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February 19, 2020

Early 20th century musicians in Iran


Early 20th century musicians in Iran; retouched and colourised by @arefadib

Posted by mehrdad at 11:14 AM | Photography |

July 04, 2019

Time for a Break


Having a break in the Qajar period in Iran

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Posted by mehrdad at 11:36 AM | Photography |

September 29, 2018

4 seasons of a Rowan


Four seasons view from my window: Rowan (Mountain-ash)

Posted by mehrdad at 12:15 PM | Photography |

September 18, 2017

Sunflowers in West London


Posted by mehrdad at 03:28 PM | Journal 2017 | London | Photography |

May 18, 2017

Chestnut-leaved Oak

(14 May 2017)

This Chestnut-leaved Oak (Bolandmazu in Persian) comes from Iran and was planted in 1846 at Kew Gardens. It stretches 30 metres high and 30 metres wide and is still growing fast.

It is the fastest growing Iranian in London.

Posted by mehrdad at 11:25 AM | Photography |

November 06, 2015

Iran in 1973 and 2015


Iran will keep the same pose.

See Iran Coming Out of the Shadows by Karl Vick and the photographer Newsha Tavakolian.

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Posted by mehrdad at 09:40 AM | Photography | Then & Now |

March 09, 2015

Haraz Road in mid 70s & 2013


My siblings and I on the Haraz Road in the mid 1970s.

Road 77 is an important road from Tehran to northern Iran. The road passes from the valley of Haraz River and is also known as Haraz Road between Amol and Rudehen.

Haraz Road is also the nearest road to Mount Damavand, the highest peak in Iran.

The 2013 photo is by ninara.

Posted by mehrdad at 02:38 PM | Photography | Then & Now |

July 24, 2014



My photo is on the cover of Sissinghurst: Der schönste Garten Englands

Posted by mehrdad at 11:44 AM | Photography |

April 24, 2013

Persian School

Persian School by Antoin Sevruguin (1830–1933) who was a photographer in Iran during the reign of the Qajar dynasty (1785-1925).

Posted by mehrdad at 09:26 AM | Photography |

November 26, 2012

Instagram's Profile Page


My Instagram's profile page >>

Posted by mehrdad at 11:56 AM | Photography |

September 17, 2012



The Iranian wrestler Omid Noroozi, who won the gold medal in the men's 60-kg category in London 2012, in a classical statue pose - the contrapposto - so apt for this style of Greco-Roman wrestling.

Contrapposto is an Italian term that means counterpose. It is used in the visual arts to describe a human figure standing with most of its weight on one foot so that its shoulders and arms twist off-axis from the hips and legs. This gives the figure a more dynamic, or alternatively relaxed appearance.

>> Here are all my photos from London 2012 Games

Posted by mehrdad at 08:54 AM | Photography |

February 07, 2012

Charles Dickens in Colour


My colourised photograph of Charles Dickens.

Today, much of the world is celebrating one of its greatest storytellers ever on the 200th anniversary of his birth. Above is my little tribute to him.

The actual Daguerrotype is by Jeremiah Gurney, circa 1867-1868.

Posted by mehrdad at 08:46 AM | Photography |

February 06, 2012

Snowwoman & Snowkids


Snowwoman with her two snowkids in Golders Hill Park, North London.

>> Click here to view Snow in London set

Posted by mehrdad at 12:15 PM | Photography |

January 19, 2012

X above London


An X above Hampstead Garden Suburb, North London

>> Click here to view slideshow

Posted by mehrdad at 02:54 PM | London | Photography |

January 11, 2012

Today's sunrise

This morning's sunrise over North London

>> View set on Flickr

Posted by mehrdad at 01:16 PM | Photography |

December 26, 2011

Christmas Wreaths

Christmas Wreaths in Hampstead, North London

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Posted by mehrdad at 06:28 PM | Photography |

November 09, 2011



Motivational word of the day: TRY!

>> More photos of road markings

Posted by mehrdad at 09:17 PM | Photography |

October 25, 2011

Silhouette of Eros


Silhouette of Eros Statue, Piccadilly Circus, London

>> View my set of silhouettes on Flickr

Posted by mehrdad at 12:00 PM | London | Photography |

September 01, 2011



Three coniferous trees in Biddulph Grange Garden

Biddulph Grange is a National Trust landscaped gardens, in Biddulph near Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England. Designed in the mid 19th century as a series of connecting compartments, Biddulph Grange Garden is one of Britain's most exciting and unusual gardens. Featuring a Chinese-inspired garden, an Egyptian garden as well as pinetum, rock-gardens and fernery.

>> View the photos on Flickr

Posted by mehrdad at 06:34 PM | Photography |

August 18, 2011

Door in Ghent


Door in Ghent, Belgium

>> Here are a few more doors that I have found interesting

Posted by mehrdad at 09:28 AM | Photography |

July 18, 2011

Turner in Oxford


View of the High Street, Oxford, by Joseph Mallord William Turner, 1810, The Ashmolean Museum of Art & Archaeology, Oxford

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Posted by mehrdad at 09:46 AM | Photography | Then & Now |

May 18, 2011

Isabella Plantation 2011


Isabella Plantation in Richmond Park, London

>> View the set on Flickr

Posted by mehrdad at 08:41 AM | London | Photography |

February 12, 2011

Day and Night


Day & Night in North London - 8 Feb 2011

>> View on Flickr

Posted by mehrdad at 10:19 AM | Photography |

January 23, 2011

Putney Bridge

Putney Bridge is a bridge crossing of the River Thames in west London, linking Putney on the south side with Fulham to the north.

>> View the set on Flickr

Posted by mehrdad at 06:46 PM | London | Photography |

January 10, 2011

Sunrise over North London


>> View set on Flickr

Posted by mehrdad at 11:47 AM | Photography |

December 08, 2010

Baptism of Fire


Baptism of Fire >> This way!
Monmouthshire, Wales

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Posted by mehrdad at 11:56 AM | Photography |

November 22, 2010

Door Handles

Close-up of door handles.

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Posted by mehrdad at 10:51 AM | Photography |

November 21, 2010


Sheep in Herefordshire and Monmouthshire.

>> View the set on Flickr

Posted by mehrdad at 02:12 PM | Photography | Travelogues |

November 10, 2010

South Africa Landscape

The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew and the British Museum brought a small corner of South Africa to the heart of London. (29 April ? 10 Oct. 2010)

South Africa Landscape showed the rich diversity of plant life from Cape region.The plants were chosen to highlight the rich diversity of flora in South Africa. The plants were shipped to Britain in a refrigerated container and it took four weeks to build the landscape outside the Museum.

>> Last year there was an Indian-themed garden

>> View the South Africa Landscape set on Flickr

Posted by mehrdad at 05:25 PM | London | Photography |

November 01, 2010

Autumn 2010

Autumn leaves in North London.

>> View the set on Flickr

Posted by mehrdad at 10:57 AM | Photography |

September 25, 2010

Life is like riding a bicycle


Einstein is keeping his balance in the Strand, London.

"Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving."
Albert Einstein

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Posted by mehrdad at 09:36 AM | Photography |

July 26, 2010

Doogh Universe


Photo taken from inside an empty glass of Doogh. The black bits are dried mint.

Posted by mehrdad at 09:35 AM | Photography |

May 11, 2010

Stamford Bridge

We watched Chelsea recapturing the Premier League title in emphatic fashion as Wigan Athletic were thrashed at Stamford Bridge.

>> View the set on Flickr

Posted by mehrdad at 06:41 PM | Football | Photography |

March 23, 2010

British Museum

One of my Nowruz images was exhibited at British Museum last weekend.

>> You can download it here

>> View the set on Flickr

Posted by mehrdad at 10:35 AM | Photography |

January 14, 2010

Handprints in Snow

Our handprints in fresh snow. My handprint is on the left and Max's is on the right. His hands are nearly the same size as mine.

>> Our hands five years ago!

Posted by mehrdad at 03:54 PM | Photography |

January 10, 2010

Brrritain shivers


Frozen Britain image from NASA's Terra satellite

>> View the larger satellite image

>> View my photos of winter snow in London

Posted by mehrdad at 04:18 PM | Journal 2010 | Photography |

October 20, 2009

Dead Fly Art look-alike


The Dead Fly Art is by Magnus Muhr and the photo on the right is by artist Shirin Neshat.

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Posted by mehrdad at 11:08 AM | Art | Look-alikes | Photography |

August 23, 2009

Contrails over London

Posted by mehrdad at 10:34 PM | Photography |

July 17, 2009

Green Heart Tree


>> Click here to view a larger image

Posted by mehrdad at 10:08 AM | Photography |

May 15, 2009

The Headington Shark

The Headington Shark is a 25ft-long fibreglass sculpture representing the body and tail of a large shark, apparently having dived out of the sky to crash through the roof of a Victorian terrace. It situated at 2 New High Street, Headington, Oxford and first appeared in 1986. Bill Heine, a local radio presenter who commissioned it from the sculptor John Buckley, has said "The shark was to express someone feeling totally impotent and ripping a hole in their roof out of a sense of impotence, anger and desperation."

Posted by mehrdad at 06:30 PM | Photography |

April 26, 2009


Posted by mehrdad at 07:05 PM | Photography |

February 16, 2009

Barking Mad

My collection of tree bark photos is growing.

Posted by mehrdad at 12:03 PM | Photography |

September 01, 2008

Tree barks


I have started taking pictures of tree barks.

>> Click here to view the set

Posted by mehrdad at 04:24 PM | Photography |

July 14, 2008

Wembley Market


Blue plastic bottles - Wembley Sunday Market
Wembley Market is the largest Sunday Market in England and is held in front of the new Wembley Stadium.

>> Click here to see the set

Posted by mehrdad at 05:20 PM | London | Photography |

June 16, 2008

Flower in hand


Over the weekend we went flower hunting.
(N.B. No flowers were harmed during the shooting of the photos!)

>> Click here to see the set

Posted by mehrdad at 04:30 PM | Photography |

June 13, 2008

St Jude-on-the-Hill


I took this photo of the interior of the parish Church of St Jude-on-the-Hill with my mobile phone camera. The interior reminds me a bit of Jan Vermeer's or Pieter de Hooch's paintings. In their works the light often enters from a window.

St Jude-on-the-Hill is in the middle of Hampstead Garden Suburb, a model residential community planned by Henrietta Barnett for housing of all social groups, although the atmosphere there today is definitely middle class.

>> Click here to view more photos

Posted by mehrdad at 12:00 PM | Architecture | London | Photography |

May 28, 2008

Doors N? Roses


We went "Doors and Roses" hunting!

>> Click here to see the set

Posted by mehrdad at 10:40 PM | Photography |

May 19, 2008



Bumblebee on rododendrom flower

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Posted by mehrdad at 04:21 PM | Photography |

May 08, 2008



Some of us are looking at the stars, I am happy taking pictures of the gutter.

>> Click here to see more photos

Posted by mehrdad at 05:20 PM | Photography |

March 31, 2008

Holy Ghosts


A covered Paso in a church in Granada

Semana Santa (Holy Week) is one of the most important traditional events of Andalucia. It is celebrated in the week leading up to Easter. The week features the procession of pasos, floats of lifelike wooden sculptures of different scenes of the events of the Passion or images of the Virgin Mary or other saints.

A Paso (Spanish for Pace or Step) is an elaborate float carried by costaleros and are usually followed by a band. Some have long skirts that cover the bearers entirely, giving the impression that the statue is floating on its own power.

>> Click here to see more photos

Posted by mehrdad at 03:01 PM | Photography | Travelogues |

March 26, 2008

Celestial Patterns


The patterns in Spain stay mainly in the southern plain!

>> I went pattern hunting in southern Spain. Click here to see the results.

Posted by mehrdad at 02:04 PM | Photography | Travelogues |

March 11, 2008



Self portrait as a Cyborg

>> Self portrait as a Pencil
>> All eyes

Posted by mehrdad at 04:40 PM | Photography | Self-portraits |

January 15, 2008

Neon Lights

London's neon lights and signs

>> Click here to see photos

Posted by mehrdad at 01:08 PM | London | Photography |

January 14, 2008

Crack in Modern Art

Views of Shibboleth, a giant crack in the floor of the Turbine Hall in Tate Modern.

>> Click here to see photos

Word of the Day: Shibboleth
1 a : a catchword or slogan used by members of a group but regarded by others as empty of real meaning
b : a commonly held belief
2 : a behavior or use of language that identifies a person as belonging to a group

Posted by mehrdad at 02:31 PM | Art | London | Photography |

January 13, 2008

City of Lights

The City of London by night

>> Click here to see photos

Posted by mehrdad at 09:50 PM | London | Photography |

January 11, 2008

Discarded items


Painting of a cigarette butt and a discarded blue Wellington boot!

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Posted by mehrdad at 04:28 PM | Photography |

December 18, 2007

Weathered Box

>> Click here to see photos

Posted by mehrdad at 11:13 AM | Photography |

October 10, 2007

September 25, 2007

Top Teen City


Photo of Jafar Aref-Adib Street in Tehran taken by H. Sharififar

My cousin Jafar fought in the Iran-Iraq War and was subsequently killed in action.

Posted by mehrdad at 01:00 PM | Photography |

September 24, 2007

Life Goes On in Tehran

>> Here is a photoblog by a former Los Angeles resident who recently moved to Tehran.

Posted by mehrdad at 06:57 PM | Photography |

September 19, 2007

City Hall

Last Sunday we went to visit London City Hall, as part of the London Open House event. City Hall is home to the Mayor of London, the London Assembly and the GLA, who in July 2002 became tenants of this rounded glass building on the south bank of the Thames near Tower Bridge.

>> View the photos here

We also visited an architect's office and an old post office. Anyone interested in architecture should definitely look out for the Open House London event next year.

Posted by mehrdad at 10:16 AM | Architecture | Photography |

March 20, 2007

November 27, 2006

Leaf on windscreen


An autumn leaf on my windscreen.

>> view the original photos here

Posted by mehrdad at 04:48 PM | Photography |

November 20, 2006

Autumn 2006

It's been a long time coming, but autumn is finally in North London.


I have never seen a willow,
selling its shade to a meadow;
Elm happily gives its branch to the crow.
Wherever there is a leaf,
passion blossoms in me.

Sohrab Sepehri

Posted by mehrdad at 05:47 PM | Photography |

October 13, 2006



Max doing a Godzilla impression at Trafalgar Square!

Posted by mehrdad at 10:56 AM | Photography |

September 29, 2006



Here is my sister: Queen Nadia I.

Posted by mehrdad at 12:09 PM | Photography |

September 19, 2006

Man at work


Man at work - Highgate, North London.

Posted by mehrdad at 02:03 PM | Photography |

August 08, 2006

Stop the War


The Stop the War demonstration on Saturday 5 August brought tens of thousands of people onto London's streets. This is unprecedented for a protest called with only one week's notice. The march started at noon at the Speaker's Corner, in Hyde Park, passed by the United States Embassy and Downing Street, and ended in Parliament Square.

The protestors placed children's shoes outside Downing Street and at the Cenotaph.

>> Click here to see photos

Posted by mehrdad at 01:47 PM | Photography |

August 07, 2006

The New Gallery

A three-year-long renovation and re-design of the new V&A's Islamic Gallery has created a new home for the collection. The Jameel Gallery houses over 400 objects, including ceramics, textiles, carpets, metalwork, glass and woodwork, which date from the days of the Islamic caliphate of the 8th and 9th centuries to the years preceding the First World War. The area covered stretches from Spain in the west to Uzbekistan and Afghanistan in the east, taking in important centres of artistic production in the Arab lands, Turkey and Iran.

The highlight of the Jameel Gallery is the Ardabil Carpet, the world's oldest dated carpet and one of the largest, most beautiful and historically important in the world. Made in Iran in 1539 the carpet is the centre-piece of the new Gallery, which has been redesigned so that it can be displayed horizontally at floor level, as it would originally have been. Measuring an impressive 10.5m x 5m and described by William Morris as a design of ?singular perfection?, it is a masterpiece of Islamic art.

>> See the photos here

Posted by mehrdad at 03:26 PM | Art | Photography |

July 31, 2006

Cooling down

This water sculpture by Danish artist Jeppe Hein is making a splash on the South Bank this summer, inviting visitors to join in and become part of it. Walls of water rise and fall randomly to divide the 10m? space into a series of smaller 'rooms': changing every ten seconds, they define all possible right-angled configurations of the space. As viewers walk through the 'rooms' they must interact with the patterns of rising and falling water if they are to leave the space without getting wet. Max got really wet!

>> See the larger photos here

Posted by mehrdad at 12:07 PM | Photography |

July 10, 2006

The Monument


The 311 spiral steps of The Monument.

We went up to the top of The Monument. An observation deck at the top has a great view over London. Designed by Sir Christopher Wren to mark the Great Fire of London in 1666. It is the tallest freestanding stone column in the world.

>> View the photos here

Posted by mehrdad at 04:23 PM | London | Photography |

June 30, 2006

St George?s Flags


World Cup Fever in London!

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Posted by mehrdad at 12:37 PM | Football | Photography |

Highgate Dead Centre

Here are some photos I took last February at Highgate Cemetery - or Highgate Dead Centre as Max calls it!

Posted by mehrdad at 11:32 AM | Photography |

June 16, 2006


Azaleas and Rhododendrons: Kenwood Park, North London
>> View the photos here

Posted by mehrdad at 02:06 PM | Journal 2006 | Photography |

May 14, 2006

Jazz Cafe


Jazz Cafe - inside and outside - on Saturday 13 May 2006.

>> View more photos here

Posted by mehrdad at 10:58 PM | Look-alikes | Music | Photography |

May 12, 2006

London Web Designers

>> View photos here

Posted by mehrdad at 01:49 PM | Photography | Work |

Art Gallery with Max

>> View photos here

Posted by mehrdad at 12:01 PM | Photography |

May 10, 2006

Nature's Confetti

Nature's Confetti: Spring in North London
>> View the photos here

Posted by mehrdad at 11:10 AM | Photography |

May 04, 2006

London Aquarium


Today I spent an afternoon with Max watching sharks & tropical fish at the London Aquarium.

>> See the photos here

>> Live webcam of sharks at the London Aquarium

Posted by mehrdad at 10:28 PM | Journal 2006 | Photography |

May 02, 2006


This morning Martin a mechanic from Krak?w, fixed the exhaust.
>> See the photos here

Posted by mehrdad at 05:00 PM | Journal 2006 | Photography |

May 01, 2006

Magnolia hunting

This weekend we went Magnolia hunting in North London.
>> Here are the results!

Posted by mehrdad at 06:05 PM | Journal 2006 | Photography |

April 25, 2006

North Circular Road

A typical journey to work on North Circular Road (A406).
>> View the photos here

Posted by mehrdad at 10:25 AM | Photography | Work |

April 24, 2006


Yesterday we spent few hours in Hamleys.
>> View the photos here

Posted by mehrdad at 11:32 AM | Photography |

April 21, 2006

Kebab, Doogh, and Mobile Camera

Kebab, Doogh, and Mobile Camera
>> View the photos here

Posted by mehrdad at 06:47 PM | Koobism | Photography |

April 19, 2006

Tourist for a day

I was a tourist for a day on Monday and soaked up London a little bit!
>> View the photos here

Posted by mehrdad at 05:02 PM | Photography | Travelogues |


>> The human cost of nuclear catastrophe

April 26 2006 marks the 20th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Dutch photographer Robert Knoth has visited the area worst hit by radioactive fallout to document the toxic legacy of Chernobyl and other nuclear accident sites of the former Soviet Union. The Fallout exhibition runs from April 18 to May 14 at the Oxo Tower in London.

Posted by mehrdad at 10:00 AM | Photography |

April 11, 2006

Waterloo Bridge


This is another picture I took on the London's South Bank with my mobile phone.

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And here is the same bridge by Claude Monet:


Posted by mehrdad at 04:01 PM | Art | Photography |

April 05, 2006

Sizdah Bedar

>> 12+1 photos of Sizdah Bedar 2006 in Trent Park, North London

The thirteenth day of the Iranian New Year festival is Sizdah Bedar (meaning "thirteen outdoors"), is a day of festivity in the open, often accompanied by music and dancing. The day is usually spent at family picnics.

The thirteenth day celebrations stem from the belief of the ancient Persians that the twelve constellations in the Zodiac controlled the months of the year, and each ruled the earth for a thousand years. At the end of which, the sky and the earth collapsed in chaos. Hence, Norooz lasts twelve days and the thirteenth day represents the time of chaos when families put order aside and avoid the bad luck associated with the number thirteen by going outdoors and having picnics and parties.

At the end of the celebrations on this day, the sabzeh grown for the Haft Sin (which has symbolically collected all the sickness and bad luck) is thrown into running water to exorcise the demons (divs) from the household. It is also customary for young single women to tie the leaves of the sabzeh before discarding it, so expressing a wish to be married before the next year's Sizdah Bedar.

Posted by mehrdad at 09:45 AM | Photography |

March 24, 2006

South Bank


This is a picture I took on the London's South Bank. Inside Out, a weekend of free music, theatre and performance of every variety, takes over the South Bank on 24 - 26 March.

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Posted by mehrdad at 11:27 AM | Photography |

February 26, 2006

The Bam Project


A year after the earthquake in Bam, the non-profit organistaion Picture People equipped selected people with Kodak one-time-use cameras to document everyday life as the city tried to rebuild. At the end of 2005, Picture People went back to Bam to follow up the project. Cameras were handed out to some of the original participants while new people were invited to join in.
>> See the project on the Picture People website

Posted by mehrdad at 08:29 PM | Photography |

January 07, 2006

City of light by night


Paris, the city of light, by night.
I took these pictures few days ago with my new mobile phone.

Posted by mehrdad at 06:37 PM | Photography | Travelogues |

December 09, 2005

Time's Arrow Passing By

Every year an Argentinean family goes through a private ritual and photograph themselves.
The result is moving.

Link via the eyeranian.

Posted by mehrdad at 03:15 PM | Photography |

September 21, 2005

Strongmen look-alikes


Art imitates Life, Life imitates Art:
The top picture is of Anthony Quinn in the Federico Fellini's film La Strada.
The bottom picture is taken by a Hungarian photojournalist this year and shows an Iranian strongman in Tajrish Square, Tehran.

Posted by mehrdad at 07:57 PM | Look-alikes | Photography |

January 26, 2004


I love the snapshots by Medi, a 26-year-old Iranian living in Oslo, Norway.
His snapshots are glimpses of his life, with immediacy and honestly that transports us instantly into his world. His pictures remind me a bit of Wolfgang Tillmans' work.

Posted by mehrdad at 05:48 PM | Photography |

January 23, 2004

Daily dose of imagery

Sam Javanrou is an Iranian designer who lives in Toronto, Canada. In his excellent photoblog - Daily dose of imagery - he posts photos daily. Definitely worth a visit!

Posted by mehrdad at 06:07 PM | Photography |

December 09, 2003

Photographs of London

Matt Stuart's photographs of London are great. Check them out.

Posted by mehrdad at 11:28 PM | Photography |

December 05, 2003

A thousand words

Here are some shocking photographs that provides the human context to some recent crisises.

Posted by mehrdad at 12:54 PM | Photography |