A Kiss Before Bombing
These pictures are from the Unapologetic Mexican. He says, "Here are images, I wanted to lay them out. As glimpses. Isolated glimpses into another country, one that mostly exists for us in scary soundbytes and media-approved shots of hangings and flame and the dark dark chador and the obscuring burqa. We pump the hot gas of our fear and media worship into those shadowy shapes, because after all, all of us here in the USA are experts at marketing and advertising and image. We take joy in our trade. This is our most intensive area of training.
We are mid-commercial right now. Halfway through the award-winning "Bomb Iran" messaging blitz. I give you a few outtakes that might not make it into the glossy front page spread.
The tricky part about laying out images in a sequence is that, depending on the order, a story wants to connect the previously separate moment. The Glimpse becomes a Thought, and then a Tale. But I did not want to force some clunky narrative...which my hands seemed to want to do no matter how I moved around the pictures. So I ended up initially grouping them by color to solve my problem. That gave me a basic blueprint that I could follow without fear of setting up something too contrived. Let the colors lead the way, let the pigment and the paint and the hue have its say."
A woman looking into Khomeini's tomb.
Meadows as green, flowers as wild.
The mosque in Naqse-Jahan Square in Isfahan.
A Kurdish-Persian wedding.
In Najar, Iran. Kurdistan. People descended from the Medes.
Bolhassan, Iran. The cluster of homes that do not seem ruled by a grid, but rather naturally occurring as groups of people settled near one another. This village of people was chemically bombed by Saddam Hussein with munitions provided by the US in the Iraq-Iran war in 1987 and 1988.
A cooling tower on a museum roof in Kashan, Iran.
Naqse-Jahan Square, Esfahan, Iran.
The Azadi Tower, or "The Freedom Tower."
Bam, Iran. The same year this was taken, an earthquake destroyed the city, taking 40,000 lives.
September 8 is International Literature Day in Iran.
Shirley Temple Day.
A major highway in Tehran. They noticed, and titled it "Inconvenient Evidence."
More Iranian schoolchildren. Probably in California.
Children play outside Ali Qapu Palace, in Esfahan.
Women poking fun at something.
A woman protests against the US-led bombing of Afghanistan.
Sheep graze their way to freedom.
The Grand Bazaar.
Women in Arsanjan mash pomegranates.
God Bless Humanity.