The Shrine of Hazrat Ali, also known as the Blue Mosque, in Mazar-i-Sharif, is one of the reputed burial places of Ali ibn Abi Talib, cousin and son-in law of Muhammad. I spent several days there in April 2012, and as the sun sat low in the sky and warmed the richly saturated tiled building, women began to flood in. I was told that the mosque was specifically open for them on Wednesday’s. As with many things Afghan, this sense of optimism was soon overtaken by old stark realities. As I continued to work, a crowd of initially disgruntled men formed around, their increasing aggression aimed firmly at my Afghan translator and myself. Soon several policemen joined in and I was evicted for taking photographs of women - which I had not deliberately done so. This image is the one shot that I did take with a female subject, and every time that I look at it, I am reminded not of the beauty of the photograph, but of the difficulties it caused me that fine spring evening.