I visited al-Masjid an-Nabawi in the end of 2013 and have visited Al Rawdah many times since then, and I was attracted by the beauty of the place. I stood observing this holy place and I challenged myself to find domes that had identical. I enjoyed every detail of the artwork, so much so it was as if I was experiencing the emotional state of the artist as he drew them.
The architects preserved the decoration of the inside of the domes with landscape drawings of trees and flowers. The mosque had a unique, artistic decoration designed by very famous Islamic calligraphers – one of whom was the calligrapher Abdullah Zuhdi Afandi who spent three years ornamenting the roof, walls, and columns with elegant Thuluth calligraphy of Qur’anic verses and Islamic prayers.
Earlier in 2014, I started my photography project in order to capture all the domes and their paintings. I was lucky that no one else had attempted this before. I called my project “Rawdah min Riyad-ul-Jannah” (Piece of Paradise).
While executing my project, I started to discover the secrets behind the domes and how they preserved their beautiful colors that did not fade and were not affected by time. After in-depth research, I found out that these domes were painted once a year by a group of workers who worked like bees. I will continue this project by documenting the social life and multi-cultural artistic backgrounds of these people and the strategies behind their performance.