When I was living in Iran, I spend almost five years on a project based on photographing Iranian weddings. Focusing on a small town called ‘Karaj’, and surrounding suburbs. Being amongst a community of people from different cultures and traditions was also of great interest to me. So I started a documentary photography project.
These ceremonies were interesting as they showed the families desire to portray beauty, wealth and prosperity in such a strong cultural and religious setting. The brides while they often were over dressed and made up which took away from their natural beauty, they themselves felt beautiful and special on the day.
These photos tell the story of history and culture and how it influences the ceremony and rituals. So I felt compelled to start my project.
Over almost four years, much of the work undertaken was posed portraits of the dress of these families and their depiction of what beauty and prosperity is.