Interview with photographer Mehrdad Vahed Yousefabad
F-Stop Magazine: How did you first become involved in photography and what led to you working in this medium as an artist?
Mehrdad Vahed Yousefabad: My first steps in photography started with my older brother’s DSLR camera. My brother was a photographer and he had many photographer friends and I entered the photography community in Tabriz through them. Photography is an international language, and it made me more eager to use this medium to show what is around me.
F-Stop: The current issue of F-Stop Magazine includes images from your project “Hope in the rain,” can you tell us about this project and how it came about?
MVY: I first went to the lake in 2017 at the height of the drought. Then I went to other parts of the lake several times with my photographer friends. In those days I decided to show the dry condition of the lake in the form of a series. Continuing trips to the lake completed my project and was formed “Hope in the rain”.
F-Stop: How do you choose what or who to photograph, what are you looking to capture?
MVY: From dry days to today when the conditions of the lake have improved, I’m looking to show what’s happened there.
F-Stop: Do you have a favorite image in this series? If so, which one and why is it the image that speaks to you most?
MVY: Pictures are like words, if you delete them from sentence, your message will be incomplete. These photos together convey my message and it is very hard to say which one I like more than others.
F-Stop: Are you working on any other projects currently?
MVY: Yes, on other environmental project and two projects about urban life I’m working to complete it as soon. I hope, I can complete them and share it on F-Stop Magazine.
F-Stop: What photographers or other artists inspire you?
MVY: Many people can be named but I want to talk about a man who is like a compassionate teacher. He is Karim Mottaghi, my master of photography I certainly could not go this way without his guidance.