Forever Under Construction

Kamshots

Posted in England, Iran, Photo, Photography by homeyra on April 19, 2007

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12 Apr 07 – Man with a briefcase
Saadi street-Tehran

Photos, courtesy of Kamshots Shirin!

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9 Apr 07 – 2 sacks to deliver
Molavi street-Tehran

Kamyar spent Nowruz in Iran. Here are his latest pictures.
His photo gallery consists of three sections:
Tehran-black and white
Tehran-Colour
Oxfordians

Click on the pictures to see the actual size

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25 Mar 07 -Ghahveh Khaneye Azari
Raah Ahan-Tehran

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2 Jul 06 – Persian love
Darband mountains-Tehran

And this is what Shirin has written in the about page:

Kamyar Adl‘s first ever memory is looking up from his pushchair at the sun shining through the leaves on the trees that danced in the wind. He liked that.
Kamyar says, ‘I became obsessed with 35mm cameras when I was a teenager after playing with my Brothers Nikon EL2 and its 50mm 1:1.4 lens.’ Some years later when his brother left Iran for LA, Kamyar and the poor ownerless Nikon became inseparable. After finishing school Kamyar spent a short while at Azad University studying photography but he soon left to do his military service in some desert near the Iran Iraq border.
Kamyar never went back to university but he did some photography jobs here and there one of which being taking photos of old doors and windows in downtown Tehran for a famous Iranian architect.
Then at the age of twenty five ‘I got married to the love of my life Shirin and moved to England’ says Kamyar (at this point Shirin has a very big grin on her face and misty eyes. She thinks about making Kamyar’s favourite dinner for him, Khoreshteh Bademjoon)
‘But don’t write that.’
‘Why?’
‘Because it’s cheesy.’
‘No it’s not.’
‘Yes it is. And it’s also kind of Bollywood. I work in a factory remember? The guys at work will crucify me if they read this.

… Kamyar currently works as a rectifier at BMW Plant Oxford. He does not get much Khoreshteh Bodemjoon and he often finds that when he goes to take a bath, the water is cold.”

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2 Jul 06 -Stockmore Street
Oxford
Photos, courtesy of Kamshots

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23 Oct 06 –JR In Action, St Clement’s
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  1. eatbees said, on April 20, 2007 at 5:58 pm

    This is excellent work — thank you for presenting it. I like the photos of Tehran best, but the ones of Oxford make a nice complement since both sets are basically street scenes. What is surprising (for me) in most of the shots of Tehran is the way things are faded, run down, and yet it has the charm of authenticity — I want to be there and speak with these people.

  2. homeyra said, on April 20, 2007 at 6:30 pm

    Thanks for your visit and comment eatbees. I also like Kamyar’s work and vision. As you wrote the pictures are this dual quality: posed, yet authentic.
    He is also humorous. There is “quality” in his vision, and you are welcome! People are here for you to speak to them 🙂

  3. musicalchef said, on April 20, 2007 at 6:32 pm

    Great pics! The one with the bike reminds me of Pakistan. I think the funniest “bike incident” we saw this time was one guy on a bike, carrying one end of a long ladder, and then another guy coming up behind with the other end. I guess one just had to be there, but it was funny. Another was a guy riding a bike (actually, a motorcycle, i think), with a kid sitting on his shoulders. It made me think of the “megaperson” scene from “Kicking and Screaming!”

  4. homeyra said, on April 20, 2007 at 7:00 pm

    I am sure Pakistan is a great place for a photograph! I also appreciate the fun side of Kamyar’s pictures.

  5. thepoetryman said, on April 20, 2007 at 7:30 pm

    Wow. This person sure knows his way around the shot. His subjects, lighting, all of it are beautiful.
    Thank you for sharing.

  6. eatbees blog » Meanwhile in Iraq said, on April 21, 2007 at 4:05 am

    […] to Black Iris of Jordan for the Baghdad photo (original source: AFP via BBC) and to Forever Under Construction for the photo of Tehran (original source: online gallery of photographer […]

  7. homeyra said, on April 21, 2007 at 5:15 am

    True Poetryman! A Poet with a camera 🙂

  8. eatbees said, on April 21, 2007 at 5:29 am

    > People are here for you to speak to them 😀

    I’m not sure my government, or yours, would let that happen right now. But the situation may look different in a couple of years. Believe me, it’s an ambition of mine! Anyway it’s not culture, but politics that puts barriers between people.

  9. homeyra said, on April 21, 2007 at 8:47 am

    Eatbees, I just thought of the punch line of Anthony Hopkins in the “Legend of the Fall”:
    F#*# the P’s… 🙂 Btw, have a look at this.
    Thinking over about Kamyar’s pictures: I think on can feel the “loving” look of the photographer.

  10. irmgardartig said, on January 29, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    good pictures, snowball and impressions

  11. homeyra said, on January 29, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    hi irmgardartig. I just realized that some of your great site is also presented in English.
    You have launched a very interesting project. Will follow up.

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