Chomejni instead of Pepsi

November 30th, 2012 by Xerxes | Comments Off on Chomejni instead of Pepsi

Chomejni in the moon

Dear viewers, the Pepsi logo was supposed to be projected on the moon tonight, but the image of the Late Emam won, just as it did thirty something years ago. Because many people don’t believe this, I’ve decided to show you more clearly how to see Chomejni in the moon crescent. Once in a while this […]

One nation, two worlds

November 25th, 2012 by Xerxes | Comments Off on One nation, two worlds

One nation, two worlds: Secular family vs. Islamist couple

This is one of my favorite pictures. I took it in the entrance to the Nation Park (park e mellæt) in Tehran. I like it because it shows you the difference between secular and religious people. The couple on the left is religious. The easiest way to tell that would be to look at the […]

Holocaust Day Timeline

November 15th, 2012 by Xerxes | Comments Off on Holocaust Day Timeline

Holocaust Day Timeline

I’ve always felt a certain affinity to the Jewish people and identified with their fate. The two nations have had a long common history – Cyrus the Great allowed the Jews to return to their homeland, and young Israel helped Iran become a modern country and overcome the adverse affects of earthquakes (without their help, […]

Family in the Park

November 10th, 2012 by Xerxes | Comments Off on Family in the Park

Akhund family in the park

Your first thought about Iran is probably related to the negative aspects of extreme Islam. They exist, no doubt. But look at this family in the park. They could have been any family in any park in the world, but they’re dressed differently. The man with the turban is a Mollah – i.e. Islamic clergy. […]

Still Life in Tehran

November 3rd, 2012 by Xerxes | Comments Off on Still Life in Tehran

Still Life in Tehran

I know it’s internetly “wrong”, but I want this picture to be larger than the post’s width. This picture always gives me a pleasant shiver, and the bigger it is the deeper I feel it. I took this picture in Tehran, shortly after falling in love, and after a long time with no inspiration. Flowers […]

We are all organs of one another – Saadi

October 28th, 2012 by Xerxes | Comments Off on We are all organs of one another – Saadi

All men are the limbs of one body.

This is one of the most famous verses of Persian poetry, maybe even the most famous. It was written by the 12-13 century Shirazi poet Saadi: بنی آدم اعضای یکدیگرند که در آفرينش ز یک گوهرند چو عضوى به درد آورد روزگار دگر عضوها را نماند قرار تو کز محنت دیگران بی غمی نشاید که […]

Self Portrait

October 26th, 2012 by Xerxes | Comments Off on Self Portrait

self portrait

This is a more recent picture of me with my one-eyed black daughter, taken in the summer of 2012. It was one of my last trips in Iran, a family trip to the north. My strongest memory from this trip is the terrible toilets that were a crappy hut on the hillside. The door needed […]

Steel Beggar in Tehran

October 23rd, 2012 by Xerxes | Comments Off on Steel Beggar in Tehran

steel beggar

The thing you see in the following picture is called Geda Ahæni (see my transliteration for correct pronunciation), i.e. an iron beggar. This is part of my series about the aspects of Tehran you will not read about in the newspapers. Iron beggars are spread all over the country. As you see, these metal boxes […]

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