Jul 07


by in blog, Sindh

lonely chair1 450x301 Isolation

The Lonely Chair at Clifton Beach, Karachi, Pakistan

People always ask me what do you mostly look for while Traveling and Photographing, and my answer to them is “Isolation”.
Isolation in my own self and the subjects I am shooting. I always try to travel alone, exploring the places myself, It gives me a charm to find out the unknown things all alone specially by interacting with the locals, taking my own tea in the bazaars, having my lunch somewhere in the mid of mountains and mid night star gazing in the deserts, all alone.

Then comes my photography, I don’t know why but Isolation always attracts me. I am always in search of the good subjects that represents Isolation. May be its because of my traveling nature, or may be there is something hidden in that attracts me towards it.

We always find excuses not to travel. Someone says that the places are too far, some says it would be too hot there, some says its unsafe, some says “I don’t want to travel alone”.
But Traveling doesn’t require you to bring your friends with, to get yourself burn in hot weather or not to travel alone. There are alternatives to enjoy. A wise man once said that ” A Journey of Thousand Miles begin with a single step”, So why don’t you just take that step, and believe me, things would come your way and make it easier for you to travel.

I would suggest you to either travel alone, or with some really good friends.
What is your say on that?

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20 Responses to “Isolation”

  1. From Asma:

    Isolation yes. But if you are able to gather those two three people around who can share the same joys, the sheer pleasure in small things as you do that the journey becomes truly blessed. A pleasure you remember forever :)

    BTW its such a beautiful picture.

    Happy Blogging & Clicking. Always a pleasure to read you and watch ur journeys.

    Posted on 07. Jul, 2010 at 7:54 pm #
    • From Danial Shah:

      Hey Asma, I indeed agree with you that if we have some two or three people with whom we can share our joys would definitely make our journey memorable.
      Thank you for liking the picture and my writings.

      Posted on 08. Jul, 2010 at 3:44 am #
  2. From jess:

    isolatation..such a simple word,yet so many connotations

    youre right that people find many reasons not to travel,but maybe the reasons that theyre giving may not be the real ones..specially where travelling alone is concerned…basically,travelling is initself a risk.you put yourself in unfamiliar surroundings,with unfamiliar people,doing unfamiliar things..for some who crave novelty,this is one of the charms of travelling..for others who go after security,this may be very threatening…on a basic level,when we venture out to travel to unknown places,we risk finding things that we may not necessarily like..that may put us out of our comfort zone..make us think and feel differently

    this becomes more pronounced while travelling alone..we have no one else to turn to if were in a fix,nobody to talk to but ourselves..and in this day and age of communication with others,communicating with ones self has become an alien task…we build our perceptions of ourself based on what others think and dont take out the time to find out what we really are…sitting on the beach or in the desert in total isolation leaves us no choice but to conduct conversations with ourself and find out what we really are..in this aspect,i think people fear lonliness for the same reason they fear darkness..because they dont know if theyll find monsters or fairies ahead…some venture out to discover the answers,some choose to stay in their stable,secure worlds,and some refuse to listen to themselves even when theyre alone..and as the poet says:

    ajeeb sa khauf hai andar ki khamoshi ka mujhe
    ke raaston se guzarta hun gungunate huey

    Posted on 08. Jul, 2010 at 8:31 am #
    • From Danial Shah:

      @Jess: Well, you are right, Traveling is risk. But tell me, what in life is risk free? The artificial life we have made in ourself, isn’t it risky too?
      and yes that depends on person to person :). One can only experience the self when we are alone, and i do that by accompanying nature :)
      Loved the shair… :)

      Posted on 08. Jul, 2010 at 4:40 pm #
  3. From Farhat Khanam:

    Yes!Its only isolation that helps one to relate with this universal engine that goes on and on despite our being here or not.And its more than isolation, its our internal urge to be an eternal part of all these snow caped peaks,lush green jungles,ever flowing streams,deep blue sky and strange cultures which would stay forever in their renewed charms but we would not be there to cherish them and this thought of being mortal makes us conscious of the running time and makes us explore these hidden mysteries and to print an unmistakable stamp of our being there….in a way one choose to have.

    Posted on 08. Jul, 2010 at 11:25 am #
    • From Danial Shah:

      True indeed :). I agree that its our real internal urge for experiencing the nature :)

      Posted on 08. Jul, 2010 at 4:38 pm #
  4. From Muhammad Wasif Javed:

    Beautiful post man, pic is awesome and related to the subject & post :-)
    I’ve traveled a lot in past alone, initially I enjoyed a lot but agreed with Asma if we have 2-3 people carry the same taste then journey become more beautiful and remember forever :-)
    I really loved all the pics of Balochistan you recently shared being that is the only province I’ve never been visited and even never seen its core beauty on internet before :-)
    Keep Traveling, Blogging & Sharing :-)
    ALLAH Bless U Always. (Ameen)

    Posted on 08. Jul, 2010 at 12:28 pm #
    • From Danial Shah:

      :-) Shukria, Thankyou. Balochistan is really unexplored, i have tried a little effort, and i want every Pakistani to own and value this country :)

      Posted on 08. Jul, 2010 at 4:37 pm #
  5. From Bahadur Ali:

    Next time, there will be no isolation :D…. But i agree, solitude can bring out the best of people.

    Posted on 08. Jul, 2010 at 12:28 pm #
    • From Danial Shah:

      hehe. oh yes Bahadur next time no isolation :P

      Posted on 08. Jul, 2010 at 4:35 pm #
  6. From shazia channa:

    hi.i love the theme and d pic,isolation is so important for a person to find him or herself.i remember my journey to Debal,mansora near thatta,the earliest mosque of subcontinent build by mohammad bin qasim,and you wont believe it ,the peace,the harmony ,the love,the mesmerising scenery is still in me ,and i feel so happy even sharing dat with you.
    Allah bless you nd hope dat keep up d good work dat u do……..

    Posted on 04. Aug, 2010 at 10:50 pm #
    • From Danial Shah:

      @Shazia: thank you ms. Shazia for such a detailed response :) actually you can only think about yourself in isolation, and it truly depends on what place you are isolating with :)

      Posted on 05. Aug, 2010 at 1:06 am #
  7. From huma:

    Hi hope u wil b fine ap ki is picture ko dekh k mujy ye sher yad aya hy
    “Ye jo hosla tum me jafa ka hy,”
    “Ye natija meri wafa ka hy,”

    Posted on 06. Aug, 2010 at 5:40 pm #
    • From Danial Shah:

      :) Shukria for the Sher. :)

      Posted on 06. Aug, 2010 at 11:21 pm #
  8. From Marium:

    Sometimes travelling alone makes you do those things which you only dreamed of doing. Presence of other people might bring reluctance.Isolation in my point of view helps you to think and ponder what you think about what you are seeing rather than getting affected by opinions of other people with which you might not agree.
    and indeed everything begins with just a single step.
    Nice article!

    Posted on 21. Feb, 2011 at 9:17 pm #
    • From Danial Shah:

      @Marium: Thanks a lot Marium for your input :). i do agree and I always try to find isolation during traveling :) :) :) :)

      Posted on 22. Feb, 2011 at 12:18 am #
  9. From Zara:

    ur words are so beautiful like ur pics…. very nice work…God bless you

    Posted on 23. Mar, 2011 at 3:00 pm #
    • From Danial Shah:

      @Zara: Thanks a lot Zara :)

      Posted on 23. Mar, 2011 at 6:13 pm #
  10. From Ammad:

    This is an amazing shot. It reflects those rare peaceful quite moments everyone looks forward to.

    Posted on 04. Apr, 2011 at 1:00 am #
    • From Danial Shah:

      @Ammad: :-) imagine how relaxing it would be if we spend half an hour daily on that chair? :)

      Posted on 08. Apr, 2011 at 8:16 pm #

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