I was already sure that John’s performance would be an interesting photography subject as well as a chance to listen to a different kind of music in this year’s Merimbula Jazz Festival. The single-track performance, a meditative journey through various soundscapes being played in a semi-dark room and among an audience of mostly professional musicians was a genuine musical experience. I tried to use the harsh, unidirectional light, the reflections of light on steel and chrome musical equipment and all the cables and microphones to my advantage and do what I really like with them, and really like the results. Photos are taken with my inharmonious trio of lenses, Sigma 70 – 200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM, Nikon AF‑S DX Nikkor 18 – 105mm f/3.5 – 5.6G ED VR and Nikon AF‑S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G Nikon AF‑S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G.
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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