Malaysia and Singapore

Both gorgeous countries! Similar in some ways and yet so different in many ways such as landscape, culture and etc..

Patronas Towers- Kuala Lumpur 2010
Patronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia 2010
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2010
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2010
Singapore 2010
Singapore 2010
Singapore 2010
Singapore 2010
Sultan Mosque- Singapore 2010
Sultan Mosque- Singapore 2010
Marina Bay Sands- Singapore 2010
Marina Bay Sands- Singapore 2010

South Thailand

From Phuket to Koh Sok, to Phi Phi Islands, to Krabi and AoNang, to Koh Phangan and lastly to Satun… A gorgeous country with the kindest people.
These images weren’t meant to be commercial… just showing another side of paradise. I wish I had captured more of its people. Missing it already!

Koh Sok bungalows; best sleep ever - Thailand 2010
Koh Sok bungalows; best sleep ever - Thailand 2010
Koh Sok - Thailand 2010
Koh Sok - Thailand 2010
Night Ferry to Satun - Thailand 2010
Night Ferry to Satun - Thailand 2010
Krabi - Thailand 2010
Krabi - Thailand 2010
Krabi - Thailand 2010
Krabi - Thailand 2010
Thailand 2010
Thailand 2010
Leaving Phuket - Thailand 2010
Leaving Phuket - Thailand 2010
Sunset in Phi Phi Islands - Thailand 2010
Sunset in Phi Phi Island - Thailand 2010
Phi Phi Island - Thailand 2010
Phi Phi Island - Thailand 2010
Koh Phangan - Thailand 2010
Koh Phangan - Thailand 2010
Koh Phangan - Thailand 2010
Koh Phangan - Thailand 2010

Bangkok

While I was there I didn’t come across any Red Shirt protesters nor any sort of democratic movements on the streets. The city and its people seemed as if nothing had happened 2months earlier. Is that how the government dictates its people?!
Homeless people were seen almost in every corner… and of course the sex industry. The Red Light District (Patpong) is designed for mostly foreign customers. To me somehow, it seemed as if prostitution had become something common along the Thai women…

 

BKK 2010
BKK 2010
BKK 2010
BKK 2010
BKK 2010
BKK 2010
BKK 2010
BKK 2010
Nana Adult Entertainment - BKK 2010
Nana Adult Entertainment - BKK 2010
Red Light District - BKK 2010
Red Light District - BKK 2010
BKK 2010
BKK 2010

and the East Coast – Australia

An amazing XF Ford panel van made this trip possible. We drove her 5200Km in down under and she showed us the beauty of the ocean :-)

Best car in the world!
The best car in the world!

Byron Bay Oz 2010
Byron Bay Oz 2010
Tin Can Bay, Oz 2010
Tin Can Bay, Oz 2010

TweedHeads; view of Surfers Paradise, Oz '10
Tweed Heads; view of Surfers Paradise, Oz '10
Sydney, Oz 2010
Sydney, Oz 2010

Coffs Harbour, Oz 2010
Coffs Harbour, Oz 2010

Whitsundays Island, Oz 2010
Whitsundays Island, Oz 2010
Sydney, Oz 2010
Sydney, Oz 2010
Sydney Harbour Bridge, Oz 2010
Sydney Harbour Bridge, Oz 2010

Kangaroos… dead! :(

As I was driving in the outbacks of Australia I came across many many dead kangaroos on the road. Kangaroos have good vision and hearing but this doesn’t help them escape the traffic. Unfortunately, especially in the outbacks the traffic is a major danger to kangaroos.

This image was taken of one of the kangaroos that was hit by a car on the road.

East coast Australia 2010
East coast Australia 2010

only a backpacker.

Backpacking is more than a vacation; it’s an education; it’s a lifestyle.

“Backpacking is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.” –anonymous

Pictures from Feb-March 2010.

A place just to sleep -Aus10
A place to sleep -Aus10

Jay in a good mood -Aus10
Jay in a good mood -Aus10
Sleeping in middle of no where -Aus10
Sleeping in middle of nowhere -Aus10
A simple connection can make you feel at home again -Aus10
A simple connection can make you feel at home again -Aus10
Experiencing a culture within a culture- Persian event in Aus10
Experiencing a culture within a culture- Persian event in Aus10
On the road- Aus10
On the road- Aus10
When space is limited- Aus10
When space is limited- Aus10

New Zealand in its pure Beauty

Backpacking the South Island of New Zealand was one of the most amazing experiences I’ve had in the 7 months of my traveling/studying…  SO gorgeous!  No matter how much I describe it to you, you must experience it with your own eyes.  And these photos are only a representation of what was in front of me….

NZ 2010
NZ 2010
NZ 2010
NZ 2010
Self portrait- NZ 2010
Self portrait- NZ 2010
NZ 2010
NZ 2010
NZ 2010
NZ 2010
Self portrait- NZ 2010
Self portrait- NZ 2010
NZ 2010
NZ 2010
NZ 2010
NZ 2010
NZ 2010
NZ 2010
NZ 2010
NZ 2010

peace in mind.

It’s been so long since I’ve done a triptych! It feels good to start putting images together again… this triptych was taken without me moving around much..as you can see.  i love how the triptych shows 3 different angles from one perspective and yet they’re all different but similar in some ways… sorry about the size, just click on it for a larger version.

March 2010
March 2010

Australia….. Finally!

Wow. I can’t believe I’ve been away from my blog for this long. I’m really sorry about that. Promise I will keep it up!!
So I’m finally in Australia. I never thought I would enjoy myself to this level. Doing this exchange program alone has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Studying and living in a different part of the globe allows me to nurture my passion for photography and Arts in general and provides potential opportunities to create new and fresh series of work. I think every student should grasp the opportunity to study abroad, especially if they’re studying in arts; it expands your perspective and connects you to a broader audience as long as you’re progressing in your field.
I’m working on an exciting project right now, here in Adelaide! It’s still under early stages; if everything goes well, I will show works in progress in the next few weeks  :)

These are just few random pictures from Adelaide.

...where I spend most of my spare time :)
...where I spend most of my spare time : - )

An exchange student's meal- Hungary Jack's, not Burger Kings :D
An exchange student's meal- Hungary Jack's, not Burger Kings haha

-February 2010
-February 2010

happy birthday burn.

Today is burn magazine’s first birthday!    http://www.burnmagazine.org
Thanks to all the burnians all around the world working so hard to surprise David Alan Harvey and burn fans on burn’s birthday with this special gift:  BURNIANS.COM

Thank you DAH, Anton and everyone else for making burn a reality!
Wish burn all the best in future!

happy 1st bday burn.   © YaldaPashai

‘my never ending story…’- work in progress

The series I’m working on at the moment is about mapping the journey of this particular person.  The sequenced images are a constructive narrative based on Baktash’s life story.  He left his homeland Afghanistan to seek civil peace, a concept almost foreign to him.  He tells his story to the audience as he attempts to live and prosper as a Torontonian.

Inspired by Jim Goldberg, I will be using Baktash’s hand writing in Perso-Arabic text  where he will be writing a brief recollection from his own memory on the images.

The intention of this mapping series is to put forth an in-depth view of new immigrants in Toronto.
However, the text and the rest of the images are still in progress :)

From the series 'my never ending story...'
From the series 'my never ending story...'

‘Women Without Men’

Yesterday 09/11/09, I went to my first TIFF movie by Shirin Neshat, ‘Women Without Men’… I am very pleased with the movie especially the political and visual aspects of it. It is one of those movies that must be seen by groups of people in order to have discussions afterwards. I can not think of the best word to describe how breathtaking each scene was directed in this movie; the visuall aspects were extremly appealing and well done!

The movie is a metaphor of all the Iranians’ struggle for freedom and a democratic government. It is especially dedicated to those who have fought for democracy since the Constitution of 1903 to the Green Movement of 2009. I love how the movie takes place in summer of 1953 during coop of Mossadegh by the British and U.S and showed the secular and conservative religious culture of the Iranians which up to even today this culture still takes place.

Yesterday, Shirin Neshat told The Daily Star that “this film speaks to the Iranian people and to the world: for over 100 years we have been constantly fighting for democracy and we will not give up…”  :)

I was very excited when she came on the stage after the movie and gave few comments about her movie! She’s an amazing artist and I hope her movie influences Iranians in/outside of Iran!

Shoja Azary (writer of the movie), Shahrnush Parsipur (write of the novel Women Without Men), Shirin Neshat (write and director of the movie)
Shoja Azary (writer of the movie), Shahrnush Parsipur (writer of the novel Women Without Men), Shirin Neshat (writer and director of the movie) --TIFF 2009

Shirin Neshat --.tiff 2009
Shirin Neshat --TIFF 2009

Shirin Neshat and Shoja Azary --TIFF 2009
Shirin Neshat and Shoja Azary --TIFF 2009

Shoja Azary,
Shoja Azary, Shahrnush Parsipur, Shirin Neshat and can't remember the other guys name -- TIFF 2009

The night adventure

These pictures were taken few days ago on a mysterious adventure at night. I think the first image scared the owner when I pulled out my camera… The second picture, well I know it’s not good to shoot on a long exposure but it had to be done, the view was breath taking. And finally the last picture almost had me killed by the unknown man who likes to spin around with fire.

Spooky: 10pm
Spooky: 10pm

The light from the city: 11pm
The light from the city: 11pm
Don't try this at home: 2am
Don't try this at home: 2am

‘dont ignore me’

I have created a body of work where the individuals have become alienated from their social selves. My project focuses on illustrating the identities of individuals in our contemporary society by focusing on the psychological dimension of self-importance, in the context of specific social spheres. This work contains eleven images of eleven people (showing only one here) from different age and gender, placed in their everyday cultural identity and social roles that they experience.In the images, each person appears disconnected from their surroundings; the low opacity effect is deliberately used to disguise their individuality and their disengagement with their environment.
Furthermore, each individual in this series poses as a metaphor for the loneliness of the human soul.

"Don't Ignore Me"
"Don't Ignore Me"

The Representation

This diptych is a documentation of challenging the structure of identification and imagery of representation of gender within our contemporary western society. We have come to understand and recognize sex differences but identifying gender has always been problematic. In this diptych, we have two males expressing themselves in two different ways that contrast each other.
The picture on the left speaks about the stereotypical representation of a male; the body language shows his confidence about his masculinity, while in the background the female audiences supporting this stereotype of male by the activeness of their gaze.
The picture on right is a figure of what we recognize as female; identified by clothing, makeup and the feminine pose. Meanwhile, the audience realizes the sex as a male, expressing himself as his opposite gender; this breaks the normality and structure of identification.
The audiences in both pictures are metaphors of society and how people engage themselves with gender issues. The issue that’s corresponding with these two photographs is our society not being able to accept different gender identities with in one person or as a whole community.

Gender Issues 2009
Gender Issues 2009

Defiance from Abroad- Iran

“Protests following the 2009 Iranian presidential election against alleged electorial fraud and in support of opposition candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi are as of 24 June 2009 underway in Tehran and other major cities in Iran and around the world. The ongoing protests have been given several titles including the Green Revolution or Sea of Green, due to presidential candidate Mousavi’s campaign color, and the Persian Awakening.” Wikipedia

These images that I have taken are from the Protests in Toronto Ontario on June 2009.

Toronto, June 2009
Toronto, ON, June 2009

Toronto, June 2009
Toronto, ON, June 2009

Toronto, June 2009
Toronto, ON, June 2009

Toronto, ON, June 2009
Toronto, ON, June 2009

Toronto, ON, June 2009
Toronto, ON, June 2009

f (2009 -06-24)

FINALY

School/Exams and Magnum Photo agency internship are over and I finaly got some time to build my blog! I’ve been dreaming about this day for months now. I’ve been literally that busy.

I will be posting up some of my work that I’ve finished this year. I’m trying to work on few ideas for summer; once I organize them, they’ll be up! And also the process of the work. :)

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