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The Vast Expanse: Visualizing Collective Consciousness

Tuesday 05.21.2013 , Posted by

1 Altamash Urooj

Being human is such a strange thing. We are given this opportunity as a conscious being to experience the universe, yet our perceptions of our self can divide us and make us forget that we all came from the universe. Carl Sagan explains, “The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.” Though we may look different, dress differently, and have different beliefs, we are all conscious beings made up of the same exact stuff. Altamash Urooj has captured this idea beautifully in a photo series he calls The Vast Expanse. The Pakistani/Venezuelan photographer visualized the collective conscious by wrapping models in cloth shrouds. In this way, you can not tell whether they are a man or a woman or what race they belong to- they are all just human. A visual communication graduate from the American University in Dubai with a concentration in photography, Altamash’s work often features themes of the “ongoing struggle that every creative soul encounters on his journey to becoming an artist…His passion is to discuss, explore, depict and project his cathartic struggle to be delivered from the dark womb of creativity into the light of artistic expression.” [Read more…]

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