Gohar Dashti

Iran

Iran, Untitled

I live in Tehran. It is about 1000 kilometres away from Mashhad, the city in which my family live, and it is more than 10 years that I been travelling between these two cities on roads across the desert.

When crossing these deserts, I was always thinking about Iran, which is very large and vast. So wouldn’t there be enough room for all of us? In this respect, the geography of Iran is very similar to the political and social structure of the country, and it was because of this similarity that I wanted to use the desert in all my pictures.

In this series I tried to show a harmonic balance with nature, instead of stage objects. What is important is the formal form of the works. These photos are like haikus, which explore the relationship between form and content.

Haiku — Japanese verse of 17 syllables — is something in which meaning should not necessarily be understood, but could be absorbed aesthetically. It is like objectifying a feeling.

That is how an image reveals itself — the image explains itself.