Lost Like Sheep.

Lost Like Sheep.

It would be nice to travel if you knew where you were going and where you would live at the end or do we ever know, do we ever live where we live, we’re always in other places, lost, like sheep.

Janet Frame

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We All Breathe The Same Air.

We All Breathe The Same Air.

Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.

John F. Kennedy

Iran. 1997. Afghan Children at the Refugee camp for new immigrants.

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Charlie Chaplin in Iran

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Bushehr is a city beside the Persian Gulf.  In 1996 I had been teaching a class in photography for the Youth Association for Cinema.  One of my students invited me and another photographer to visit the city Bushehr where he lived.  He gave us a tour of the city.  One of the interesting areas of Buschehr was its port area and the fish market.  When I was walking along a tiny street in the fish market I saw this picture that I found interesting.  I noticed the writing on the door both in English and Persian saying welcome and small store.  When I saw the man with a moustache riding his bicycle down the street I took this photograph, a perfect complement to the message on the door and the Charlie Chaplin picture.

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Lifestyle of Qashqaei

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One of the most interesting subjects for visiting Iran is the lifestyle of nomadic peoples. They are always very kind and hospitable to visitors. They have an interesting lifestyle and a close connection with nature, which is quite similar to the lifestyle of the Aboriginal peoples in Canada. There are currently 1.2 million nomads in Iran who are organized in over 500 Tribes and independent clans. They share with each other three essential Characteristics. Their tribe structures are often based on kinship clan and other types of communal organization. They migrate regularly between Summer and winter quarters (usually from cooler mountain pastures to warmer plains) in order to take advantage of seasonal grazing resources. They are traditional herders of sheep, goats, camels and occasionally have some other livelihood. One of the most interesting of the nomadic tribes is the Qashqaei of Fars province who live in Zagrous Mountain. They have special music, clothes and traditional dances for wedding ceremonies. They love the nature and animals and use them for designing and weaving rugs, Gilim, Jajim and Gabbeh. They earn their living from animal husbandry, farming, weaving and sale of the best kinds of rugs, Gilim, Jajim and Gabbeh. Unfortunately we don’t have sufficient information regarding the nomadic tribes in Iran before Islam. In the Islamic era, Iranian tribes consisted of Kurds, Lurs, Baluchis, Arabs, Turks & the Barahuis. This style of living gained importance in Seljuk period (11th- 14th century).

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Persepolis – The Beginning of History.

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Persepolis – The Beginning of History.

We present photographs from Persepolis, Iran.  The ancient ruins were made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979.  Persepolis was founded in 518 B.C. by Darius I.  French archeologist, Andre Goddard., believes that it was Cyrus the Great who chose the location but that it was Darius I who built the terraces and great palaces.  The ruins lie at the foot of Kuh-i-Rahmat (Mountain of Mercy) in the plain of Marv Dasat about 70 km from the modern city of Shiraz and approximately 650 km south of Tehran.

Persepolis has been called  ¨ the emblem of the mightly power of the Persian Empire.¨ German philosopher, Friedrich Hegel, (1770-1831) said  ¨ The principle of development begins with the history of Persia; this constitutes therefore the beginning of history.¨

Hegel´s philosophy reflected his understanding of the culture, spiritual beliefs and rights of the people of Persepolis, the capital of the Achaemenid Empire. Hegel provided the following interpretation of the Persian empire:

From a political point of view Persia is the birth-place of the first true empire and perfect government made up of incongruous elements.

Recent events in the Middle East cause us to reflect on questions of governance and the rights of citizens.  As countries in the Middle East are being reshaped, Persepolis and Hegel´s work again become relevant.

http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/114

http://www.irpedia.com/iran/best/1931/

http://www.suite101.com/content/hegels-world-spirit-and-individual-freedom-a102924

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persepolis

G. W. F. Hegel. Agl dar Tarix (Reason in History), translated by H. Enayat, Entresharat-e. Hlmie-e Daneshgah-e Sanati, 1356, p.304 and 315.

Text © 2011 Charalee Graydon / www.photofade.com