Caitlin Johnson Castelaz
New York, USA
Caitlin is the Writing Editor at Nineteen Months, and makes her way in the world as a web editor and social media specialist. She has developed projects for Baha’i Publishing Trust, and has been published in literary magazines like Chiron Review. She is the founding editor of Vahid, a NM literary magazine currently seeking submissions. She lives in New York with her husband, and a cat whose namesake is a Chevy sedan.
Sholeh Samadani Munion
Sholeh is a founder and Photography Editor of Nineteen Months and takes photos with a Sony A6000, and formerly with a Canon Rebel. As a child, she was a master fort builder and mud pie baker. Now she reads books, cooks, and organizes everything. You’ve probably met her at a conference somewhere. She is a certified meeting planner. She lives in Chicago with her husband, works as an event manager, and blogs here.
Adib enjoys spending his free time contributing to community development activities both in his local community and abroad. He’s pursuing a Ph.D. in environmental engineering with a focus on sustainability of drinking water and wastewater systems in both developing and developed contexts. Feel free to connect and collaborate with him through his LinkedIn.
Chapel Hill, NC
Alisa is an Executive Assistant for the Vice Chancellor for Communications and Public Affairs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As a Baha’i, she serves her local community through hosting artistic prayer devotionals and thoughtful dialogues centered around the needs of the current times. She prefers to shoot still scenes that invoke feeling, and her favorite living thing to photograph is children.
Andrea Hope is an internationally-recognized performance poet, featured by The American Baha’i (U.S.A.) and The Catholic Association for Racial Justice (U.K.) and H.A.L. Publishing (CHINA). In 2012, she published her first spoken word album, Wellsprings. She is the author of the children’s poetry activity book, I Am and I Can. For more information on where you can find her teaching workshops, saying prayers, and hugging trees, check out her website.
Caroline Monje Morales
Caroline does a little of everything and is trying to narrow it down. She has a soft spot for wide open spaces, books, cornbread as well as kicking it with her husband and dog. She’s currently thinking about getting a ukulele.
Chad was initiated into the world of digital SLRs in 2007 and he continues to be amazed by the photographic opportunities that are presented to him.
Dan Jones is a web developer by trade, and a photographer, singer and children’s class teacher by choice. Born in Canada, he spends his time roaming between there and Vietnam, recording his experiences on two blogs: Doberman Pizza and Baha’i children’s class ideas.
Dean is a Father-Photographer-Writer-Social Activist-Vegan-Martial Artist-Musician aspiring to apply adequate measures of situation ninjosity and authenticity to EVERY facet of life. Fascinated by the transformative power of the arts in releasing human potential, Dean has been involved with and coordinated both small and large scale art projects that have sought to cultivate positive social change. His website, his Facebook page, his Tumblr, and his Twitter.
Gerardo has participated in photography exhibitions in Uruguay and Argentina, published poetry, and participates in various cultural and devotional activities. He has a painting business in Uruguay and is currently serving at the Baha’i World Center and can be found at his Facebook page.
John says, “I’m old enough now that all I want to do is go out and play.” And he does (poorly, it’s true, but still) at cycling, snowshoeing, jogging, skiing and hiking—all activities he pursues in partnership with his wonderful and patient wife, Lyn. An engineer by training and a computer geek by trade, John is also passionate about both of his artistic pursuits, poetry at the Book of Pain and photography at the Book of Bokeh.
June Perkins is a multiplatform storyteller who publishes and has had published photographs, creative writing, non-fiction, ebooks and documentary in places as diverse as ABC open, journals, magazines, journals, online spaces, newspapers and anthologies. When not creating or discovering stories for exhibitions, books and films, she’s busy tutoring or mentoring others in their creativity. She often reblogs other Baha’i blogs in an online compilation Blogs by Bahais. Feel free to visit to catch up with her at PearlzDreaming or her website Gumbootspearlz.
Lindsay McComb is a writer, editor, and designer. She lives in Oakland, works in San Francisco, and drinks a lot of coffee. Her work can be found at lindsaymccomb.com.
Lindsey is a lover of light. With a deep affinity for all things awe-inspiring, she strives to capture moments of beauty with her paintbrush and camera lens—both languages that transcend syllables and sounds. She is the founder of Thru Beauty.
Malia Baggett is a conceptual photographer whose innovative art practice often explores the connection between this life and what’s lies beyond, visually representing the ephemeral nature of our existence through constructed transitional realms between the known and the unknown. You can find her at her website.
Rudy grew up in the Netherlands, but has been living in Miami since 1989, where he did commercial photography for Deltone clock radios, Avanti small appliances, and several importers of fancy perfumes. Later he photographed mainly landscapes with an old large wooden camera. When the digital era began he also started photographing weddings, events, and commercial stuff. Through some stock and art sites, his work is sold all over the world to book publishers, including National Geographic, web designers, ad agencies, and government agencies, to name a few. You can find him here or here.
Ryan Duly is an International Development professional currently working in Nairobi, Kenya. He grew up in various African countries where the love of diversity, travel, and service was first instilled and is now exploring how these can be expressed through photography. His wife and two daughters make the journey worthwhile. His photography can be found on Instagram.
Shahriar says, “Photography is my passion, love sports, traveling is my favorite thing, can’t live without music, and i always enjoy a good movie.” He can be found at 41 Stories Photography.
Tamila Zeinalova Nematova
Tamila got her first camera while serving in the Holy Land, where she discovered her passion for photography and art in general, and she feels it’s about time for a new one. She lives in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. More photos can be found here.
Victor is not entirely comfortable talking about himself in the third person, but thinks it’s pretty cool. Easily distracted. Likes coffee. Adores his wife and daughter. At home in a studio, but happier in the wild. He currently lives in Finland and some of his photos can be found here.
Orange County, CA
Aimee lives in Orange County, CA and… this is her primary blog.
Aimee says “i love oranges, but i hate it when the peel gets under my nails. actually the idea of anything under my nails drives me crazy. sometimes my head and my heart exist in total conflict. this also drives me crazy. sometimes my head and my heart exist in total conflict. tomorrow i might let my heart win.”
Amy says: “I love travel – and if it is by train or ferry I like it best. Family is what fills my heart. My camera is my constant companion. Costa Rica is my home, for now.” Amy blogs on Montague.
Los Angeles, USA
Ata hasn’t started a blog yet and only recently remembered what it’s like to live in a country where Facebook access isn’t a luxury.
He currently spends his time working and acting. “Whether he is an artist or not, the photographer is a joyous sensualist, for the simple reason that the eye traffics in feelings, not in thoughts.”
Bobby’s love for the visual medium was fostered at an early age in Iran after watching his first episode of “The Six Million Dollar Man” on television. Enamored with his TV set, Bobby explored his love for the arts by trying his hand in every medium: from music production to stand up comedy, until he found contentment through the lens of a camera. He and his wife Fiona work together at Fiona + Bobby Photography.
Elika lives in Alaska where she studies journalism and staying warm. She likes stories, both telling them and listening to them. Elika writes regularly at her blog i am an aspiring something.
Elyor began photography 7 years ago, whilst studying to be a graphic artist at the Artisant College in Bukhara, Uzbekistan. His first camera was a ‘Zenit.’ Elyor has since won and participated in many photo-documentary exhibitions and projects in Central Asia and Russia. Some of his work include his first personal photo exhibition ‘The Children of Bukhara. We Are Flowers of One Garden’ in Tashkent,”as well as magazine commissions like: ‘The Chief”and ‘Horses Racetrack.’
Fiona Gohari is one half of the dynamic photography duo, Fiona + Bobby Photography. Fiona is passionate about storytelling and documenting the inner story within her subjects. Her true muse, however, is her husband, to whom she credits for pushing her into a journey of self discovery through the visual medium.
Geoffrey comes from the great American national park of Alabama. Having been born into a family of writers, journalists and photographers, he hopes, just hopes, that some of it has rubbed off.
Golriz Lucina Gundry
Los Angeles, USA
Jarnah is an aspiring social scientist, child rights activist and closet artist. Currently based in Melbourne, Australia, but always trying to explore new spaces and places, she has been taking photos as a means of capturing and sharing the beauty of her world.
Jeff is a business strategist and turnaround expert. He is the proud father of 2 sons, Bayan and Aidan. He used to rap and do the hustle in the townships of South Africa.
Kari is insatiably curious about what happens to us, within us and between us when we create. She spends much of her time exploring these questions, while facilitating creative process experiences for adults at the Open Studio Project in Evanston, IL. When she’s not playing with paint and crayons, she’s usually producing, writing, or editing videos for nonprofits and small businesses. Her work can be found at Create of Soul.
Kat lives in Oxford with her beloved husband and lots of books. She spend her days reading, writing, reflecting, collaborating and conversing. All of this means she is the happiest she has ever been.
Lauren does a lot of things. One of them is taking pictures. Another is baking scones. Yet another is spinning large spheres of fire at the ends of two chains. The only one of these she went to school for, however, was photography. She is currently the Visual Director at Lethal Poetry, an Art Editor for Muzzle Magazine, and most recently, a photographer for Loud Loop Press. Find more of her work at her Flickr page.
Leila is being reassembled.
Washington DC, USA
Leila spent a year living on the island of St. Lucia, West Indies. She has written about her service at her blog, A Light in the Sea.
Leili is an educational technologist who also works as a photographer,painter, ceramic artist and writer. She has had opportunities to take photographs on five continents.
She blogs at Beyond the Picture.
San Antonio, USA
Mark is the luckiest guy he knows. He has a beautiful wife, an awesome career as a photographer, and great friends. He loves jumping in photos and feels he doesn’t travel nearly as much as he should. You can see his work here.
Mehdi and Sabrina van den Bos
Mehdi and Sabrina are an American-Australian-Dutch-Persian couple. He shoots. She types.
Negeen has had a film or digital SLR within arm’s reach for much of the past twenty years. She, her Italian-born husband and Israeli-born children live in Oklahoma where she runs a wedding and photography business called Negeen Sobhani Photography. Stories behind the photos and new projects can be found on her blog.
Secret Mystery Guest is a 5th generation Bahá’í. His interests include writing small summary statements, taking small summary photographs, and ending sentences abruptl
He lives in the Pacific Northwest, where companies pay him to be a technologist. He is survived by his five children and three hours of sleep.
Oak Ritchie is currently a Masters student of Information Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he resides with his daughter. He is the Executive Producer and primary content creator at Steady Flow, and can be found on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and Tumblr. He has a childhood fear of celery and salty liquids, and has a hard time looking clowns in the eye. He also has very sensitive teeth, and as a result, has to drink hot or cold liquids out of the side of his mouth. He considers it impolite to stare when he does this. Thank you.
Haifa, Israel/London, UK
Ramin is an entrepreneur from Namibia. You can find his photography on his Flickr page.
Ronnie Yousefzadeh Bindra
Ronnie is a founder and former co-editor of Nineteen Months and shoots from the hip with a Nikon.
Ronnie and falls asleep when he takes his socks off and is known to tweet.
Ryan is a globe-trotter (which means he is homeless) and a photographer (which means he can’t draw). He likes his spaces wide and open, and likes his lenses the same way.
Sana likes the smell of Play-Doh, is a family physician, and is currently working on a book An Analysis of Selected Albums 2001-2007. At present, he resides in Chicago, and believes that conceptions shape society – and thus, conversations, art, and the like can advance society. You can find some of his other thoughts at achievingcoherence.com.
Sarah is Egyptian and currently lives in London, U.K. She says, “A photographer?! Never thought about it…. Suddenly I found myself carrying my camera and shooting photos till I become graduated from photography department, my Secret is Nikon. One of quotes I like ‘photography is the only language that can be understood anywhere in the world’ by Bruno Barbey.” Her website is here.
Sarah’s father was a musician, her mother a physician. She lives on the island of Guam with her husband, son, fantastic community, and her Nikon and takes pictures every chance she can get. She blogs at Peach Sand Beach.
Shirin is a photographer and Visual Arts graduate. Intrigued by mystery, accidence and the world of the spirit, she seeks to create photographs that function as a psychological landscape for spiritual animation, discovery and reflection. She believes that her interest in photography derives from her perception of art as a vehicle for reflection, knowledge, upliftment, change and social action. Shirin completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts and Education in Western Australia and completed an internship at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice. She can be found here and here.
In addition to practicing law, serving mankind, and seeking creativity, Tala likes to color her life with the chaos of trouble. You can find her at her blog.