January 21, 2014

A Visit to Zavareh

Photograph by Bahareh Mohamadian, National Geographic Your Shot

An ancient castle in the old town of Zavareh, Iran

There is a cinematic quality to this photograph—and to others in Bahareh’s gallery—which lends a sense of drama and timelessness that I find very appealing. —Alexa Keefe, Photo of the Day editor

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54 comments
Prashant Singh
Prashant Singh

nice shot.the darkness is beautiful as well as haunting.

Meesam Ali
Meesam Ali

Very beautiful and magnanimous picture of great IRI. Just wonderful and so classic, serene and peaceful. 

Sandra Hickman
Sandra Hickman

I don't profess to know much if anything about the culture of Iran or its people, but just looking at the photo from a photographers point of view, I think that it is an excellent photo and especially in B&W ...  has just emphasized the starkness of the land in this particular photo. The cloud formation and the ruins including the figure who ever it might be makes for a good composition. But thats just my 2 cents worth of info. 

Sassan G.
Sassan G.

IRAN, the Land of Wonders

Viva Iran

Viva Bahareh

Aboozar Zarini
Aboozar Zarini

Well done Bahare, thanks to publishing photo from Iran.

stefan molnar
stefan molnar

good shot,but the power lines do not fit in this kind of picture!

Shadan Equbal
Shadan Equbal

Amazing! Everything so good... composition.. light management...subject!

Dianne Ploetz
Dianne Ploetz

This photo is breathtaking.  I feel like I am "seeing" this scene with my own eyes.

Ali Baba
Ali Baba

Great work Bahareh.Thank you.

Sassan Darian
Sassan Darian

Why did you have to show the Hizbolli veiled woman who represents a small fraction of Iranian women? Nice picture except the witch in black ruined the picture.

Lola Rosique
Lola Rosique

Cielo y tierra, con la mano del hombre, se juntan para ofrecernos una imagen llena de misterio. Felicidades al fotógrafo por esta maravillosa foto y enseñarnos un poco de este bello país. 

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

An outstanding black/and white photograph. The caped figure seems almost  3D in its effect. The old ruined castle just stands out clearly against the beautiful sky. The top story, In the middle of the frame, shows a spot of light through a hole or a small window. Altogether an eye catching picture.   j.e.s.  

Janice H.
Janice H.

Mysterious and rather eerie, but at the same time, beautiful and awesome in it's starkness!

pamela letstalkaboutcorsica
pamela letstalkaboutcorsica

certainly a sensation of timelessness, and desolation - strong shot captured there, where b+w emphasises once again

Yoysy Olivero
Yoysy Olivero

La Convicción Es La Verdad Del Sueño. Hace Suya La Realidad Del Soñador. Bajo La Firmeza En La Espera. Por Historia De Verdades Ocultas.  Qué Abundancia De Belleza... Exitos!

Arash Ebrahimpoor
Arash Ebrahimpoor

تبریک میگم . به امید موفقیت روزافزون

Garrick Meyers
Garrick Meyers

Beautiful image! Did you use HDR to capture this contrast range? Nice composition!

andreea ps
andreea ps

This pic is amazing. It's so peaceful and powerful at the same time.. 

Isabel Correia
Isabel Correia

Magnificent photography. Superb performance picture. Black and white, on photography tell the story of the same. Not even need to add anything more. Only even magnificent.

Victor Vasiliu
Victor Vasiliu

It would be unusual for these ruins to be not haunted by antique fantoms._ Silence is a gateway into the thoughts of anonymous._ The sleep and the dream is absolutely necesary , so is the human brain - need comtinuity..

Armin Nasirian
Armin Nasirian

Because it is part of the culture nevertheless and calling her a witch shows your hatred towards something that's part of the culture. Nothing wrong with this picture.

Sassan Darian
Sassan Darian

@Armin NasirianIt is NOT A part of our culture. It is a part of a small minority of Hizbollis that have hijacked Iran. This is an ancient ruin - a PRE-ISLAMIC site. This is part of our culture. Our New Years (Nowruz) is part of our culture. These Hizbolli witches are NOT a part of Iranian culture. They are a part of the small minority of terrorists that have ruined and destroyed Iran.

Cindy Minarova-Banjac
Cindy Minarova-Banjac

@Sassan Darian @Armin Nasirian Wow...I'm not saying I disagree with you in the sense that there is a foundational culture that existed pre-Islamic times that constituted what many would describe as Iran's riches, but calling a woman who you don't know a witch (regardless if she is Islamic or not) is just disrespectful. 

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