Mohammad Domiri is a young self-taught but nonetheless talented photographer from northern Iran. He recently shot some lovely images of classic architectural monuments all over the Middle East. The majority of his subjects are impressive traditional mosques, ornately decorated with impressive geometric patterns and mosaics, gleaming and swirling with hues that bring to mind colorful kaleidoscopes.
Middle Eastern architecture is typically characterized by its exquisitely curved arches in addition to swirling columns, features that can be seen prominently in Domiri’s photographs. The historic monuments found in Domiri’s work are replete with colorful stained-glass windows, geometric and ornate decorations as well as astonishingly detailed mosaics.
To highlight these majestic structures and designs he used special wide-angle lenses to ensure all the intricate details did not escape his camera. The results are just absolutely stupendous with detail. It is also worth noting that just like most historic edifices and artifacts, heavy restrictions on photography are enforced, all the more making images like Domiri’s very hard to come by. Among the mosques photographed are the, Chehel Sotoun, Vakil Mosque, Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque, Seyyed Mosque, and Aliqapu Palace.
‘In Iran, we have many historical sites – but some of the greatest are places of worship like mosques,” said Domiri. “As we have a grand mosque in every big city there are many historical buildings with lots of beautiful mosaics to capture. I like looking for the symmetry, mosaics and artworks in these temples. I like how they let the light come inside and columns are special too as they divide interior space and give some depth.”
Domiri also contemplates the possibility that no too far in the future, these monuments may either get vandalized or may even no longer exist. “Maybe some of these historical sites will not exist in 20 years or change a lot during that time. When I am capturing these pictures, I think about how they will be recorded and in future I hope people will be able to see their beauty.”
Marvel at the astonishing interiors of these mosques, as well as the elegant photography of Domiri here.