Grandeur: Haifa, Israel

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Shrine of Baha'u'llah Bahji

Negeen Sobhani ©

In the silent serenity of Bahji at dusk, where the only movement and sound is that of the abiding breeze caressing the trees and brushing their leaves, I call to mind the seven Iranian Baha’i leaders entering their third year in prison and dedicate this photo to them.

“Thou seest, O my Lord, how Thy servants have left their homes in their longing to meet Thee, and how they have been hindered by the ungodly from looking upon Thy face, and from circumambulating the sanctuary of Thy grandeur. Pour out Thy steadfastness and send down Thy calm upon them, O my Lord! Thou art, in truth, the Ever-Forgiving, the Most Compassionate. “Prayers and Meditations by Baha’u’llah


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.