750 – A photo project initiated by Nancy Wong

June Perkins response to Nancy’s project

I decided to renew the Be Illumined Blog during the Bicentenary of the Bab, to share interesting projects Baha’i Creatives around the world, as well as in Brisbane are doing to celebrate this year.

A recent project I heard about and am now taking part in, is a collaborative photo project with Nancy Wong.  This project is a creative transformative response to the execution of the Bab, which happened back in 1850 in Tabriz, Iran.

Nancy has invited photographers from around the world to take photos to be part of a collage art piece that will be on display at the art exhibit of the 2019 Art In Response to Violence (ARV) conference at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, Illinois, USA. This year will be the ARV’s 10th anniversary and the conference will take place October 17-18, 2019.

Each participating photographer is sending her several portraits of people holding a lit candle. No faces will be shown, just the person’s hand(s).

She wrote to us all, “It will also be an opportunity for all of us to celebrate the Bicentennial of the Birth of the Bab (October 29, 2019) by using this project as a talking piece, during the production of the images, as well as when we exhibit the final artwork. As of today, I am thinking of calling this art piece, “750 Shots”. (750 bullets; 750 photos.)

This number is reportedly the number of  rifles that were aimed at the Bab. And, as shared before, the candles are in memory of the time when the Bab was incarcerated in the city of Maku; he was not given a lamp during the long nights in prison.”

I will be interviewing Nancy to share more about the progress of the collaborative art piece on future blogs.

The collaborative aspect of Nancy’s project was so inspiring and moving, that it encouraged me to think of something like this in my own local community. I have an idea (quite different theme but with the same capacity for participation from others) brewing and will share it soon! And I am pleased to have found some collaborators for it!

Article by June Perkins

Nineteen Months

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You can see the latest Nineteen Months contributions HERE

Above is a slide show of my contributions to the site over the last three years. If you visit the site you can read the quotations that were placed with them.

Here are just a few:

“Know ye that the world is like unto a mirage which the thirsty one thinks to be water; its water is a vapor; its mercy a difficulty; its repose hardship and ordeal; leave it to its people and turn unto the Kingdom of your Lord the Merciful.”
-Abdu’l-Baha, Baha’i World Faith

“O banished and faithful friend! Quench the thirst of heedlessness with the sanctified waters of My grace, and chase the gloom of remoteness through the morning-light of My Divine presence.”
-Baha’u’llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah

“The sun is the same sun, no matter from what sign it may manifest itself or from what spot it may arise. Thou must look at the Sun; do not become veiled by the places from which the Sun appears.”
-‘Abdu’l-Baha, Tablets of Abdul-Baha Abbas

Bullimba Imaginings

If you go to Bullimba

you will walk past some interesting pieces of street art.

Perhaps they will make you think of a story or poem.

Who is this lady? Where is she going?

You will see some interesting signs if you look up.

They might suggest to you a story,

an idea for an album cover or a song about Frankie and the Fox.

And then there might be some unusual things, like

shops trying to attract you with kites and balloons.

You might ask yourself

Will this sign take off in the wind?

Will children be happy when their parents stop for coffee?

If you take the time to study this street scape  you will find

much to inspire!


Who are these two friends?  Are they celebrating something important?

And then look at a bus reminding all of the Anzacs.

Brisbane remembers its Anzacs!

And maybe the street art will make you feel like

you are travelling back in time?

This journey today was all so

I could leave some Magic Fish Dreaming books at Riverbend Books,

but on the way I found much inspiration and made a photo essay

about a Magic street.