Beautiful market roof in Iran

by Dave from The Longest Way Home ~ December 22nd, 2014. Filed under: Iran, Photography.
Market Dome Roof in Iran

Sun shining through a market dome roof in Iran

Interior of an elaborate domed market roof in Iran

Iran has some of the most stunning architecture I’ve come across in my travels. From ancient historic buildings to historic buildings still in use today.

Facts about architecture in Iran:

  • Iranian / Persian architecture dates back to 5000 BC
  • Instances of Iranian architecture can be found from Turkey to China and all the way to Zanzibar
  • Iranian architectural is famous for its symbolic geometry and using pure forms such as circles
  • The Sassanid Empire is first noted for creating large scale domes within the Persian empire in 224 AD to 651 AD
  • Today many architects base their designs on Iranian architecture from the past. Examples include modern day environmentally friendly cooling systems built on the design of Windcatchers

The story behind this photograph

I took this photograph in Yazd, Eastern Iran. It was one of the places I really enjoyed visiting in Iran. An ancient city built beside a desert.

Much of Yazd is made up of ancient buildings that are still in full use today. Including this market I visited. It was early morning on a Saturday and very quiet. I was trying to find something interesting to photograph when I noticed the lovely light coming in. It was only when I reached a junction that I saw this magnificent dome.

Holding my camera up to take the photograph wasn’t going to work. The interior of the dome was too big to fit in the frame of my lens. Down on my knee and still too big. Then I lay flat down on my back in the middle of this junction to take the photo. The result was of course lots of stares from locals.

But, as I’ve mentioned before, Iranians are very passionate about art, including photography. So instead of “mad man” looks, I got nods of approval. With my lens still incapable of getting all of the dome in I was left with only two choices. Return to the hotel or …

The last resort of getting far away to take the photograph

My only solution was to place the camera flat down on the ground with the view finder protected from the concrete by my lens strap.

Positioning the camera without knowing where it was pointing exactly was insanely difficult. I counted over 50 shots. Never mind the damage to my neck and knees.

I then of course began looking at other angles and started shooting until the light moved on.

It took me a long time to process these photographs. There are many slight versions. I’ll publish another later on of just a single beam of light shining in. In my opinion it’s even better than this photograph.

For now this is a image that I think really highlights the dome to maximum effect.

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A Market Dome Roof in Iran

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