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These dazzling photos by Mohammad Domiri reveal the awesome interiors of Grand Mosques in northern Iran. Domiri is a physics student and self-taught photographer interested in documenting traditional architectural monuments found throughout the Middle East, mosques in particular.
Domiri described his work in a Daily Mail interview:
"In Iran, we have many historical sites - but some of the greatest are places of worship like mosques. As we have a grand mosque in every big city there are many historical buildings with lots of beautiful mosaics to capture.
I like looking for the symmetry, mosaics and artworks in these temples. I like how they let the light come inside and columns are special too as they divide interior space and give some depth.
Maybe some of these historical sites will not exist in 20 years or change a lot during that time. When I am capturing these pictures, I think about how they will be recorded and in future I hope people will be able to see their beauty.”
These beautiful mosques, ornately decorated with mesmerizing mosaics and geometric patterns, require special permission to be photographed, which makes Domiri’s stunning photos all the more exceptional.
To view even more of these amazing photos visit Mohammad Domiri’s website, 500px page, or his Facebook page.
[via DeMilked and Dailymail.co.uk]
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