In 2013, on our way from Austria zu Kyrgyzstan by car, Iran was nothing more than a transit country on our route in order to reach our end destination. I did not really deal with Iran beforehand and decided to just cross the border and go into uncertainty. We spent 9 days in the country, climbed Mt. Damavand(the highest mountain), almost got arrested by accidentally flying over a military base with our paragliders, met countless friendly and open minded people and headed on towards the border of Turkmenistan. Back then I already knew that I’d have to come back and so I did.
Two skiing trips followed and in summer 2016 I decided to go there again for two months, on my own. I started to study some Farsi, hung out with lots of friends which I got to know over the last couple of years, went paragliding, mountain biking and mountaineering and traveled throughout the whole country.
Those are my favorite pictures which I took with my analog camera.
Tehran can get extremely hot in summer and the capitals 15 million inhabitants turn the streets into hectic rivers of vehicles and people. So lots of residents meet in the numerous parks for picnics and sports. Those parks are usually crowded until the morning hours.
It’s difficult to travel through Iran without getting invited into peoples homes several times a day. Iranians are very hospitable and especially love to meet foreigners. Those guys stay up here the whole summer, looking after their animals and producing milk products.
We spent a night at a corn farmers place near Ahvaz, close to the Iraqi border whom we met at the mountain lake. He, his uncle and some friends showed us the neighborhood including this river where they use to go swimming a lot.
This family lives at the foothills of Mt Taftan, a 4000m high volcano close to the Pakistani border. They are mostly self-sustaining, having lots of vegetables in their gardens and some animals in the mountains.
Watching their mum making bread was super interesting. It starts off like this with a fire underneath the bread until this side is finished. The fire gets pushed aside, the bread put on the warm stone floor with the metal pan on top of the bread. The fire gets moved on top of the pan for several minutes until the bread is ready to eat.
Ancient air conditioning in Yazd, a desert city. The towers on this and the following image absorb the moving air which gets pushed down the tower creating an airflow in the building or in this case a water basin.