Photo Essay: On the shores of the Tajen river

Sari, Iran.

Tajen is a river in northern Iran, originating on the northern side of the Alborz mountains and flowing into the Caspian sea. A large part of the Tajen is semi dry most of the time, because it’s been dammed by Soleyman Tangeh hydroelectric dam that was built for hydroelectric power production, flood control and to provide water for industrial and agricultural use. What remains of the river is used for local, small-scale agriculture and occasional fishing in the waters polluted by fertilisers, urban sewage and garbage. The river lost its importance as a source of life and turned into a power plug and garbage dump. Cities are creeping into forests and farms, shepherds without pastures bring their flock into the city to graze on remaining urban green spaces. In cities, corrupt municipalities cut trees and plant plastic trees with lights in place of them, perhaps for a commission from business people.

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Kasra Yousefi

My name is Kasra Yousefi. I’m a graphic designer, teacher and photographer, living in Canberra, ACT.

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