Photo by Zann Huizhen Huang Copyright 2013.
I have never been to Iran but it is definitely on my list of places to go to. I have friends of Persian descent and I have always loved the elegant script and sound of the Farsi language. It is a country and civilization rich with history and culture - and the food is good too..!
D and I went to check out an Iranian photo exhibition at the Arts House in Singapore. You can check out the details here. We were both blown away by the charm and simplicity of the shots.
We were also delighted to get a chance to meet the photographer, Zann Huizhen Huang. We spent some time sharing anecdotes about traveling through the Middle East. Her philosophy for photography is around simplicity and getting close to her subjects. Zann travelled in and around Iran from 2006-10 and developed a portfolio of very candid shots over the course of around 20 trips. You can see her talking a little more about her philosophy at TEDx in Kuala Lumpur.
In the late afternoon we watched an Iranian movie called The Separation - it has won some awards and is a nice look into the everyday life of normal people. If you are curious about Iranian cinema you might want to check out this series by Vice Media. I love the part where Shane Smith collects the fake award at the film festival!
Now as evening falls it only seems fitting to pop into Nasrin on Arab Street for some tea and a lemon-mint qalyan!
It was nice to get a view of some Iranian vistas today without any reference to war, aggression or the belligerent but often amusing rhetoric of Ahmadinejad. It made me even more enthusiastic to visit Iran one day soon.