GPP SLIDEFEST XI

I will be showing and speaking about my photo-project in Dubai Knowledge Village Auditorium along with seven other great photographers, very happy to be part of this.

'The Sun Under Shade' my self-published book

It's done at last it took me a while to finish this from scanning all the film images to editing and making a cohesive Book from this portraiture series of the wonderful African Albinos I made 2 years ago. it was very short around 2 weeks I couldn't stay any longer since I was low in budget, I thought I would come back again but some unfortunate incidents like my camera equipment worth thousands of dollars getting stolen in Egypt, ruined all my plans...but overall I'm happy with the outcome. This book is in the nonprofits&fundraising section of the Blurb bookstore and 100% of the mark-up will be donated to UTSS's Education scholarship fund (ESF) which offers education grants to keen and dedicated students with albinism. The Printed book came out a bit pricey but I am hoping those who can't afford it can buy an ebook which only costs 13$, would still be much of a help. 

Fruit Workers of Gorgan

This is a series I did in 2012 which was commissioned by the Sarv Art Project to Photograph the current condition of workers in the fruit market of Iran/Gorgan district. for every 1 Ton of fruit and veg they carry to unload or load trucks the workers get paid only 3000 Tomans which is less than a dollar, Children collecting Fallen Fruits from the ground or Trash and reselling them outside the Market, truck drivers are always on hold waiting to get loaded. I became interested in their personal writings behind their trucks which are a mix of poems, religious writings and moral slogans etc…which often depicts the workers personality and Nostalgic feelings towards his own life.

Alamut

Alamut is a region in Iran including western and eastern parts in the western edge of the Alborz (Elburz) massif, between the dry and barren plain of Qazvin in the south and the densely forested slopes of the Mazandaran province in the north. Starting from Qazvin toward Alamut, passing through the first range of hills, curvatures, forms, scars, wrinkles are significant themes in nature's composition of this area. Two big citadels of Ismailists, Lambsar and Alamut castles are in this area. In 1090 A.D, Hassan-i Sabbah the leader of Ismailites in Iran and his Hashashins (Assassins) controlled the area for many years. [Source]  

I started photographing this unique and untouched area In Iran since june 2012 mainly with an analogue horizon camera and a medium format Holga trying to capture the spirit and mood of this region.

Aberdare National Park

The park is located in central Kenya about 100 km north from Nairobi. The park contains a wide range of landscapes, mountain peaks to their deep v-shaped valleys intersected by streams, rivers, and waterfalls. It is a traditional belief of the Kikuyu that the Aberdare Mountain Range, where this park is located, is one of the homes of Ngai, or God.

I was lucky enough to find medium format film from a filmschool in Nairobi the english teacher was kind enough to give me all the color films he was keeping in the fridge despite the expiration date which was almost 10 years old the colors came out well, shot with a Holga CFN camera.

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