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Collis is a designer, entrepreneur, writer and Baha’i. He is the CEO of Australian tech company Envato, and cofounder of Baha’i Blog / Half Light Media.

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10 Gorgeous Photos Inside and Out of the Baha’i Temple in Germany

Located at the foot of the Taunus Mountains of Germany, in the village of Langenhain, near Frankfurt, the Baha’i House of Worship in Germany was completed in 1964. Today Baha’is in Germany number in the thousands, and the country was home to one of the world’s first National Assemblies, elected in 1923. And when the House of Worship was dedicated, it was done so by the Hand of the Cause Ruhiyyih Khanum, who represented the first elected Universal House of Justice.

The German Baha’i House of Worship is the mother temple of Europe, and is known for particularly notable acoustics created within the dome. Built from steel, aluminium and glass, the dome has over five hundred diamond shaped windows that bring light in while giving the building its characteristic visual feel. We’ve collected a selection of beautiful photos of the temple for your enjoyment! Continue reading

9 Breathtaking Photos from the Baha’i World Centre

The Baha’i World Center in Israel is the spiritual and administrative heart of our Faith. So it’s no surprise that images of the Holy places are always popular with Baha’is around the world. In fact our previous post of images from the Baha’i gardens is one of our most viewed. When I recently stumbled upon Californian photographer Dana Allen’s gorgeous gallery of images from a 2013 trip to Haifa I was particularly excited. They are not only beautiful photos, but also some of the more unique that I’ve come across in their treatment and view. Dana’s graciously consented to us showcasing a set here, but if you’d like to see the whole gallery, as well as more stunning photography head to his portfolio site.

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12 Photos of Africa’s Extraordinary Baha’i Temple in Uganda

For more than fifty years, the Baha’i House of Worship in Kampala, Uganda, has been in the Guardian’s words, ‘the spiritual heart of Africa’. It was built in the first decade of Uganda’s Baha’i history, and has stood through the years of plenty, when the Baha’i community of Uganda grew to be the largest on the continent. In the 1970s a wave of Sub-Saharan countries banned the Baha’i Faith, including Uganda, under then rule Idi Amin, but this ban was rescinded in the following decade, and today Uganda is home to tens of thousands of Baha’is.

We’ve collected a dozen photos of the mother temple of Africa from Flickr and 500px, to give you a visual glimpse of this beautiful hub of Baha’i activity and worship. Continue reading

The Signature Paper Artistry of Renée Farrant

Several months ago we featured the music video of Baha’i singer Shameem’s new song Under One Sun. Not only is it lovely music, but the whole clip showcases some amazing paper artwork, including a full-length dress made of paper! I had never seen this kind of artistry before, and it’s truly something to behold. The work is courtesy of the talented hands of Renée Farrant, a Baha’i from Western Australia who expresses herself and her faith through this deceptively simple medium in some extremely intricate forms, often marrying two and three dimensional pieces with light and shade. You can find Renée’s work online, and we asked her to give us some insight into the inspiration and process that goes into it. Continue reading

The Instagram’ed Photographic Works of Lady Lugsch-Tehle

Artist, photographer and NineteenMonths contributor, Lindsey Lugsch-Tehle currently resides in the US and is pursuing a masters degree in Interfaith Action. As an avid traveller, her Instagram account is a source of inspiring images from around the world, including some beautiful images of the Holy Land. We caught up with Lindsey to ask her a few questions and to showcase some of her lovely works! Be sure to follow her on Instagram and 500px! Continue reading

15 Captivating Photos of the Baha’i House of Worship in Wilmette

Designed by Canadian architect Jean-Baptiste Louis Bourgeois, and officially dedicated in 1953, the Baha’i House of Worship in Wilmette, Illinois sees hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. It’s a beautiful building with an exquisitely ornate construction, that is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. We’ve collected here some gorgeous images from social photo sharing site 500px, you can click through to see them full-screen, or purchase a print.

You can learn more about the House of Worship including how and when to visit, or take a trip through history with the Chicago Tribune’s collection of Classic Photos that even includes a photo from the temple’s 1931 fire. Continue reading