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Monday, December 17, 2012

Frameless Frames Facebook Page

I have launched the Frameless Frames page on facebook. The reason for not posting here much in the past month is that I was concentrating on putting some material on this page. Please visit and like the page  at https://www.facebook.com/framelessframes to get the latest updates.

Monday, November 19, 2012

The Untitled Photo Essay

This photo essay does not have a name! It might not even be a photo essay! My photography is about observation so these photos are about the same thing. Like always I hope you enjoy it.


Monday, November 5, 2012

Halloween!

What is Halloween? I am sure it is many different things to different people. As an observer who is fascinated by culture and who has been raised in Iran, I wanted to understand and to show my understanding of Halloween. My understanding might be very limited but here I tried to report in a journalistic way what I observe from this event. I have to thank staff of Strathcona Hotel, 124th street community, University of Alberta's student newspaper The Gateway, and all the great people who I do not know the name of but appear in these photos.



Saturday, September 29, 2012

A Dialogue in Canadian French!

I visited Montreal and Quebec City a while ago for a short period of time and I fell in love with both Old Montreal and Old Quebec City. I was also being accompanied with two very good friends which made the trip much more enjoyable. Here is my short dialogue with the streets of these two old cities: A dialogue in Canadian French!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Sleeping Outside

People sleep outside for different reasons. Some people just enjoy sleeping on grass, some don't have a place to sleep, some are tired of work, and some are put to sleep. This essay do not cover a wide range of reasons for sleeping outside. It can be seen as the beginning of a project that I want to complete someday. These photos are taken in various places during past few months.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Kaleido Festival

Kaleido Festival happened last week in Edmonton. There was a wide variety of cultural activities from decorated hearse club exhibition to Arabic belly dancing. Here I am posting the photos I took from this event.

The reason for a little bit of delay in posting in my blog was searching for a suitable slide show viewer. As some of my good friends suggested, I am now using a combination of Flash and JQuery to support all devices. Please let me know if you have any problem viewing the post and slide show.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Aurora At University of Alberta

Last night I saw the brightest Aurora in city. I took this photo from the north campus of University of Alberta. The building on left is International House and the middle building is ECSA House of East Campus Village.


Friday, August 31, 2012

Shadows

I will be posting more photos soon, it is just a matter of time to arrange them and find a nice way of publishing slide shows since some of my friends had problems with flash.

I thought after sharing so many colorful photos, how about a black and white one that I recently took.


Friday, August 17, 2012

Caribbean Festival and Parade

If you have followed my blog you might have realized that I like taking photos of people. People in many different ways represent their culture as well. Cultural differences always amazed me and to me diversity of human life style is just incredible.

Last weekend the Caribbean festival took place in Edmonton. I know you might think that a festival or a parade cannot fully represent a culture and I agree. I guess an event like this might show a very little fraction of that region's culture. The question will be asked that how exactly one can represent a culture.

I think it is not possible to showcase a culture as a whole in one sitting. There are things you can see in a carnival and you can understand things about a culture by observing the parade, people's behavior, clothes, etc. However, even with a thousand carnivals, parades, and food booths one cannot fully grasp the heart of a culture.

I think by living among a groups of people and interacting with them on a daily basis you might have a better chance of understanding a culture (of course I don't mean in a 5 star hotel!!). However, as long as we do not have that luxury, we might as well try to understand as much as we can from these events bearing in mind that our understanding might be false or biased.

I hope you enjoy my photos.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Rapid Fire Feature in The Gateway

Rapid Fire is a group of talented actors who perform improvisation comedy. For a long time their home was Varscona Theatre close to Whyte avenue. Recently they had their last show there and from September they will have a new home in Citadel Theatre.

In this week's issue of The Gateway our feature is about Rapid Fire. I shot photos for this feature during their last performance in Varscona Theatre. Below is my photo essay about Rapid Fire and then you can find the newspaper feature at the end of this post.



Thursday, July 26, 2012

Old Montreal II

High humidity and hot weather forced me to sit down for a moment. I looked around me and saw a little girl playing with her father. I took some photos and here is the result that I am sharing with you.


Sunday, July 22, 2012

Old Montreal

Finally after some weeks I found a little time to edit two of my Montreal photos. There are many left and I will post them here soon. I fell in love with old Montreal and old Quebec City. Kind street performers of Montreal, please accept my apology for posting Montreal photos so much later than the time I promised you. I will try to send photos to people who requested their photos as soon as possible.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Edmonton Whyte Ave. Art Walk

Past week we had the art walk on Whyte avenue where many artists exhibited their works. Here is a photo essay that I shot during very short time that I had. I hope you enjoy it as I enjoyed the exhibition.


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Open Market

New online issue of The Gateway is out and here is the feature that I shot the photos for. Click for full screen and easier navigation.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Conversations


- "I just had a c-section. I gave my son to a family who could take care of him."
- "Where is the father of the child?"
- "I was raped on street 4 times."
 
We all take photographs. The difference is in what we care about and how we look at things. During the time I have been doing street/documentary photography, I have had many conversations with people that I didn't know. I am grateful to them. They opened themselves and told me stories of their lives that you think could happen only to others or in movies:

- "Not many people have this tatu."
- "Where did you get that?"
- "I was head of a street gang."

Regarding ethics of journalism, I cannot say who in which picture said what. Their photos might be in any post or might not appear in my blog at all. The things I write are the things I heard from people and I trust them with the stories they told me. These are of course parts of longer conversations.

- "I survived a level 5 Aneurysm 10 years ago. I was in coma for 6 months and the problem was that I was walking in my coma."

The way I see it is that each person we see has a very distinguished personal history. Any part of these stories could have happened to us as well, or could have been part of our story. What I learned is to be grateful, to be respectful, and to love everyone.

- "I live in a group house."
- "What is that?"
- "I have schizophrenia and this house is for mentally ill."
- "Is it provided by the government?"
- "I live in a private one but there are governmental ones as well. You have to wait a long time to get into them. "
- "Why don't you live with your parents?"
- "My step-mom always gave me a bloody nose when I was a kid and my dad molested me."
- "Do you have any siblings?"
- "I have a brother. He always mentally abused me."

(Disclaimer: There is no implied connection whatsoever neither explicitly nor implicitly between the text of this post and the photos of this post or any other post that I have in this blog or anywhere else.)




Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Vocal


vo·cal - adj \ˈvō-kəl\

Definition of VOCAL

1 a : uttered by the voice : oral b : produced in the larynx : uttered with voice
2 : relating to, composed or arranged for, or sung by the human voice (vocal music)
3 : vocalic
4 a : having or exercising the power of producing voice, speech, or sound b : expressive c : full of voices : resounding d : given to expressing oneself freely or insistently : outspoken (a highly vocal critic) e : expressed in words
5 : of, relating to, or resembling the voice (vocal impairment)
 
(From Merriam-Webster Dictionary)

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Salsa!

Sometimes crazy things just happen when your time is synchronized with the ticking of the universe! You might encounter people dancing salsa on Whyte Avenue or jumping over a rope late at night! Other times when your clock is not synchronized then no matter what you do, things won't happen!

Apart from timing, the reason that it took me so long to do another update was that I was waiting for my new monitor to arrive. I bought one specifically for photo editing and I hope my photos won't have strange colors here. My guess is that my photos my look more pale but who knows! Hopefully they will match prints better than before.



Thursday, May 17, 2012

What We See!

Sometimes you have to make photos out of nothing. Arranging shapes, seeing light, observing color, and waiting for when the moment is right. I think most of the people reading my blog have walked by this place. But I am wondering how many of you know where it is!


Sunday, May 13, 2012

Grapes of Wrath

When I go out on a warm summer afternoon it is hard to believe that I experienced -40 at the same place. Suddenly empty streets are filled with people heading to cafes, bars, and restaurants. I saw a cat enjoying the afternoon by sleeping behind a shop window. It was so sleepy that it barely opened its eyes and noticed me and after a while it turned its back toward me and gave me this attitude meaning dude don't bother me and go away.

I talked with the man in the second photo as I was passing by him. He was retired after working almost 30 years for the Canada Post.  He told me that he is looking forward to see one of his grandchildren who is three years old now. He said he has not met this grandson yet.

The man in the last photo came to me and asked for money. His face immediately reminded me of the farmers from Oklahoma in The Grapes of Wrath book by Steinbeck. The farmers whose farms were taken by the banks and had to leave their ancestral lands to find food in California. It seemed like he just came out of my imagination while reading that book. I know there is movie based on the book but I have never seen it.


Saturday, April 28, 2012

Music


Winter is almost over. Time passed by so fast. I remember 28 of April last year; it was raining. Summer is here again and lots of street musicians are playing on the streets of Edmonton. It is our chance to stop for a second, and listen.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Five Strings

I have heard it from lots of photographers and read it in many books that shoot what you are passionate about. I am passionate about people, culture, the way they think, what they do, where they live etc. This great variety amazes me. I enjoy every bit of short conversations I had with the people in my photographs even if I miss some of the things they say due to their very thick accent like the 5-string guitar player. 
Mario, the guy in the bar, was working in construction, but years ago he used to enlarge and print photographs for a museum and he explained to me how they would fix a folded or cracked negative.
Recently some of my friends asked me about the photos I take from windows and reflections. Well, I love windows and reflections! and I am working on a side project on windows. Additionally, by using window reflections you put two worlds on each other: The inside world and outside (street) world. It gives you a chance to experience both views at the same time in an abstract way. 

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Melting Snow

Do we have a concept known as Weather-Shock? It can be a concept parallel to Culture Shock. I think it can happen when you go to a place with a completely different climate change pattern from the one you are used to. It was warm for last couple of weeks. You experience a sunny day and a very warm afternoon then the next morning there is 20cm of snow everywhere and it is 15 degrees colder! But it won't stop there. The day after the day it snowed it is warm again and all the snow has melted. The first photo here shows the water from melting snow dripping from the rooftops in a back alley close to Whyte avenue. Some people also chose to have a warm cup of coffee since the weather was still a bit chilly.