Mohammad Domiri, a skilled architectural photographer from northern Iran, takes astonishing photos of pompous mosque architecture throughout the Middle East. Domiri centers predominantly on scenic and architecture photography and catches breathtaking mosaics, geometric patterns of colorful mosques in Iran.
The incredible photos succeed to capture the complex detail of the Middle East’s superb temples – this is the closest there is to a kaleidoscope of colors on their roofs.
Middle Eastern architecture is usually acknowledged by its elegantly arched curves and spiraling pillars, which feature heavily everywhere in Domiri’s photos. Many of the historic places Domiri shoots are enhanced with colorful stained-glass windows, geometric decorations, and painstakingly detailed mosaics, so he shoots with distinctive wide-angle lenses to make sure that he catches all of these features. Because they are historic structures, many of these mosques also require heavy restrictions on architecture photography – making photos like Domiri’s very rare.
“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. Personally, I am always looking for the symmetry in 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. So 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“, says Mohammad Domiri
What makes Domiri’s photos extraordinary and unique is that one needs to get specific permission to take photos inside of the temples due to limitations on tripods and congestion.