coast of Donegal. My lady and I had just returned to our place after a magical drive to the abandoned seaside village called Port.
The Guardian Witness has a new assignment called Public Art.
Whether it’s a traditional statue or graffiti on the wall of an underpass – public art is all around us. But is it always good? Public art can be controversial, the latest proposed occupant of the Fourth Plinth in London’s Trafalgar Square is a recent example. Please share the best and worst public art – whether it’s as famous as Mount Rushmore, or something only known about in your local area.
I posted some of the pictures I’ve taken over the years in my travels.
See the pictures at Guardian Witness
Tags: Art, Craig Considine, Guardian, Guardian Witness, Inspiration, John Lennon Wall, Love Revolution, Photographs, Photography, Pictures, Prague, Public art, Published art, Published photographs, Street art
You can read more about the life of Akbar the Great in my Huffington Post Religion article, “Finding Tolerance in Akbar, the Philosopher-King”
I took this picture in the summer of 2011 at “The Rock” in Dover, Massachusetts. “The Rock” is one of my favorite getaways, a serene place I often go to contemplate the world around me. That’s me in the picture. I placed my camera on the timer to capture the glorious sunset. I’ve included Rumi’s poetry to make you think about where we belong to and where we might return.
As I first mentioned in this post, I recently had the privilege of participating in Mawlid E Nabi, also referred to as simply Mawlid, to celebrate the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him). The event was set up by the Irish Sufi Foundation and the Sufi community at Anwar Al Madina mosque in Dublin’s city centre.
Here is a short clip (with pictures) I put together with Imam Khalid Hussein leading the singing.
A short documentary is also in the making. Stay tuned here for more details.
Tags: 2013, Anwar Al Madina, Dublin, Imam Khalid Hussein, Irish Sufi Foundation, Islam, Islam in Ireland, March, Mawlid, Muhammad, Peace be upon him (Islam), Photography, Pictures, Prophet Muhammad, Religion and Spirituality, Sufism
In the first weekend of March 2013, I had the pleasure of participating in Mawlid E Nabi, also referred to as simply Mawlid, to celebrate the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him). The event was set up by the Irish Sufi Foundation and the Sufi community at Anwar Al Madina mosque in Dublin’s city centre.
The weekend’s festivities included a trip to the airport, several enlightening speeches by prominent Sufi scholars, and a march around Dublin’s city centre, which was intended to build bridges of understanding among Dublin’s religious communities. I had my video camera in hand because Mia Manan Hameed, the head of the Irish Sufi Foundation and a friend of mine, asked me to produce a short documentary on the connection between “Irishness” and Sufism.
While I’m analyzing the footage, you can see a few pictures that were snapped over the weekend. Thanks to Bilal Awan and Mohammad Shaheen for serving as photographers.
A lovely picture of Mel and I in the small village of Howth, just outside of Dublin, Ireland. It reminds me of this love poem by Rumi…
A moment of happiness,
you and I sitting on the verandah,
apparently two, but one in soul, you and I.
We feel the flowing water of life here,
you and I, with the garden’s beauty
and the birds singing.
The stars will be watching us,
and we will show them
what it is to be a thin crescent moon.
You and I unselfed, will be together,
indifferent to idle speculation, you and I.
The parrots of heaven will be cracking sugar
as we laugh together, you and I.
In one form upon this earth,
and in another form in a timeless sweet land.
Kulliyat-e Shams, 2114
Tags: Celtic, Considine's bar, Corpus Christi Lisdoonvarna, Countryside, Doolin, Doonagore Castle, Graves, Ireland, Kilfenora, Lahinch, Liscannor, Lisdoonvarna, Northwest County Clare, Photographs, Photography, Pictures, Ruins, The Burren
St. Patrick’s Cathedral in The Liberties, Dublin, is one of the great gems of Ireland. The Cathedral is one of the most important in Christendom, for it’s said that St. Patrick himself baptized the pagan Irish at a well outside of the structure. I’ve also put the pictures along with a song on YouTube. You can find that below the pictures.
Tags: Cathedral, Catholicism, Christendom, Christianity, Cross, Dublin, Ireland, Irish people, Jesus, Mary, Patrick, Photographs, Photography, Pictures, Saint Patrick, Saint Patrick's Day, St. Patrick, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Windows
I visited Istanbul, Turkey, over 1 year ago, but I’m just now adding them to the blog. Istanbul is a remarkable city with tons of history and culture. I made it to all the key historic spots including the Hagia Sophia (my favorite), all the main mosques, Topkapi Palace, and managed to catch a ferry to Kadakoye, over on the Asian side.
Ambassador Akbar Ahmed, my intellectual mentor and role model, has been described by the BBC as ‘the world’s leading authority on contemporary Islam’. At the U.S. Embassy in London a few weeks ago, he was described by Minister Barbara Stephenson, the former U.S. Ambassador to Panama, as ‘one of the greatest scholars of Islam in the world today’. This is a picture of the two of us presenting our documentary, Journey into America, and holding a panel discussion at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. Credit for the picture goes to Ambassador Ahmed’s chief of staff, Harrison Akins.
As I mentioned previously, when I play around with the blinds over my window, I can create some pretty magical displays of light.
When I play around with the blinds over my window, I can create some pretty magical displays of light.
I usually take the 6:30 pm (Boston time) flight back to Dublin, but the flight this time around was delayed 3 hours due to bad weather. If it wasn’t for the delay, taking these pictures would’ve been impossible. We were lucky enough to fly over the emerald isle as the sun was rising. These were truly breathtaking to see.
The image above is of a field of crescent-shaped dunes in the northern polar region of Mars. Each dune is about 100 metres across. The image was captured by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, released in July 2012.
As suggested by Jonathan Jones in the Guardian, it is science, not art, ‘that now provides the most beautiful and provocative images of our world – not to mention other worlds’.
I guess you could argue that science and art aren’t mutually exclusive (that science is now art). Hmm, what do you think?
I’m posting this picture (which was a vetted CNN iReport) to remember Occupy Dame Street (Dublin) and the one year anniversary of the start of the global Occupy Movement.
Shot at high school in Needham, Massachusetts on 9/11.
When the act of reflection takes place in the mind,
when we look at ourselves in the light of thought,
we discover that our life is embosomed in beauty.
as we go,
all things assume pleasing forms,
as clouds do far off.
Not only things familiar and stale,
but even the tragic and terrible,
are comely as they take their place in the pictures of memory.
the weed at the water-side,
the old house,
the foolish person -
however neglected in the passing -
have a grace in the past.
Even the corpse that has lain in the chambers has added a solemn ornament in the house.
The soul will not know either deformity or pain.
in the hours of clear reason,
we should speak the severest truth,
we should say,
that we had never made a sacrifice.
In these hours the mind seems so great that nothing can be taken from us that seems much.
the universe remains to the heart unhurt.
Neither vexations nor calamities abate our trust.
No man ever stated his griefs as lightly as he might.
Allow for exaggeration in the most patient and sorely ridden hack that ever was driven.
For it is only the finite that has wrought and suffered;
the infinite lies stretched in smiling repose.
From Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essay ‘Spiritual Laws’. This is the first paragraph.
Picture – Call to fight in Athens (August 17 2012)
Picture – Occupy Dame Street (October 18 2011)
Video – Inauguration Day on Former Slave Island in Georgia (January 20 2009)
Video – Islam and Hip Hop with Q-Boogie (November 20 2008)
Video – Interview in Chomsky’s Office (October 23 2008)
Video – Somali Muslims in Grand Island Nebraska (October 16 2008)
On the porch in Needham
A recent assignment from CNN iReport called on people to send pictures that highlight the deteriorating economic climate throughout Europe. The CNN iReport team vetted this picture and it is now up for consideration for live viewing on CNN. You can see the rest of my iReports here.
This gallery exhibits some of what I feel are the better pictures that I have taken over the years. Copyright Craig Considine
The beautiful Melony Samantha in Dublin as she poses in triple exposure with a New Orleans band.
At the abandoned village of Port. One of the most serene places I have ever visited. Click to enlarge.
Taken at Maghera Beach in northwest Ireland. Click to enlarge.
Taken in the spring of 2011 in the beautiful coastal village of Kinsale, Ireland.
Taken at a Muslim school/masjid in Chicago (fall 2008).
What words and emotions go through your mind when you look at her?
That’s me at Royal Holloway, University of London (spring 2008).
Taken in Prague, Spring 2011
Taken on a plan ride in transit to Toulouse. From Toulouse I would have taken a train to the small village of Soreze, but I was never able to find the train. Instead I had about a €250 cab ride to my destination. It was the most enjoyable €250 cab ride of all time. The purpose of the journey was to attend the screening of my documentary at the Culture and Cultures Intercultural Film Festival in southern France.