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© 2011 ChrisArmytage, Fine Art Photography, Daylesford, Victoria.

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“This is love: to fly toward a secret sky,
to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment.
First, to let go of life.
In the end, to take a step without feet.”
- Rumi

Jelaluddin Rumi was born in the region today known as Afghanistan in 1207. His family fled the Mogul invasion to Konya, Turkey where he spent most of his life.

Rumi following in his fathers ancestoral line became a scholar until his meeting with the wandering dervish, Shams of Tabriz. Of this meeting Rumi said, “What I had thought of before as God, I met today in a person.”

After Shams, Rumi’s other strong influences were Saladin Zarkub, the goldsmith, and later his scribe, Husam.

His poetry filled with a longing to be with the Friend, Him, or You. Are these mysterious pronouns the names of God, Shams, or who? This is for you, the reader to ponder.

Rumi founded the Mevlevi Order of dervishes, better known as the Whirling Dervishes of Sufism. Through a turning movement, body posturing, mental focus, and sound, the dervish achieves ecstasy through union with God.

Once a secret society, today the Mevlevi tour the world allowing audiences to witness the ceremony of their sacred dances and music.

FEATURED in The World As We See It, or as we missed it, 24 May 2011

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Photograph taken near Franklinford, Victoria, Australia, with a Panasonic FZ220, edited and layered with textures from my own stock photography in Photoshop CS3.

I don’t know what I would do if I couldn’t create, it’s as natural to me as breathing, especially now that we have the means to achieve great art with digital photography. It’s so exciting and I feel that my creativity has finally come to fruition with these fantastic digital tools.
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  • Norma-jean Morrison
    Norma-jean Mor...almost 4 years ago

    Chris, I have to hand it too you as you make sense of all of this world, and this is so good without a doubt all my thanks and love always Normaje..

  • Hi Normajean, so lovely to be back online … so much to catch up on! Thanks dear friend for all your wonderful comments and faves! Big hugs, Chris xxxx

    – Chris Armytage™

  • Lynda Heins
    Lynda Heinsalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful work Chris…..has to be a fave!!

  • Hi Lynda – great to be back online at last! Thanks so much for your wonderful comments and the fave :))x

    – Chris Armytage™

  • Margi
    Margialmost 4 years ago

    beautiful work Chris :))

  • Thanks so much Margaret, lovely to be back at last!

    – Chris Armytage™

  • Pamela Jayne Smith
    Pamela Jayne S...almost 4 years ago


  • Thanks so much Pamela :)x

    – Chris Armytage™

  • Carol Knudsen
    Carol Knudsenalmost 4 years ago

    Gorgeous warmth to this!

  • Thanks so much Carol :)x

    – Chris Armytage™

  • trish725
    trish725almost 4 years ago

  • Great to be back and see that lovely banner on my work, thanks so much Trish :))x

    – Chris Armytage™

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotalmost 4 years ago

    Very beautiful work, Chris!

  • Hi AuntDot, lovely to be back at last – I’ve got some catching up to do now! :)) xx

    – Chris Armytage™

  • Robin King
    Robin Kingalmost 4 years ago

    Absolutely exqusite! Rich and warm and lovely!

  • I am sooooo happy you like it ME, thanks so much :))xxx

    – Chris Armytage™

  • anaisanais
    anaisanaisalmost 4 years ago


  • Thanks so much Anna, so lovely to be back online again. I hope you are well dear friend :))xxx

    – Chris Armytage™

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesalmost 4 years ago

    Fascinating information and quote to go with your gorgeous image!!! So rich in color and mood!!!

  • Thanks so much Angie :)

    – Chris Armytage™

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