Iran Deconstructed

Political anti-American propaganda on the wall of former Embassy of United States. The reality is however quite different from the government propaganda.

Images of previous and current Supreme Leaders of Iran are visible on many public, but also private places. This is the entrance to the tea shop, which is a former spa.

International tourism is at its beginning, yet locals’ adaptability is so high, that many of them speak fluently multiple languages.

The Islamic Republic of Iran operates under modified the Islamic Law. Tourists are welcome to visit mosques and some of them have even English instructions.

Iranian family at the mosque. Hijab is mandatory by law for all women (except kids) appearing at public spaces.

Even though hijab is compulsory from age 9, some families dressed their daughters into hijab at very young age.

Part of mother’s hijab falls over her daughter.

Iran has rich nightlife where families, including women, are socialising. It’s not common to see that many women outside in Iraq or Turkey.

Bazaars are important places for Iran, which are mostly closed during the day. However, mosques are opened and all women must wear a chador (what in Farsi means ‘tent’) before entering one.

The presentation of wedding fashion seems contradictory to Islamic rules of wearing hijab.

Most of the salesclerks at bazaars are friendly, patient and are not forcing people to purchase from their shops.

High unemployment rate creates a substantial lower class. Some people have ‘mobile’ markets and sell their goods on the street.

Many buildings and cars look ramshackle, which reflects Iranian’s lack of sense for detail. Despite that, streets are usually clean and free of garbage.

Iran has basic road safety rules, but many drivers ignore them. Sometimes you can spot even 5 family members driving on one motorbike without helmets.

It is early in the morning and streets are already cleaned, or being cleaned. It is contrasting with their nature where it is more likely to see garbage.

Most of the Iranian Plateau is dry and covered with bushes and mountains.

Zayandeh Rud in Isfahan – the largest river of the Iranian Plateau. The water is blocked in the dam, which serves as water supply for the city of Isfahan.

Deserts are a big attraction for tourist. They are advertised in many cities, offering full day trips from sunrise to stargazing.

Even though the country is taking a good care of the cleanliness of the cities, improvements have to be done in their nature.  Some people make the effort to drive to the desert to throw away unused materials or trash.