Friday, 7 June 2013

Shane Green | Slaves of Moinuddin Nawaz



Here's another very well made audio-slideshow of the annual Urs Festival commemorating the death of the Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Hasan Chishti as produced by Shane Green, a photographer and one of the group members in my just completed Sufi Saints of Rajasthan & Kashmir Photo Expedition-Workshop. It's the second time he travels with me...the first being in Vietnam last fall.

As evident in the audio-slideshow, Shane generally prefers an urban aesthetic style in his photographs to a purely ethnographic one. He claims that this only happens when he's had a few beers...but I can vouch that his beer consumption has nothing to do with it.

It's surprising how Shane managed to interview a pilgrim with a North England accent out of the many thousands pilgrims that visited the shrine while we were there. Himself from Sheffield and now living in Mallorca, Shane is influenced by Martin Parr,  Christer Strömholm, Weegee, Bruce Gilden among others.

The title of his audio-slideshow is how the pilgrim narrator described himself and others who came to commemorate the death anniversary of the  revered Sufi saint; a religious event in which some 700,000 pilgrims are said to have attended. Moinuddin Hasan Chishti is the most revered Sufi saint in South Asia, and known to have been a liberal religious figure, and have nurtured a universal acceptance of all faiths.

 Slaves of Moinuddin Nawaz can be viewed on Vimeo as well.