Everything started by childish fantasies .l would day dream about everything I saw in the world around me. When I was a youth I got acquainted with a God’s gift .Although the affluence only filled a part of my life but it was constant with my imagination and dream world. I loved dreaming even loved my night mare. I thought of them deeply so I could dominate over them. Nearly twenty years old, I was writing my dream I watch my dream which was the strange world of color and space far from reality .I had a great treasure myself which made me surprised every time. I was interested in cinema as a part of context for my fantasized imagination .Then I made short films entered university and began photography. My dream world was always with me in my movies, my photos and my stories.
My dream was influenced by two world cinema and photography and it changed gradually when I learned more than before .After I had two exhibitions of my photos in Aban Gallery and Artists’ house by group ‘EMA’ (a group with three friendly members). I began to make a historical documentary movie on the events of World War I in Iran .Mehdi Farsi my permanent friend was the director of movie and I started working with him to research as a consultant nearly seven months .History made my imagination stronger than before. We are looking up books to find reality in Iran during the Qajar period but what I felt was mystical events.
I couldn’t record the events only with a camera so I had to make them with photomontage and photo collage.
The following collection is a part of my fantasy and ahistorical events which I made it by the combination of photography archives,3D computer.
نمایشگاه آثار " معین شافعی " با عنوان " استراق بصر و سمع " تیر 1395 گالری شیرین
Overview and HistoryTehran is the capital of Iran and the largest city in the Middle East, with a population of fifteen million people living under the peaks of the Alborz mountain range.Although archaeological evidence places human activity around Tehran back into the years 6000BC, the city was not mentioned in any writings until much later, in the thirteenth century. It's a relatively new city by Iranian standards.But Tehran was a well-known village in the ninth century. It grew rapidly when its neighboring city, Rhages, was destroyed by Mongolian raiders. Many people fled to Tehran.In the seventeenth century Tehran became home to the rulers of the Safavid Dynasty. This is the period when the wall around the city was first constructed. Tehran became the capital of Iran in 1795 and amazingly fast growth followed over the next two hundred years.The recent history of Tehran saw construction of apartment complexes and wide avenues in place of the old Persian gardens, to the detriment of the city's cultural history.The city at present is laid out in two general parts. Northern Tehran is more cosmopolitan and expensive, southern Tehran is cheaper and gets the name "downtown."Getting ThereMehrabad airport is the original one which is currently in the process of being replaced by Imam Khomeini International Airport. The new one is farther away from the city but it now receives all the international traffic, so allow an extra hour to get there or back.TransportationTehran driving can be a wild free-for-all like some South American cities, so get ready for shared taxis, confusing bus routes and a brand new shiny metro system to make it all better. To be fair, there is a great highway system here.The metro has four lines, tickets cost 2000IR, and they have segregated cars. The women-only carriages are the last two at the end, FYI.Taxis come in two flavors, shared and private. Private taxis are more expensive but easier to manage for the visiting traveler. Tehran has a mean rush hour starting at seven AM and lasting until 8PM in its evening version. Solution? Motorcycle taxis! They cut through the traffic and any spare nerves you might have left.People and CultureMore than sixty percent of Tehranis were born outside of the city, making it as ethnically and linguistically diverse as the country itself. Tehran is the most secular and liberal city in Iran and as such it attracts students from all over the country.Things to do, RecommendationsTake the metro to the Tehran Bazaar at the stop "Panzda Gordad". There you can find anything and everything -- shoes, clothes, food, gold, machines and more. Just for the sight of it alone you should take a trip there.If you like being outside, go to Darband and drink tea in a traditional setting. Tehranis love a good picnic and there are plenty of parks to enjoy. Try Mellat park on a friday (fridays are public holidays), or maybe Park Daneshjou, Saaii or Jamshidieh.Remember to go upstairs and have a look around, always always always! The Azadi Tower should fit the bill; it was constructed to commemorate the 2500th anniversary of the Persian Empire.Tehran is also full of museums such as:the Contemporary Art Museumthe Abghine Musuem (glass works)the 19th century Golestan Royal Palace museumthe museum of carpets (!!!)Reza Abbasi Museum of extraordinary miniaturesand most stunning of all,the Crown Jewels Museum which holds the largest pink diamond in the world and many other jaw-dropping jewels.Text by Steve Smith.