How it

all began...

Faisal Mirza met Peter Sanders in the early 2000s and immediately felt the urge to spend time with him by traveling and further learn from his vast knowledge in the world of photography and spiritual wellbeing. But instead, he wanted others to join as well to create collective group trips to explore how participants see the world, while also getting to spend time with Peter Sanders. Shortly after, the first AOS Journey was organized in Istanbul, and the team hasn't stopped since then.  

Peter Sanders

The eminent Peter Sanders began his career in the 1960s as one of London's most well known rock & roll photographers, shooting musicians like Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, and more. His journey in the world of rock & roll led him to discover different faiths, and then ultimately brought him to Islam. He traveled to Madinah and Makkah and photographed the Holy Ka'aba in all of its glory, later being named as one of the 500 most influential Muslims in the world. He has also published several books, including "The Art of Integration", "In the Shade of the Tree", and most recently, "Meetings with Mountains".


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    Hannan believes that photography is an extension of spirituality. He says there’s an amazing world out there, but an infinitely more amazing world within us that should be explored with fellow photographers and artists. Hannan has been shooting both commercially and as a hobby for over 10 years, with his Fujifilm x100 series and Canan 5D. Stay up to date with his work on Instagram, @hzmian and @hannan_mian. 

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    Floris has had a passion for photography from a very young age. Although he is based in The Hague, The Netherlands, Floris works as a freelance commercial photographer all around the world.

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    Atif Saeed is a landscape and nature photographer, best known for capturing a lion at a safari zoo right before he charged towards the young photographer. Based in Pakistan, Atif is passionate about spending time in wilderness, and his aim is to transpire a positive impact through his work, to his viewers, followers, and fans. He started photography on a professional level in 2002, and has published several books including "Lahore is Lahore", "Land of the Rhyming Cliffs", "Colours of Vibrant Pakistan", and most recently "A Splendour to Behold".

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