Currently at the ICP Educational Gallery through November 23rd, there's a really interesting student photo exhibit, including these pics by Farhad Farman-Farmian. I threw up a few here in this post, but it's worth checking these and the others out this weekend. → ICP.org.
"A Persian In The Garden"
The word "paradise" comes from the ancient Persian word for an enclosed garden, pardis, and the art of landscaping is arguably one of Iran's great cultural legacies. Stronger than any stylistic legacy, however, is its spiritual quest to make on earth a reflection of the heavenly abode; as above, so below. In Persia, the garden becomes a sacred space of symmetry and order, for contemplation and celestial nourishment. It is often said that the gardens in Persia are an antidote to the harsh climatic conditions of the Iranian plateau. In much the same way, a garden of the West is a place of escape from the urgencies of modern life.
Through these photographs, taken during contemplative meanderings in a contemporary walled enclosure in the West, this displaced Persian seeks to continue that tradition of inward reflection and rumination.