Through the eye of a camera
“For a long time photography was nothing more than a hobby for me,” said Pannahpour. “However, any time I showed somebody my pictures, I would get an encouraging feedback. My friends kept telling me I had a good eye so two years ago I decided to take it all more seriously.”
“Taking it more seriously” meant spending more time shooting pictures as well as reading books and watching videos about photography.
“I think anybody can improve technically – that’s what classroom environment is for,” he said. “But I also believe you are born with the ability to see things in a certain way.”
Thus he prefers workshops and lonely trips in the wilderness to regular photography classes.
Many of Pannahpour’s days start at 3 a.m. since, according to him, early mornings and late afternoons are the best times to shoot pictures.
“Waking up almost in the middle of the night can’t be nice,” he said. “But once I get involved in the whole process of photographing, time passes quickly. Besides, the gratification I get afterwards makes me forget about the long mornings I have to spend out there.”
To take pictures, he uses a traditional camera. He also tries to present things as he sees them.
“I don’t believe in cropping images so that they look better,” he said. “Additionally, being a religious person, I treat photography as an active worship. My pictures are my way of communicating the beauty of God’s creation and bringing it for others to appreciate.”
His camera is like his best friend, and accompanies him wherever he goes.
“A good picture should be correctly exposed and focused, but at the same time it has to capture your interest and emotions,” he said. “I believe that images which make you stop and think for a moment are the matter of luck. That’s why I carry my camera with me all the time.”
Pannahpour’s future goal is to have his photos published some day. He’s been lately asked to exhibit his images at Plaza Gallery in Vail. His works also decorate the hallways of the place he works at.
To see Pannaphour’s landscapes and meet the author himself, visit Plaza Gallery in Vail today between 11 a.m and 6 p.m.
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