01. Sep 2014

The art of symbol photography in architecture

Photos: Mohammad Reza Domiri Ganji

In Iran, light in architecture has a long tradition. Back in the days of the ancient Persian religion Zoroastrianism, light was used as a symbol of the Creator, of truth, wisdom and all things good. A closer look at historic Persian architecture shows that light was also frequently used in sacred buildings (mosques) to guide worshippers to the prayer rooms.

Photographer Mohammad Reza Domiri Ganji, who comes from Northern Iran, aims to highlight the unusual features of the architecture in this region in his symbolic photography of famous historic Iranian buildings. By photographing specific aspects of these structures it is his goal to reveal their unique qualities. Mohammad Reza skilfully captures the lighting effects that determine the quality of the space. The light allows enhanced legibility of the symbols, patterns and contours in the photographs.

One of the most impressive buildings he has photographed is the Nasir al-Mulk Mosque in Shiraz. One special feature of the mosque are the stained glass windows. The coloured panes and the way they are aligned in different coloured sections provide protection against glare, but are also a wonderful sight. The magnificent interplay of light and colour that can be seen in the photos of the mosque are thanks to the fact that Mohammad Reza uses a camera with HDR technology (High Dynamic Range). The reflection of the bright colours between the columns is both dramatic and exciting. The patterns on the carpet and the colours from the stained glass windows complement one another and achieve unspoken aesthetic order within the space.

Mohammad Reza Domiri Ganji’s photos offer unique insight into the spatial structure achieved through light, colour and decorative elements.


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