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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Warmer Days

 The cold days of today make the warm days of the past hard to believe. Photos are slices of time that remind us of the coming warm days. Photos, oblivious to the history of people, capture them in a slice as soon as they happen to be in a frame, while those people might never see each other.

روزهای سرد امروز باور روزهای گرم دیروز را مشکل میکنند. عکسها برشهایی از زمانند که به یاد ما می آورند که روزهای گرم باز هم در پیشند. عکسها بدون اهمیت به گذشته ی آدمها، آنها را به محض این که در یک قاب قرار میگیرند روی یک برش ثبت می کنند. درحالی که شاید آن آدمها هیچ وقت هم دیگر را نبینند.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Canadian Finals Rodeo 2013

Canadian Finals Rodeo was held in Edmonton in November 2013. I went on an assignment for The Gateway, but this wasn't the only reason.  This was a great opportunity for me to witness not only a sport event, but a cultural event. Every culture has things that might make outsiders or even people who grew up with it happy, sad, angry, or astonished. Nevertheless, I wasn't there to judge. I was there just to see. In this essay, I tried to look at the cowboys who compete in this competition. To maybe show the solitude that I felt has become part of them. Something that I felt exists also in desert cultures. As always, I hope you enjoy this photos and I would like to know your thoughts.


Saturday, November 23, 2013

Anticipation


Behind the Edmonton Oiler's hockey rink which was filled with dirt for Rodeo competitions, cowboys from as far as Texas were preparing for the 8 seconds they were going to be in the spotlight. A long anticipation for such a short time to put all your experience, all your training, and all your effort into making it work. 

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Halloween

Last year I did a short project about Halloween. This year I just went out with my old point and shoot camera wrapped in a plastic bag without having any specific project or goal in mind. I hope you enjoy the photos and let me know what you think.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Original Starbucks


Pike Place Market in Seattle is the birth place of Starbucks. The first Starbucks store was opened there in 1971 and still serving coffee to customers. The logo is slightly different and you can find the evolution of the logo easily on the web. I visited Pike Place Market on a rainy day and found it to be lively. Here is a photo of what it looks like in front of the first Starbucks ever.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

San Francisco Preview


I just loved the light in San Francisco. This is a scene from China Town of SF which is very busy during the day and less busy in evening. Also, there is a lot of people with fancy cameras, but I don't know how many of them were actually tourists and how many photographers or both. I will be posting the photos from SF in form of a photo essay soon. I am now working on what to include and what to exclude and how to order things. Doing street photography in a city like SF makes it definitely harder to come back to Edmonton. I think I am going to start a documentary project soon and be a bit less on streets to keep myself from freezing!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Feeding Seagulls

While visiting my sister in Seattle, we were walking around Puget Sound and found this place with a lot of seagulls. People were feeding them and seagulls were trying to steal food as soon as they get the chance. I visited San Francisco and Seattle and both of them are great cities for photography. San Francisco seems to be more culturally diverse and experiencing lots of tourists so it is sometimes hard to get away from tourist areas. Seattle seem to be culturally rich but in a different way. The hometown of Jimi Hendrix is full of art.

The best part of this trip was visiting my sister and visiting many good friends after 6 or 7 years. If I get a chance I will go back to these two cities to do more photography and enjoy great food.



Monday, September 16, 2013

Thursday, August 22, 2013

An Afternoon in a Barbershop

Shaving in a barbershop should be an interesting experience. I mean trusting your neck with another person who has a razor and is not a doctor, right!? I saw it in movies but I didn't know that people still shave in barbershops. I think one of most famous scenes of a barbershop would be in The Great Dictator by Charlie Chaplin where he shaves the beard of his customer to the rhythm of Hungarian Dance No.5 by Johannes Brahms (here). A frightening portrayal of shaving would be in Sweeney Todd by Tim Burton (spoiler alert) where the barber use the shaving opportunity to take revenge from people. In many mafia movies there are references to shaving in barbershop like in The Godfather and Donnie Brasco. In The Godfather (spoiler alert) one of the hitmans who is going to kill one of the heads of the five families is shaving in a barbershop before the murder (here). In Donnie Brasco (spoiler alert) the guy who is kind of a reference for Donnie is shaving in a barbershop while telling Donnie don't embarrass me in front of Lefty.

A few months ago we did a feature in The Gateway called Pretty Boys: Barber Culture at Barber Ha so I spent about 2 hours in a barbershop called Barber Ha on Whyte avenue on a Saturday afternoon. So here are a few of my photos from Barber Ha:



and also you can read the feature here:


Sunday, August 18, 2013

Chinatown Evening Market

A small evening market in a corner of Chinatown. One block north is the Hope Mission's shelter and two blocks south a building has been ripped apart by two excavators. Wandering around Chinatown, I found it mostly empty. Only a small group of people were enjoying this evening market.
 
 

Monday, August 12, 2013

Selling Life-Styles

Life-styles are being promoted by TV, Ads, Internet. It is even hard not to look at it. Our taste is constantly being manipulated to the point that we don't even know how things was before being affected. It is like not remembering how alphabetical letters looked like before being able to read them! I don't know what can be done. It seems that for some of us there is an ongoing struggle not to choose advertised life-style fantasies. And for many of us the struggle is over. It seems that nowadays advertisements play more roles than just promoting a product, and we are so unprepared for this.


Saturday, August 3, 2013

Returning to street!


It has been a while that I was very busy and although I was taking photos I wasn't doing my projects and wasn't taking photos on street. Now hopefully I will find more time to do this kind of work. So this is today in downtown Edmonton. The lady seemed busy sorting her documents while other people were going about their business.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Upcoming Gateway Feature


It has been a while since I posted. The reason is that I forgot to post my last post on my Facebook page on my blog! Also, I am a bit more busy this summer but I am trying to keep up with photos as well!

So last weekend we shot a feature for The Gateway in a barbershop called Barber Ha. It is on Whyte ave. So make sure to check out next online issue of The Gateway that is coming out on July 16th. The photo here is a sneak peek from the feature.


Monday, June 3, 2013

Street Rap


Streets of Edmonton were surprisingly busy this weekend. I took this photo and then got acquainted with Andrew "Chainreaction" Willocks who was rapping on street. He gave me his Album called "The Man I Became", which I didn't have a chance to listen to yet.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Highlights of the Projects

As I was talking to a friend he told me to present the projects as a whole rather than showing the photos one by one. Apparently this shows my assumption that people know what I am doing was wrong. So here is the deal. The photos I post here are just highlights of the projects. The projects are in progress and I will present them when I finish them.

This photo is also a highlight from the "Distances Between Us" project


Sunday, May 5, 2013

Waiting For The Bus


Finally the weather is great! No kidding! This was the first weekend that I didn't have to wear a jacket in the past 7 months! Downtown was alive. Well ... mostly at bus stops and Churchill Square. So I worked on my projects a bit and hopefully these many concurrent projects will come to a conclusion at some point.  This photo was shot for the "Distances Between Us" Project. I was just so excited that I  saw a soccer ball on the other side of the street so I went there and captured this.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Trust!


Downtown Edmonton has an interesting dynamic. There are clusters of people who go around together. Maybe one of the ways these clusters are formed is when they are all waiting for the green light to cross the street. This reminds me of a phenomenon that I read about some years ago about how buses tend to reach each other on a route and form a cluster. It is called Bus Bunching. Anyway, other than these rare clusters of people, one will mostly see huge distances between people. That is part of the reason that this photo is also part of my "distances between us" project.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Americanization

Before coming to Canada I read about this phenomenon called Americanization that is affecting countries like Canada. Some of the people I talked to about the Coffee project, that I am working on, specially Michael the owner of Java Jive coffee, which is closing this month of 37 years of serving Edmonton, blame demise of many local businesses partially on uncontrolled monster franchise companies from United States. This phenomenon can be assessed from different aspects such as cultural effects and business effects and can be a whole separate project itself. Hopefully I will find more time later to talk about it.


Thursday, April 4, 2013

Distances


This is part of the "Distances Between Us" project that I am keeping on the back of my mind while doing street photography. I want to explore distances between people. There are many aspects to these distances and hopefully I am going to explore these.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Happy Norooz (Nowruz)

Happy Norooz  ( What is norooz? )  to all. I wish you all the best and happiness in the new year. I was walking around the traditional bazaar of Hamadan in Iran in march 2008 and taking photos. This is a tub in which merchants sell goldfish to be put usually in a fish bowl on the Haftsin table ( What is Haftsin table? ). Haftsin in a nutshell is a symbol for our new year. I think maybe the feeling we have about Haftsin table could be close to the feeling that people in Canada or US have towards a Christmas tree. This is of course only my opinion, maybe people have different feelings about Haftsin table and Christmas tree.


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Coffee

This photo is part of a project that I am doing about Coffee & Cafe in Edmonton. This project initially started as a feature assignment for The Gateway but I am planning to expand it a little bit more photographically. You can read the feature in this Wednesday's issue of The Gateway. I will hopefully post updates about the progress of this project as well.


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Works in Progress

This photo is part of the recent work I am doing for myself. So hopefully someday I will have an essay or maybe a book even. My work now is concentrated in photographing life. But what is life and where are the places that have people and no life and where are the places without people and full of life are being defined little by little in the course of this project. This overall definition for the project has several or subcategories. I will hopefully get more time to bring these little essays or sub-projects to life.
 

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Book Loving Cats!

I have just realized that there is a cat in all the second-hand bookstores I know in Edmonton! There might be a correlation between being a book lover and being a cat lover!


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Scared Dog!

A street hockey tournament was held in Edmonton as part of the Deep Freeze festival to help creating stronger and safer communities. During one of the games a dog who was tied to a shop's sidewalk board got scared by the sound of players running into the fences, knocked down the sidewalk board, and made a scene. Substitute players of the teams tried to calm the dog and find the owner. The owner was found a little later and the dog was happy again.


Sunday, January 13, 2013

Cowgirls Walking on Stilts

Cowgirls walk with stilts at the Deep Freeze festival in Edmonton, Alberta. These festivals are supported by the city of Edmonton to help create stronger and safer communities. This and Kaleido Festival were both held on 118th avenue. This street used to have a bad reputation according to the people whom I talked with; however, these programs are helping to bring a change. The city has also provided some tax cuts to the shops on this street to help them renovate to give the street a new look according to one of the members of this community.


Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Busking At Midnight of New Year

After new year's fireworks were finished I saw a street performer playing in the midst of chaos and all the people who were leaving the Churchill square in downtown Edmonton. Of course we can assume that he is busking for the love of music, but I think it is unrealistic to think that is the only reason.