Keyvan Minoukadeh

Spain by Keyvan Minoukadeh
All pics in this post by Keyvan

I love taking photos. I’ve even been lucky enough to get paid to take photos and had them published. But I know when someone has a better eye than me. It makes me jealous, sad and a bit crazy but you have to realise, as an artist, when someone is just better than you.

One of those many people is Keyvan Minoukadeh. I’ve known Keyvan for years and lately he’s been kind enough to be my webhost. Although he’s only taken up SLR photography recently, his pictures are some of the most magical I’ve ever seen from any photographer. And he’s a relative beginner, damn him! 😀

Angels by Keyvan Minoukadeh

Whether it’s people or architecture, cats or landscapes, his pictures have a quality that mine rarely have but that I strive for: they hit you. I see a pic by Keyvan and it’s BOOM! He’s simply got an amazing natural eye for images.

Cat by Keyvan Minoukadeh

So, if you’d like to feast your eyes on some absolutely gorgeous photography, please head over to Keyvan’s Gallery.

I’m going to go and have a look again in a bit. After I’ve stopped crying.

My Easter Sermon

THE ALMIGHTY GOD!
God, earlier today. Lovely feller, the almighty.

Catholic group Opus Dei has asked for a disclaimer to be placed on the film of The Da Vinci Code, released next month.

The organisation said it had written to Sony Pictures executives in Japan to ask the studio to emphasise that the film was a work of fantasy.

Based on Dan Brown’s novel, The Da Vinci Code claims Jesus Christ married Mary Magdalene and had children, which was covered up by the Catholic Church.

“Some media have written that Sony is examining the possibility of putting at the beginning of the film an announcement to clarify that it is a work of fantasy and that any similarity with reality is purely coincidental,” Opus Dei said in a statement.
(Source: BBC News)

Yes, this seems entirely justified to me. And while we’re at it, can we please add this foreword to the front of every Koran, Veda, Bible and all other religious texts:

THIS BOOK IS A WORK OF FANTASY. PLEASE DO NOT USE THIS BOOK AS A BASIS FOR YOUR MORALITY / LEGAL SYSYEM / MASS-MURDER OF PEOPLE WHO DO NOT AGREE WITH IT. IT IS A WORK OF FANTASY AND ANY SIMILARITY WITH REALITY IS PURELY COINCIDENTAL.

What I find most hilarious about Opus Dei’s statement is that they’re perfectly willing to accept that there’s a giant ghost who created everything and then incarnated a bit of himself as a human in order to be brutally killed. But the idea that this human man got married and had kids, that’s fantasy! Walking on water – TRUTH! Kissing a lady – FANTASY!

Christians, Scientologists, Muslims, Jews, Sikhs, Moonies, Hindus, Buddhists, what can you do, eh? Can’t live with them, can’t get them to stop oppressing / slaughtering other humans in the name of their peaceful, all-loving gods….

According to Wikipedia, 16% of the world population isn’t religious. Perhaps it’s time us rational people started complaining every time we have to watch “factual” TV programs that talk about angels or other ghosties. Why should my licence fee go towards paying for ‘Songs Of Praise?’ Where’s my ‘Songs Of Blasphemy And Heresy?’

I tell you, the next time I see God, he’s gonna get such a kicking…