Art And Culture

Beauty in Reflective Photography

Beauty in Reflective Photography
Beauty in Reflective Photography

A photo exhibition by young Iranian artist, Babak Haghi, is underway at Tehran’s Abtin Art Gallery.

Titled ‘Reflective Mirrors’, the exhibition has 18 photos taken by Haghi in fall and winter of the last Iranian calendar year (ended March 2015), Honaronline reported.

The artist has used rainwater puddles to create unique reflection photos. “The water mirrors natural scenery (adjacent as well as overhead) but passersby who walk by the puddles are inattentive to the beauties they reflect,” he said.

“My photos are categorized in the art photography genre, mostly taken at sunset with a digital camera, and sometimes by smart phone.”

Reflection photography is a challenging and special sort of photography that requires a good grasp of angles and perspective and an ever-vigilant artist’s eye.

They can be hard to capture because they require the photographer to think in a different perspective. Instead of shooting a beautiful scene head-on just as one sees it, the artist may have to even shoot upside-down to be able to capture a good reflected photo. Reflections can place images within images, or apply beautiful and artistic effects naturally – without photoshop.

The main feature in the artworks is the blend of urban constructions along with nature besides the form and visual aesthetic elements.

Art professor and photographer, Hamidreza Karami, said in an introduction to the exhibition: “Babak Haghi’s photos feature the beauty of both the sky and the earth in one image. The reflections of the upper world on the ground could be haunting for a pensive man.”

Haghi, 33, got interested in photography and illustration after studying electronics in Azad University of Tabriz. He was instructed in visual arts under master Hafez Mir-Aftabi. The training prepared the ground for his artistic innovations. Since 2013, he has ventured into the world of theater and theatrography.

The exhibition will run until February 23 at No. 42, Khakzad St., Touraj St., Vali-e Asr Avenue.