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I was born and brought up in Iran, a beautiful country full of history. I started taking photos at an early age of my life with a Lubitel, a Russian twin lenses camera. Most of my photos in those days were black and white. It was a very nice camera that my parents gave me when I was 15 years old.

I always loved to see images. I remember that I would spend time in the library for hours and hours looking at the different photos in Life Magazine, National Geographic and other photographic journals and books. Also I always loved nature, and the different patterns made in it. I remember because of my Entomology studies, I would spend hours in the laboratory looking into microscopes at those beautiful and perfect structures that God created in those different tiny flowers, plants, tiny nematods, animals and insects. Then after I finished university in Iran, I left to do on my M.Sc. in California, the Golden State. There I was witness to even more of the beauties that nature held in each different moments of time. I remember I was always walking and trying to absorb all the scenes in my mind and memory as well as recording them on film. I forgot to say that I received another precious gift from my parents. That was a Canon camera with a fixed lense (G-III QL17). Then after I finished my studies, I returned to Iran for work. I consider myself an artist photographer.

At present I have a lovely Minolta Dynax 7, Mamiya 7II with few lenses. I still love and adore nature and all aspects of it. As a result I love macro photography, landscape, architecture (old and new), and many other categories like artistic abstracts, travel, people, fashion, and photo journalism.

In February 2008, I was delighted to be one of the Amateur UK Photographers short-listed in the Sony World Photography Competition 2008.

I have a vast numbers of printed photos, slides and thousands of negatives which all are archived in many folders.

I love to share my observations through my photos with those people who love and appreciate.

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It is NOT a computer game anymore!

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It is NOT a computer game anymore!

WikiLeaks has released a classified US military video depicting the indiscriminate slaying of over a dozen people in the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad -- including two Reuters news staff. Reuters has been trying to obtain the video through the Freedom of Information Act, without success since the time of the attack. The video, shot from an Apache helicopter gun-site, clearly shows the unprovoked slaying of a wounded Reuters employee and his rescuers. Two young children involved in the rescue were also seriously wounded.

It is NOT a computer game anymore!
Please watch and try to remember that these lost people had families (father, mother, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, ...) like us.
If you have a weak heart, please do not WATCH this.

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Scaning the Terrorists

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I took this interesting scene at the public event organized by the photographers' union against the restrict right of photographers in the UK.
In this recent law (Section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000) the police force have a wide powers to stop and search anyone for "articles of a kind which could be used in connection with terrorism" regardless of whether they have reason to suspect that the presence of such article, if found.
More than 500 photographers with various cameras attended on Saturday 23rd January 2010 in the Trafalgar Square, London, England.

I'm a Photographer, not a Terrorist!

History seems to be repeating itself !

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 2009

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With best wishes for Christmas and the New Year 2009 to all.

K o m b i z z

Norooz 1387 - Eid-e Shoma Mubarak!

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It is 8 months delay to say this to ALL dear members of FC:

Norooz 1387 - Eid-e Shoma Mubarak!

In harmony with the rebirth of nature, the Iranian New Year Celebration, or NOROOZ, always begins on the first day of spring.
Norooz ceremonies are symbolic representations of two ancient concepts - the End and the Rebirth; or Good and Evil.

The origins of Norooz are unknown, but they go back several thousand years predating the Achaemenian Dynasty.
The ancient Iranians had a festival called "Farvardgan" which lasted ten days, and took place at the end of the solar year. It appears that this was a festival of sorrow and mourning, signifying the end of life while the festival of Norooz, at the beginning of spring signified rebirth, and was a time of great joy and celebration.


((Fara Residane Norooz-e Baztani Ra Be Shoma Va Khanevadeh Gerami Tabrik Gofteh Va Sali Pur As Salamati Va Shadkami Barayetan Arezoomandam.))


EID-e Shoma Mubarak

It was 28th Esfand 1386 (18th March 2008). It was ChaharShanabeh Sori, where these days, young people spent their money for exploding small firecrackers for fun!

I remember when I was younger, we had a peaceful ChaharShanabeh Sori without having fears of any casualties.

ANYHOW, I perfered to stay with my dear computer and design a Eid card for the Iranian New Year.

If you are curious to know, it took me almost 7 hours PS works with creating 27 layers!
I should mention my computer crashed down twice which I had to re-do the works again.

Farah Diva

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Antigravity Engine Powers UFO Type Aircraft

John Roy Robert Searl built a device made of several metal plates and 12 magnetic rollers. Then he was astounded when the oval plates began to turn, apparently without any outside influence. They soon were spinning faster and faster, until the device developed a field around itself, rose up from the table and struck the ceiling. When Searl took the device outside, it rose so high it disappeared in the clouds and was never seen again. He called his device, a levity disk.

A few years later, Russian scientist Eugene Podkletnov was testing a super conducting ceramic disk by rotating it above some powerful electromagnets. As the disk turned, Podkletnov noticed that small objects above the disk seemed to lose weight. He discovered that they seemed shielded from the pull of Earth's gravity.

Journalist Nick Cook recently published a book, "The Hunt for Zero Point," in which he claims that the United States has been seriously working on anti-gravity "electrogravitics" technology since the 1950s.

Not all of the flying disk-shaped objects in the world skies are of Earth origin. Nor are they of contemporary origin, a remote viewer reports. Some appear to be time machines from the future, while others are vehicles propelling alien visitors for brief visits from parallel universes.

Remote viewer Aaron C. Donahue says these strange craft seem to be propelled by both gravity and anti-gravity devices. By turning on gravity machines and tipping them in a particular direction, the machine falls. In other words, the movement is not caused by thrust, but by controlled free-fall.

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So, what makes Iranian different..... ?

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Unprofessional Reputed Iranian Nature Tour Company (Iran-EcoTour)

The Iran-EcoTour company (Eco Expert Ltd) in Tehran, Iran is an eco tourism nature company. They were established 1998 to promote Iran's eco tourism attractions and to improve bio-cultural attitudes among people, both locally and internationally, and to pave the way for interested tourists. They claim to have received approval from the three top Iranian Tourism Training Centres, the Iranian Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organisation and hold classes and training courses about nature and its value.

Mr Ali Adhami, the board of directors in the Iran-Ecotour’s website says: "We guarantee well- equipped, selectively catered, safe and eco- friendly trips."

On 10 August 2007, I took my mother and her friend on EcoTour’s one day trekking trip to Kondelus Village. Unfortunately the company hired a mini-bus driver who was not familiar with the road to Chaloos that has a series of dangerous winding sections and tunnels. As a result, the bus driver hit the wall of Tunnel No 6. As a result of the resulting huge impact, my mother fell over and was badly injured, she suffered shock of accident and injuries to her foot.

My mother needed financial assistance for medical treatment, but Ecotours told us they would pay nothing towards the cost as all the expenses would be paid for by the driver’s Third Party Insurance. This contradicts what Ecotours have told passengers that whoever travels with them is insured for 1,000,000 tomans for hospital, doctors’ expenses. I feel that they contradict themselves because they try to escape from their responsibility toward my mother and myself and other passengers.

Since 10/08/07, NOBODY from Iran-EcoTour Company (Dr Houman Jowkar, Dr Houshang Ziaie, Dr Bijan Farhang Darreh-shouri, Mr Ali Adhami), and tour leaders (Mr Mohamad Manzarnejad, Mrs Azadeh Jouhari, Mr Ali Islam) has contacted my mother by any means and asked her how she was! i.e.-Was she alive or dead ! Apparently one of the EcoTour's director cares more about Iranian Cheetah rather than take care of my old injured & traumatized mother!!

I wonder what Iran-Ecotour's response would be if my mother had been a foreign tourist traveling with them? Do you think it would be different?