Mythical Landscapes of Pakistan go on display

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Postcards from Pakistan tell positive stories about the country: Australian envoy

Zubair Qureshi

After arriving in Islamabad two years ago, I knew I needed to tell a different, more positive story about Pakistan and I started the blog ‘Postcards from Pakistan,’ to share not just the photos but stories from my travels throughout Pakistan.

These views were expressed by Australian photographer and blogger Gaynor Shaw at the exhibition of her work under the title ‘Mythical Landscapes” by at Satrang Gallery on Monday.

Australian High Commissioner Dr Geoffrey Shaw was the chief guest who opened the photography exhibition.

Gaynor’s fascination with northern Pakistan started with her trip to the Northern areas of Pakistan, Gilgit, Hunza, and Skardu.

She was captivated with the beauty and grandeur of these magical landscapes, which she captured through her lens in this series of photographs.

“I kept hearing locals and friends speak about the beauty of Gilgit Baltistan and the dramatic mountain landscapes.

I knew that I had to visit and see this magical landscape for myself. My trip started in Gilgit, then on to Hunza, across to Skardu, Shigar, and ended in Khaplu.

I came across stories of Shangri-la, myths and legends, and mountaineering heroes such as Ali Sadpara.

The descriptions I read of these breathtaking places do not do them justice, I hope my photographs do,” Gaynor Shaw added.

Speaking at the event, the Australian High Commissioner said, “Today’s exhibition showcases the timeless beauty of a truly spectacular part of the world.

I’m sure it will help build further the cultural connections between our two countries, as well as promote the colourful, vibrant and diverse culture of the region.”

“Art can often speak things that words cannot. It has a unique capacity to evoke emotions, to foster understanding and to connect people, including the people of Australia and Pakistan,” the High Commissioner added.

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