Questions: Taipei, Taiwan

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Alisa Mappes ©

For me, the “former times” questions begin with the factual “when”, “where”, “who”, and “what.” Though they’re necessary in life, it’s the openness of “why” and “how” that provide a basis for an endless flow of inquiry.

“In the Bayán it had been forbidden you to ask Us questions. The Lord hath now relieved you of this prohibition, that ye may be free to ask what you need to ask, but not such idle questions as those on which the men of former times were wont to dwell.” ~ Bahá’u’lláh, Kitab-i-Aqdas

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.


  1. Moselle

    17 December, 2010 at 3:24 am

    Beautiful photo, Alisa.

  2. Ata

    27 December, 2010 at 6:07 am

    Silky :)