Ruins, Relics, and Memorials/Monuments - Pervez Photography

Some of my photos from historical sights and artifacts from across the globe, especially in Turkey, China, and London. Seeing these places and items is always such a humbling experience for me because it reminds me that, a very long time ago, people, with limited tools and technology, were still able to make magnificent works that persist to this day in some form. These are often not places where masses assemble anymore, so there's a sense of reflective peace at most of them. You can sit down, view the remains, and appreciate what it would have been like to be in one of these places many years ago. Monuments and memorials are less ancient (sometimes), but carry a similar sentiment. These places also honor the past, and are places where one can sit and reflect on history, albeit more recent in most cases. With all these places, however, there is a sense of appreciation of where we have come from, and a possibility to learn lessons for where we are moving towards in the future. 

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Got a sun flare at a soldier's grave (to cover up the name, which I don't want seen in a photo out of respect for whoever this soldier was and their family) in the late afternoon on Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery - a somber day, to be sure, but there is a heightened sense of respect and community as families and friends visit their loved ones. Also, there is a lot of effort made to put American flags on the graves, and I have to imagine the uniformity of that provides those who are missing their fallen some comfort.

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