Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Shias of Chennai on Ashura Day Also Known as Shahadat

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I have more than 800 pictures to post in this Ashura segment that I shot in Chennai barefeet , my head was raw my bleeding takes time to stop as I am a diabetic , I would have cut my head more violently had the crowds not stopped me , but than it would have been impossible to shoot more pictures as my camera body and lens were splattered in blood sticky and untouchable.

I shot a lot of pictures once this procession reached the 1000 lights mosque , the zanjeer matam and hand matam continued , than one group exited the mosque going back to Chota Naksha mubarak with the Alams I walked with them , a long walk on tired legs .

I had tabbaruk and finally came home , home was where I put up with Dr Abbas Ali Meer , after rest I shot a Shame Ghariba house majlis.

The following day Mesaq dropped me at Chennai Central I took the Chennai Mumbai Express ,,This is my second day non stop trying to upload my stuff at Flickr and I am saddened that my account now stands marked Unsafe because of its graphic nature , specially the childrens head cutting that I have moderated and added a restricted filter so as not to hurt peoples sensibilities.

I have from the day I joined Flickr in June 2007 adhered to Flickr terms and regulations and played by the book.

I hope Flickr staff re reviews my status and places my account back to Safe settings.

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Children from other Communities Waiting For The Dagger and Kamazani

Some of the Tamil Hindu kids wait for their turn to be blessed by the dagger with a mark on their head , such is the faith in Shia rituals and its the prerogative of the Hindu mother.

This Is India a land where people live in peace respecting each others rituals and religion, giving respect getting respect , this is quintessential Indian mutual coexistence and tolerance level, near Andhra in a village Hindus walk on fire and pay tribute to the Martyrdom of Imam Hussain.

I promote Hindu Muslim amity through my images including shooting Sufi , Sunni Christian rituals.

I walk barefeet on the burning road of Mumbai and shoot the 14 stations of the cross , I was not allowed to pierce my cheeks with a 18 feet rod for the Tamil Hindu goddess Marayam but I shall do it next year to show my solidarity with them as an Indian and as a Hindu Shia..

Sometimes Shooting Reality Sucks .. Real Real Bad

i glorify truth
what i shoot
i get a kick
up my ass
the boot
yes shooting
what exists
in religion
as 1400
year old
ritual is the
cause root
they cut my
they made
me mute
i follow
terms and conditions
i dont shoot porn or nude
with any other religion
i have no feud
through my pictures
i am fucked dude
it all comes
down to one
fucked attitude

My Account Has Been Marked Unsafe By Flickr Staff Which Is Fair Enough

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I have been sent a message by Flickr staff regarding the graphic nature of my recent images shot of Moharam in Chennai 2010 which have been duly restricted from public view , which as a stricture is fair enough ,I have shot Moharam in several cities for several years in India all documented at my archives at Flickr in a separate set and and as a collection .

I dont glorify blood but it exists in the Shia faith and I have shot it as a reality and true documentation..

My reply to their message ..

Thank you
Firstly I dont shoot porn only street reality of religion as it exists I have moderated the images 59 items
of children head cutting hope you will understand and make note of this change and remove it from restricted category..

this is a true documentation of a religious rite the world has a right to know ..

thank you for your guidance and your advise much needed and as you know I strictly adhere to Flickr terms and conditions..
I have moderated the said items 59 of them and hope you will re review my account as per your discretion..

Firoze Shakir
Photographer No1

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