Finally home

Went on personal holidays to capture famous Cherry Blossom of Hunza Valley, up in north of Pakistan in Karakorum Mountain range. We came across small landslides through our road trip until we reached more than half way and learned those small landslides have become huge landslides and blocked the KKH (Karakoram Highway) from 90 different locations so massive that it was not usable and not at all safe to travel. So i was stranded along with friends in place called Shatyal for 5 days without access to network or other facilities. 5th day road was partially resumed and we reached Gilgit where Government of Pakistan organized evacuation of stranded tourists.

Though i was unable to document landslide (as it was quite life threatening, we prefered running out of landslides area without a break) i spent some time shooting with locals and others who were stranded in same place.

visit Gallery: http://www.awaisyaqub.com/Photography/Stuck-in-Karakoram-Highway 

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Some good vibes

Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything – Plato.

Met this man singing a peace of sufi poetry by Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai, a 16th century sufi saint from Sindh region, now in Pakistan. The man was fully indulged in musical ritual at shirne of Shah Abdul, devotees perform this ritual 24/7 and it never stops.

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Awais Yaqub www.awaisyaqub.com buy prints or stock images from website

Canvas of life, color and action

As i keep evaluating my personal website www.awaisyaqub.com hosted by SmugMug for better viewing experience. One key issue was with big watermarks on images which are embedded automatically when i upload images to gallery. Thankfully, SmugMug allows it to change whenever user wants, so i went ahead and shrunk the watermark to smaller signature in corner and disabled right click protection. This will allow visitors to save and share images quickly and enjoy the art rather than trying not to see the watermark.

Hope you will like the new title of website Canvas of life, color and action

Awais Yaqub

Whirling Dome

I am sure the designer who conceived the idea of designing the Mosque had galaxies in his mind. Shah Jahan Mosque, tentatively on list of UNESCO world heritage sight was built by Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan in 16th Century. visit the link for complete gallery, feel free to share this photo. http://www.awaisyaqub.com/Photography/Sindh/

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Shah Jahan Mosque, Awais Yaqub www.awaisyaqub.com 

A galaxy under the dome

Looking above in Shah Jahan’s mosque in Thatta, Sindh. Huge dome full of geometric patterns tied to complex structure surly conveys the message of depth often associated to galaxies. Mosque was commissioned by Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan in 1647. Mosque has great heritage value for Pakistan and world.

Follow the link for complete gallery of Sindh: http://www.awaisyaqub.com/Photography/Sindh

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Interior of dome, Shah Jahan Mosque, Thatta Sindh by Awais Yaqub www.awaisyaqub.com Click image for gallery or visit