Ramin Bajoghli: Blog https://www.bajoghli.com/blog en-us (C) Ramin Bajoghli [email protected] (Ramin Bajoghli) Mon, 21 Dec 2020 15:38:00 GMT Mon, 21 Dec 2020 15:38:00 GMT https://www.bajoghli.com/img/s/v-12/u833108018-o723978552-50.jpg Ramin Bajoghli: Blog https://www.bajoghli.com/blog 120 90 Henderson Point, Mississippi https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2020/12/henderson-point-mississippi

The Gulf at Henderson Point

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San Juan, Puerto Rico https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2019/11/san-juan-puerto-rico

]]> [email protected] (Ramin Bajoghli) juan puerto rico san viejo https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2019/11/san-juan-puerto-rico Fri, 29 Nov 2019 06:35:54 GMT At the Sunset https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2019/10/at-the-sunset At the SunsetAt the SunsetSunset Beach - Vancouver

Sunset Beach - Vancouver

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Lake Mowich - Another View https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2019/9/lake-mowich-1

Lake Mowich

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Sunset Beach - Vancouver https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2019/9/sunset-beach---vancouver Sunset Beach - VancouverSunset Beach - VancouverSunset Beach - Vancouver

Sunset Beach - Vancouver

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Mt. Rainier https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2019/9/mt-rainier Mt. RainierMt. RainierMt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier

[email protected] (Ramin Bajoghli) mountain mt rainier https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2019/9/mt-rainier Thu, 26 Sep 2019 12:14:30 GMT
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Lake Mowich

[email protected] (Ramin Bajoghli) hiking lake mowich rainier https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2019/9/lake-mowich Wed, 25 Sep 2019 11:02:57 GMT
Superdome https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2019/9/superdome

Texans vs Saints

[email protected] (Ramin Bajoghli) iphone new orleans photography saints https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2019/9/superdome Wed, 11 Sep 2019 10:30:38 GMT
Audubon Park https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2019/4/audubon-park

]]> [email protected] (Ramin Bajoghli) https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2019/4/audubon-park Sun, 07 Apr 2019 09:52:04 GMT Texas Calm https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2019/4/texas-calm Texas CalmTexas Calm

]]> [email protected] (Ramin Bajoghli) farm iphone photography texas https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2019/4/texas-calm Sun, 07 Apr 2019 05:20:04 GMT Sketches Continued https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2018/1/sketches-continued

More sketching while I await Match Day 2018

[email protected] (Ramin Bajoghli) darwish pencil sketches turkish https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2018/1/sketches-continued Sun, 28 Jan 2018 10:21:32 GMT
Pike Place Market https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2017/12/pike-place-market Pilke Place MarketPilke Place Market


[email protected] (Ramin Bajoghli) iphone7+ market photography pike place seattle https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2017/12/pike-place-market Sat, 02 Dec 2017 07:55:41 GMT
JFK - MSY https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2017/11/jfk---msy JFK — MSYJFK — MSY

]]> [email protected] (Ramin Bajoghli) delta iphone7+ jfk photography https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2017/11/jfk---msy Mon, 27 Nov 2017 11:45:41 GMT StudioBE - NOLA https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2017/11/studiobe---nola StudioBEStudioBEStudioBE


[email protected] (Ramin Bajoghli) iphone nola photography studiobe https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2017/11/studiobe---nola Wed, 22 Nov 2017 04:34:27 GMT
Sydney Harbor and Opera House https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2017/11/sydney-harbor-and-opera-house Sydney HarborSydney Harbor

Sydney Opera House

[email protected] (Ramin Bajoghli) house iphone opera photography sydney https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2017/11/sydney-harbor-and-opera-house Thu, 02 Nov 2017 08:34:11 GMT
NOLAween https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2017/10/nolaween

Halloween on St. Charles St

[email protected] (Ramin Bajoghli) halloween nola https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2017/10/nolaween Tue, 31 Oct 2017 04:01:16 GMT
Audobon Park https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2017/10/audobon-park

]]> [email protected] (Ramin Bajoghli) audobon new oak orleans park trees https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2017/10/audobon-park Sun, 22 Oct 2017 10:17:02 GMT Kauai, Hawaii https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2017/3/kauai-hawaii

Testing my new iPhone 7+ on the beach

[email protected] (Ramin Bajoghli) Kauai Hawaii iPhone photography https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2017/3/kauai-hawaii Sun, 12 Mar 2017 02:33:11 GMT
A Night Out in NOLA https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2016/6/a-night-out-in-nola Took my camera out last night and took a few photos. More to come...


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Sketches https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2016/3/sketches A couple years ago I began sketching to help pass time between my acceptance to medical school and actually attending. For about two months I sketched every day until I moved to Australia. Here are a few of my sketches:


[email protected] (Ramin Bajoghli) Che Che Guevara Sketches doodling drawings nude https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2016/3/sketches Wed, 09 Mar 2016 18:41:57 GMT
Mardi Gras 2016 https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2016/2/mardi-gras-2016 After a 2 year absence from this blog due to medical school, I've added a new post with a few photos from Mardi Gras in NOLA.

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[email protected] (Ramin Bajoghli) 2016 Mardi Gras 2016 NOLA New Orleans photography https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2016/2/mardi-gras-2016 Wed, 10 Feb 2016 04:41:41 GMT
Qeshm -- An Oasis in the Persian Gulf https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2014/1/qeshm I recently traveled to Qeshm, Iran's biggest island in the Persian Gulf. Qeshm is mostly dry yet it houses some of the most beautiful natural phenomenas I have ever seen.

The Mangrove Forest:


Naz Island:

The Persian Gulf:

[email protected] (Ramin Bajoghli) GeoPark Iran Naz Island Qeshm The Mangrove Forest The Persian Gulf photography https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2014/1/qeshm Wed, 08 Jan 2014 12:20:12 GMT
Persian Gulf Sunset https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2014/1/persian-gulf-sunset I recently returned from a 4 day trip to Qeshm and the Persian Gulf. I took this photo from my iPhone on a boat ride from Qeshm to Bandar Abass.

[email protected] (Ramin Bajoghli) Iran Persian Gulf Qeshm iPhone photography sunset https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2014/1/persian-gulf-sunset Mon, 06 Jan 2014 19:41:36 GMT
Pollution in Tehran https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2014/1/pollution-in-tehran The pollution in Tehran and many parts of Iran is out of control. In a recent report ranking the top ten most polluted cities in the world, Iranian cities  unceremoniously have made the list four times (and Tehran isn't one of them!).

Something needs to change. Some days are so bad you are under house arrest. Stepping outside-even for a minute or two-burns your eyes, nose, and throat. There has not been a day in Tehran that I've come home without a headache. 

[email protected] (Ramin Bajoghli) Iran Tehran pollution https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2014/1/pollution-in-tehran Sun, 05 Jan 2014 09:50:25 GMT
Website Redesign & New Photos https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2013/12/redesign After a two year hiatus, I've redesigned my website and added new photos. Below are samples of photographs I have taken in Iran in December 2013. More to come!

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[email protected] (Ramin Bajoghli) Iran photography https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2013/12/redesign Tue, 31 Dec 2013 07:22:00 GMT
Community (Re)Defined: Hailing Successes, Recognizing Failures https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2012/12/community-redefined Below is an excerpt of my most recent published article, Community (Re)Defined: Hailing Successes, Recognizing Failures


The all too common Iranian American myth goes something like this: we are the wealthiest, smartest, most successful diaspora community in the United States.

Unfortunately, by perpetuating this myth, we ignore or refuse to acknowledge the very serious challenges facing the Iranian American community.

In the last decade, various national organizations and numerous individuals have worked tirelessly to combat the racist and misrepresentative images of Iranians in mainstream media. The 1979-81 Iran hostage crisis created a wave of anti-Iranian sentiment that in some measure continues to linger today. In response, many in the Iranian American community have sought to take control of its public image. However, the narrative we've created for ourselves is one of extreme levels of success: we are not the bearded and veiled religious fanatics of yesteryear, but instead, we demand recognition as the CEOs, bankers, scientists, doctors, lawyers, and engineers pioneering the United States in the 21st century.

Although our successes in the United States need to be celebrated, we are treading a treacherous slope with our narrow definition of success. As with any community, our socioeconomic conditions are diverse. The real difficulties faced by our community are not a matter of public relations and image; instead the complications emerge from exclusivity. We are marginalizing scores of our own who do not fit the golden image of success...

Read more: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/tehranbureau/2012/12/opinion-community-redefined-hailing-successes-recognizing-failures.html#ixzz2EnaMSlVu.

[email protected] (Ramin Bajoghli) Frontline IAAB Iran Iranian Alliances Across Borders Iranian American PBS PBS Frontline PBS Tehran Bureau Frontline Tehran Bureau diaspora https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2012/12/community-redefined Wed, 12 Dec 2012 02:01:55 GMT
Shenandoah - David Turnley https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2012/11/shenandoah




Just saw this at DOC NYC and it was incredible.  Director David Turnley is a master storyteller and one of the best working documentary photographers.  Hopefully the documentary will get a wide release, and if it does, go see it.

From their website:

An epic feature documentary about a coal mining town with a fiery immigrant 
heritage, once pivotal in fueling America's industrial revolution and today in decline 
and struggling to survive and retain its identity, soul and values - all of which were 
dramatically challenged when four of the town's white, star football players were 
charged in the beating death of an undocumented Mexican immigrant named Luis 
Ramirez. Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer David Turnley's most personal work, 
SHENANDOAH creates a deeply felt portrait of a working class community, and the 
American Dream on trial.

Executive Producer Billy Peterson, Executive Producers Joslyn Barnes, Danny Glover, Ted Sarandos

[email protected] (Ramin Bajoghli) DOC David Turnley Luis Ramirez NYC NYC" Shenandoah documentary, photographer, high school football immigration small town America https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2012/11/shenandoah Tue, 13 Nov 2012 01:12:55 GMT
Cover of New York Magazine - Aftermath of Sandy in NYC https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2012/11/cover-of-new-york-magazine---aftermath-of-sandy-in-nyc Photograph by: Iwan Baan


This photo was used on the cover of New York Magazine.  It really captures the Gotham like feel of NYC during the blackout caused by Sandy.  New York was a tale of two cities during last week.

[email protected] (Ramin Bajoghli) A Tale of Two Cities Hurricane Sandy Iwan Baan NYC New York Magazine Sandy Tropical Storm Sandy photographer photography https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2012/11/cover-of-new-york-magazine---aftermath-of-sandy-in-nyc Tue, 06 Nov 2012 21:42:24 GMT
Management Companies Neglect Tenants in Lower East Side Following Sandy https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2012/11/management-companies-neglect-tenants-in-lower-east-side-following-sandy  


November 5, 2012

Contact: Narges Bajoghli

Phone: 347-722-1532

Management Companies Neglect Tenants in Lower East Side Following Sandy

New York, NY – Contrary to media reports, numerous buildings in the Lower East Side in Manhattan remain without power, heat, and properly functioning water systems in freezing temperatures. Landlords and management companies are taking advantage of the situation and are not acting fast enough. In one building on 8th Street and Avenue C, managed by K&R Realty, we have had reports of tenants who have had asthma attacks due to the cold and the fumes from the flooded basement, as well as a tenant who has had to leave the building because he is undergoing chemotherapy and the building is too cold for him.


Although ConEdison has worked hard and fast to restore power to lower Manhattan, management companies have not responded in kind to get the necessary equipment to restore power, heat, and water in the buildings they manage.  As a result, thousands of residents in the Lower East Side are in uninhabitable buildings, two days before a snowstorm is forecasted. 


We have therefore started a campaign to put pressure on landlords and management companies to take care of their tenants. We need the help of housing lawyers and media to get the word out and put pressure on these entities. Please contact us if you can help.


Here is the letter we sent the company listed above.




[email protected] (Ramin Bajoghli) 394 E. 8th Street Hurricane Hurricane Sandy K&R Reality NYC Negligence Press Release Sandy Tropical Storm https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2012/11/management-companies-neglect-tenants-in-lower-east-side-following-sandy Mon, 05 Nov 2012 20:53:59 GMT
Empresa de Gestion Comete Negligencia Con Los Habitantes del Bajo Manhattan https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2012/11/empresa-de-gestion-comete-negligencia-con-los-habitantes-del-bajo-manhattan  


November 5, 2012

Contact: Narges Bajoghli

Phone: 347-722-1532

Lower East Side en Manhattan es una de las áreas mas afectadas tras el paso de la tormenta Sandy. Todavía un gran numero de Edificios se encuentran sin electricidad, ni calefacción y las temperaturas están bajando considerablemente. Los dueños y compañías que son responsables por el mantenimiento de estas edificaciones no están actuando de la manera mas eficiente. Este es el caso de uno de los edificios localizado en Calle 8 y Avenida C. La compañía K&R Realty no ha actuado de una manera eficaz y ha sido negligente a la hora de prevenir a los habitantes del edificio de tomar las medidas cautelares antes que la tormenta pasara. Teniendo en cuenta que el pasado año con la tormenta Irene el edificio sufrió daños de inundaciones. Se han reportado habitantes con Asma debido a las bajas temperaturas, y uno de los vecinos tuvo que abandonar el edificio porque esta recibiendo quimioterapia y no pudo resistir el frío en su apartamento.


Aunque ConEdison ha puesto un gran esfuerzo en la restauración del servicio eléctrico en Lower Manhattan, las compañías que administran estos edificios no han respondido con el equipamiento necesario para restaurar el agua, calefacción, y electricidad de estos edificios.  Como resultado miles de residentes del Lower East Side están en edificios inhabitables a dos días de una tormenta de nieve anunciada por el Instituto de Meteorología.


[email protected] (Ramin Bajoghli) 394 E. 8th Street Hurricane Hurricane Sandy K&R Reality NYC Negligence Press Release Sandy Tropical Storm https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2012/11/empresa-de-gestion-comete-negligencia-con-los-habitantes-del-bajo-manhattan Mon, 05 Nov 2012 20:50:19 GMT
Letter to K&R Realty RE: Post Sandy Negligence https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2012/11/letter-to-k-r-realty-re-post-sandy-negligence  

Dear K & R Realty, 
I am writing this email on behalf of a number of tenants in 394 E 8th Street.  We have a list of questions that we would like for you to answer ASAP and we would also like to let you know that if we do not get proper answers to these questions by 2pm today (Monday, November 5th), we will send out a press release to all major NYC and national media, and local and national government officials. 
We are disappointed that the first email we received from K&R in regards to Sandy was on Thursday, November 1st at 2pm, a full 66 hours after our building lost power. Not hearing from our management company in a time of crisis until 66 hours after we have lost power is unacceptable, and further demonstrates your negligence.
Furthermore, our building got flooded with Irene last summer. Knowing that our building is prone to flooding from these storms, precautionary measures should have been taken for Sandy, which every major news outlet reported was a much bigger storm than Irene at least 5 days before the storm. By not taking any precautionary measures, this further demonstrates your negligence. 
In regards to the most recent email sent by K&R, it is not specified if power has been restored to the units and if we have heat and hot water, in order to make the units livable. 
In addition: 

1) 394 E 8th St was not the only building flooded on the area: but why we are the last building on our street not working

2) The building is not only damaged but it is not at all habitable. There is no power, no light, no heating (outside temperatures are extremely cold right now) and no water. It is forbidden to use the toilet, as we were told by a sign on the front door, or else the building would flood again. These conditions are far from calling the building a residential apartment.  We cannot live inside at all. We do not have even the minimum basic utilities we need to live there. 

3) There is a terrible smell inside the entire building which makes it difficult to breath. One tenant had an asthma attack on Saturday.  This shows that the quality of the building is not safe and poses serious health risks.  These smells and vapors evidently come from the basement, which need to immediately be cleaned, dried, and fixed by a cleaning company.  

4) Until today, Monday, we have not received any significant information about WHEN the building will be habitable again. Furthermore, the last email from K&R contradicts your previous email which stated that we would have power by and living conditions by Monday or Tuesday.

This demonstrates clear evidence that the management company has no idea about the situation at hand and is not taking it seriously enough to repair the damages. 
5) After the power went out on Monday night, the back-up emergency sign and lights were working.  However, by early Tuesday morning the emergency lights stopped working.  This is a clear violation of federal and city laws regarding emergency lights. 

6) Thus it seems evident that there has been evident negligence on behalf of K&R in the entire process of taking care of the building and its inhabitants before and after Sandy.

For all of these above reasons, we demand clear answers from the management company about when we can expect to move back into our buildings. Furthermore, we will not pay rate from the day the power has been restore in the area (Friday 2nd November) until the day that we receive power and living conditions in the building. We demand that our rate be prorated. 
In addition, since the health conditions of the building appear to be serious, we will call this to the attention of the authorities of NYC Department of Housing and the NYC Health Department to verify the habitability of the building.

In conclusion, we are still waiting to be informed of the specific date to move into the building, after all the health and safety requirements have been fulfilled by the management company according to the law. Furthermore, if by 2pm on Monday, November 5th, we do not have an answer from K&R,  we will release a press release and make this a public matter by stating that K&R has neglected all the inhabitants and the building in the aftermath of Sandy.  
[email protected] (Ramin Bajoghli) 394 E. 8th Street Hurricane Hurricane Sandy K&R Reality NYC Negligence Sandy Tropical Storm https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2012/11/letter-to-k-r-realty-re-post-sandy-negligence Mon, 05 Nov 2012 16:27:01 GMT
All Too Human: A Short Play https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2012/9/all-too-human-a-short-play


A play I wrote in 2010 for fun during some down time at work.   I was organizing my files on my computer when I came across this.

[email protected] (Ramin Bajoghli) All Too Human economy one act play play tough times https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2012/9/all-too-human-a-short-play Tue, 18 Sep 2012 16:08:35 GMT
The Skin That Burns - Trailer https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2012/9/the-skin-that-burns---trailer The trailer is finally up (see below)!  The website is finally up!

Current Status = Post Production

The Skin That Burns (21 mins) is the story of Iran’s volunteer soldiers who were exposed to chemical bombs during the Iran-Iraq War. The film follows veteran Ahmad Salimi, who is now legally blind and has scars throughout his body due to burns from exposure to chemical weapons over 20 years ago. His wife, who volunteered to marry a wounded veteran, is his strongest support.  From the numerous pills a day that Ahmad has to swallow to stay alive, to the inhalers he has to use to breathe, Ahmad’s story reveals the deadly affects of chemical bombs that are rarely talked about in modern warfare. This film is Ahmad’s story as he struggles to stay alive and fights for peace.

The Skin That Burns explores questions surrounding the controversial issue of chemical warfare, families struggling with disability and illness, and the determination to live, despite it all

Shot in Tehran, Karaj, Ahvaz, and Abadan, this film follows Ahmad as he receives his medical treatment, works at the Tehran Peace Museum, and carries out his duties with his family. The film also features verite footage of Ahmad with his wife and two sons, interviews with veterans at the Tehran Peace Museum, and Ahmad’s physician, as well as archival footage of the war.

This film was produced in NYU Department of Anthropology, Program in Culture and Media

The Skin That Burns - Trailer

[email protected] (Ramin Bajoghli) Iran Iran-Iraq War Iraq The Skin That Burns chemical weapons documentary mustard gas war https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2012/9/the-skin-that-burns---trailer Tue, 18 Sep 2012 01:37:56 GMT
Countdown: One Month https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2012/4/countdown-one-month

I've been a little inconsistent with my blog entries because the dreaded MCAT exam is ONE MONTH AWAY!  I feel like I'm in a prison studying for this exam.  Who was the architect of NYU's Bobst Library?  I swear it reminds me of Emerald City from HBO's Oz.

To quote Professor Nash from A Beautiful Mind, "I'm terrified, petrified, mortified, and stupified by [the exam]"

Photo taken by my iPhone 4s using Instagram

[email protected] (Ramin Bajoghli) MCAT countdown to MCAT iPhone iPhone 4s iPhone 4s photography https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2012/4/countdown-one-month Fri, 13 Apr 2012 21:03:45 GMT
Stop-Motion-Handheld https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2012/4/stop-motion-handheld The Wall


During my last trip to the Middle East (August 2011), I wanted to experiment with stop-motion photography.  I did some handheld stop-motion on the Wall in the West Bank.  I have some other handheld panorama shots from Lebanon that I need to edit and upload (hopefully in the near future).

Any feedback from above would be great and much appreciated : )

[email protected] (Ramin Bajoghli) Israel Palestine The Wall West Bank panorama photography photojournalism stop motion stop-motion https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2012/4/stop-motion-handheld Mon, 09 Apr 2012 10:00:00 GMT
No More Hate https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2012/4/no-more-hate


I am the President of the Board of Advisors of Iranian Alliances Across Borders (IAAB), a non-profit that works to develop community leaders with high school and college students.  This month, IAAB's Campus Action Network (I-CAN) is launching the first ever Iran Awareness Month: No Hate.

Participants from 20 university campuses nationwide will participate in this month long event.  Participants in Iran Awareness Month: No Hate will take action in any of the following ways:

Student groups and representatives host on-campus events that raise awareness of Iranian culture and promote anti-hate message such as:

  • Panel, speaker, or townhall meeting
  • Film screenings, art exhibits, and tablings
  • Cross-cultural and interfaith dialogues
  • Cultural activities such as poetry readings, hokm nights, and backgammon tournaments.

In response to the a recent wave of hate crimes, IAAB's Campus Action Network expands Iran Awareness Month to also include a message of not hate against all communities.  I-CAN's Iran Awareness Month: No Hate will include actions honoring both Trayvon Martin and Shaima Al Awadi, two victims of recent hate crimes, as well as a coordinated action condemning the unwarranted surveillance of New York's Muslim student associations by the NYPD.

As part of the campaign, I took the photograph above for IAAB.

[email protected] (Ramin Bajoghli) I-CAN IAAB IAAB Campus Action Network Iran Awareness Month: No Hate Iranian Alliances Across Borders No Hate Shaima Al Awadi Trayvon Martin photography https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2012/4/no-more-hate Sat, 07 Apr 2012 17:01:22 GMT
I Use an Olympus and I'm Proud of It! https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2012/4/proud-olympus

Does having Microsoft Word make you a writer?

Does knowing Final Cut Pro make you a film editor?

Nah...I didn't think so!

That's my philosophy when it comes to cameras and photography.  Every time I am asked what kind of camera I use I know I am about to get judged.   "Oh, you use an Olympus?" is usually followed by the person taking a step back and giving me a disapproving shake of the head.  But, increasingly I've become OK with the hate people have for Olympus.  It's not a Canon and it's not a Nikon.  I'm not a fool...I know those two brands are superior but it's not the camera that takes the photos, it's the person using the camera.  If I feel comfortable with the camera and have the ability to maximize the tools offered by my E-volt 500, then why should it matter what brand the camera is?

I know many people (former co-workers), who buy expensive cameras and spend lots of money and time perfecting the technology behind photography and filmmaking that they missed the whole point of what a camera's main function is.  A camera's job is to tell a story.  You can have a 100 megapixel picture, the latest HD camera but if your frame cannot narrate a story to its attended audience then what is the point?

I've touched on this matter before in a previous blog entry but I felt like I needed to come out of the camera closet once and for all.  I use an Olympus and I'm proud of it!  I'm not a household name in photography or photojournalism nor am I close to being one.  Photography is a craft and like any craft it requires hard work, dedication, and a devotion to storytelling.  If you don't want to take my word for it, check out Ken Rockwell's blog on this subject matter.

Olympus for life!...or at least for now :)

[email protected] (Ramin Bajoghli) Canon Nikon Olympus frame photographer photography photojournalism storytelling technology https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2012/4/proud-olympus Mon, 02 Apr 2012 10:00:00 GMT
Time-lapse Portraits https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2012/3/time-lapse-portraits


Checkout these *AMAZING* time-lapse portraits by paper artists Ryuta Lida & Nerhol (Yoshihisa Tanaka).  The portraits were taken over a three minute period. 

Read This Colossal's blog entry about the project and see the portraits.

[email protected] (Ramin Bajoghli) Nerhol Ryuta Lida Yoshihisa Tanaka fine art photography photography thiscolossal.com time-lapse portraits https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2012/3/time-lapse-portraits Fri, 30 Mar 2012 10:00:00 GMT
NATGEO - Search for the 'Next Great Storyteller' https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2012/3/natgeo---search-for-the-next-great-storyteller  

Deadline: March 31, 2012

"The Next Great Storyteller is a way for National Geographic Traveler and Matador to discover new talent while bringing important work from writers, photographers, and filmmakers in front of a large audience. The tight word counts (300 for blog, 700 for article) for written stories, and short length (5-photo / 3-min ) requirements for photo essay and video, make this contest all about the storyteller’s ability to move, entertain, inspire, and surprise readers in a short amount of time."


[email protected] (Ramin Bajoghli) Matador NATGEO National Geographic Traveler The Next Great Storyteller blogging competition filmmakers photography writer https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2012/3/natgeo---search-for-the-next-great-storyteller Wed, 28 Mar 2012 10:00:00 GMT
Holga https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2012/3/holga I was cleaning out my room the other day and I found my trusty plastic Holga camera that I had bought in 2008.  It was such a fun camera to play around with.  I've shared three photos from my Holga series.  Let me know what you guys think!


[email protected] (Ramin Bajoghli) GW Parkway Holga Washington, D.C. photography https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2012/3/holga Mon, 26 Mar 2012 10:00:00 GMT
2 Months Left Until My MCAT https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2012/3/2-months-mcat Going back to school after 5 years was hard.  Keeping up with undergrads who are fresh out of AP classes was challenging.  Having the discipline to study for my MCAT for 10+ hours a day...is daunting.  I spent my entire spring break at Bobst library studying with my good friend.  The evidence of two people trying to remember trigonometry and geometry from high school (circa 12 years ago) for physics is below...and yes, if you look closely you can see silly algebra mistakes : )


[email protected] (Ramin Bajoghli) Bobst Geometry MCAT NYU Trigonometry spring break https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2012/3/2-months-mcat Wed, 21 Mar 2012 10:00:00 GMT
Before & After https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2012/3/before-after


I took this photo back back in 2008.  Below is  the same location from a different angle in 2011.  Both pictures were taken just outside of Jerusalem, inside the West Bank Occupied Territories.  I could not take the photo from the same angle because it has been completely fenced off.


[email protected] (Ramin Bajoghli) Before & After Israel Palestine Travel West Bank https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2012/3/before-after Mon, 19 Mar 2012 10:30:00 GMT
Frida Kahlo: Her Photos https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2012/3/frida-kahlo-her-photos Frida Kahlo

Attn: DC area folks.  “Frida Kahlo: Her Photos,” through March 25 at the Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Information: 703-228-1855 or www.artisphere.com

Washington Post Online Gallery

[email protected] (Ramin Bajoghli) Arlington, VA Artisphere Frida Frida Kahlo Frida Kahlo: Her Photos photography https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2012/3/frida-kahlo-her-photos Fri, 16 Mar 2012 10:00:00 GMT
Tyler Hicks https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2012/3/tyler-hicks Free Syrian Army

Photo by: Tyler Hicks / NY Times

Images from the Free Syrian Army and besieged towns by Tyler Hicks, on his last assignment with Anthony Shadid.


[email protected] (Ramin Bajoghli) Anthony Shadid NYTimes Syria Tyler Hicks photo essay photography photojournalism https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2012/3/tyler-hicks Wed, 14 Mar 2012 10:00:00 GMT
Tim Hetherington https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2012/3/tim-hetherington If you are in NYC during the month of April (2012) please checkout the work of Tim Hetherington--a true gem in photojournalism--at the Yossi Milo Gallery.  Please see their press release, pasted below, and click on the link to the gallery's website.

Photograph by: Tim Hetherington


Yossi Milo Gallery Announces Exclusive Representation of The Estate of Tim Hetherington

Tim Hetherington, whose estate is now represented exclusively by Yossi Milo Gallery, photographed the experience of war from the perspective of the individual, mostly in West Africa and the Middle East. His film Restrepo, which he co-directed with Sebastian Junger about a platoon of soldiers in Afghanistan, was awarded the Grand Jury Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award in 2011 for Best Documentary Feature. Through his photographs, writing and films, Tim Hetherington gave us new ways to look at and think about human suffering. Tim was tragically killed on April 20, 2011 while covering the conflict in Libya.

Born in 1970 in Liverpool, Tim Hetherington studied literature at Oxford University, and Photojournalism at Cardiff University. Yossi Milo Gallery will present the first major exhibition of Tim Hetherington’s photographs in April 2012.

Source: http://www.yossimilo.com/exhibitions/2012-04-tim-hetherington/

[email protected] (Ramin Bajoghli) Tim Hetherington Yossi Milo Gallery photographer photography photojournalism https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2012/3/tim-hetherington Mon, 12 Mar 2012 10:00:00 GMT
Update - Documentary Project https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2012/3/update-documentary-project Post-Production

Post-production work is well under way.  We've completed the story-board and now are in full-fledge editing mode.  The picture is of me editing and the one below it is of my sister, the director of the project.  As a reminder, the documentary is about Iranian veterans who were exposed to chemical weapons during the Iran-Iraq war (1980-88).  More updates to come soon.

[email protected] (Ramin Bajoghli) Iran Iran-Iraq War chemical victims chemical weapons documentary film https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2012/3/update-documentary-project Fri, 09 Mar 2012 11:00:00 GMT
Gangs of Haiti - Photo Essay https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2012/3/gangs-of-haiti-photo-essay Photo by Paolo Marchetti

Check out Paolo Marchetti's amazing photo essay on The Daily Beat called Gangs of Port-au-Prince.

I think my next photo essay will also be in Haiti before the end of 2012.

[email protected] (Ramin Bajoghli) Gangs of Port-au-Prince Paolo Marchetti The Daily Beast photo essay https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2012/3/gangs-of-haiti-photo-essay Wed, 07 Mar 2012 11:00:00 GMT
Robert Fisk & War Correspondents https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2012/3/robert-fisk-war-correspondents  

Robert Fisk: The heroic myth and the uncomfortable truth of war reporting


This is an interesting viewpoint from a reporter who has covered many wars during his prolific career.  His basic thesis is that covering wars is not about the war itself or the war victims: it has become about the reporters who cover the war.  Fisk is voicing his opinion during a 3-week span where a number of journalist have died covering the Syrian uprising.

What are your thoughts on this article?

Article's subtitle: "Like other correspondents, Robert Fisk has risked his life to 'witness history".  But after almost four decades, he feels ambivalent towards his profession."

[email protected] (Ramin Bajoghli) Independent Robert Fisk journalism photojournalism war war correspondents war photographer https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2012/3/robert-fisk-war-correspondents Mon, 05 Mar 2012 11:00:00 GMT
Syria in Photos https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2012/3/syria-in-photos Syrian Uprising

I'm not sure who took the above picture or who the brave photographers are in the link below, but check out these amazing photos from Syria taken during the last week.


[email protected] (Ramin Bajoghli) Sacramento Bee Syria Syrian uprising photo essay photography photojournalism https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2012/3/syria-in-photos Fri, 02 Mar 2012 11:00:00 GMT
My Photography Philosophy & Cesare Zavattini https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2012/2/cesare-zavattini

"The true function of the cinema is not tell fables"

Cesare Zavattini is the acclaimed screenwriter of Victor De Sica's The Bicycle Thief.  Whenever I take my camera out to photograph subjects I am reminded of Zvattini's essay Some Ideas on Cinema.  Zavattini is a renaissance figure in the Italian Neorealism movement that occurred after the end of World War II.  When I am traveling to photograph people in their surroundings, I seldom take my camera out on the first or second day.  I spend time to observe.  I get acclimated with my surrounding because I am a guest in their community.  I interact with people.  I do not rush my camera out, pointing my lens in people's face for the sake of taking a photograph for an invented story.  Understanding my story and my subject's lives takes patience.  As Zavattini says, "life is not what is invested in "stories"; life is another matter.  To understand it involves a minute, unrelenting, and patience search."

A photography philosophy of mine is to capture the reality of my subjects.  In every story I have covered, every subject I have captured through my lens, and every short film I have directed and produced, I have attempted to tell a story without forcing conflicts on my subjects in order to advance a storyline.  I, like Zavattini, believe that stories do not need to be exaggerated and made into heroic tales of protagonists struggling against antagonists, instead, if observed closely, the daily activities of individuals reveal stories that garner a better understanding of human life and condition.


Hebron, West Bank.  August 2011


Stills from The Bicycle Thief:

[email protected] (Ramin Bajoghli) Italian Neorealism Neorealism The Bicycle Thief Victor de Sica philosophy photography https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2012/2/cesare-zavattini Wed, 29 Feb 2012 11:30:00 GMT
"Shoot Like a Painter, Think Like an Artist" - by Dan Ballard https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2012/2/shoot-like-a-painter-think-like-an-artist Probably one of the better blog posts I've read on photography...a must read!


Shoot Like a Painter, Think Like an Artist -- by Dan Ballard

[email protected] (Ramin Bajoghli) Dan Ballard Shoot like a painter, think like an artist Zenfolio blog https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2012/2/shoot-like-a-painter-think-like-an-artist Mon, 27 Feb 2012 11:30:00 GMT
Remi Ochlik - Award Winning Photojournalist Dead at 28 https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2012/2/remi-ochlik-award-winning-photojournalist-dead-at-28  

Remi Ochlik



[email protected] (Ramin Bajoghli) Remi Ochlik Syria photographer photography photojournalism https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2012/2/remi-ochlik-award-winning-photojournalist-dead-at-28 Sat, 25 Feb 2012 14:00:00 GMT
Weekend Reading - The New Yorker - Transfiguration https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2012/2/the-new-yorker-transfiguration

This photograph and the ensuing article in The New Yorker (February 13, 2012 issue) magazine is daunting.  It's an incredibly captured photo and the article is captivating.  It's about Dallas Wien receiving a face transplant in Boston.  If you have a chance please read this article.  Unfortunately, you have to be a subscriber to the magazine to read it online.

Article: Transfiguration: How Dallas Wiens found a new face.  By Raffi Khatchadourian

Photograph by Dan Winters

[email protected] (Ramin Bajoghli) Dan Winters Rafi Khatchadorian The New Yorker Weekend Reading face transplant photography https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2012/2/the-new-yorker-transfiguration Fri, 24 Feb 2012 20:30:00 GMT
Every World Press Photo Winner From 1955-2011 https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2012/2/world-press-photo-winners  

Every World Press Photo Winner From 1955-2011



I've copied and pasted 3 samples below from Francoise Demulder, James Natchwey, and Robin Moyer.  Check out the rest of the winners from the link above.




[email protected] (Ramin Bajoghli) Every World Press Photo Winner From 1955-2011 Francoise Demulder James Natchwey Photojournalism Robin Moyer world https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2012/2/world-press-photo-winners Fri, 24 Feb 2012 11:30:00 GMT
New Documentary Project https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2012/2/new-documentary-project In December 2011 I traveled to Iran to team-up with my sister who is directing a documentary about Iranian veterans who were exposed to chemical weapons during the Iran-Iraq war (1980-88).  I am one of the co-Executive Producers for the film as well as the Director of Photography.  We shot the film in about 2.5 weeks and are in the process of post-production work on the film.  Below is a screen shot from the editing process.  More details to come soon!


[email protected] (Ramin Bajoghli) documentary new project www.bajoghli.com https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2012/2/new-documentary-project Wed, 22 Feb 2012 11:30:00 GMT
How It All Started https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2012/2/how-it-all-started People always ask me how I got started in photography.  I have never received formal training in photography (or filmmaking for that matter).  I've learned from reading lots and lots of books and taking lots and lots of photos.  Right after I graduated from Boston University in 2006, I saved money to buy a beginner's DSLR.  Most people buy Canon or Nikon cameras...but not me.  I decided that before I invest in a heavy duty camera, I'm going to buy a beginner's camera and first learn the craft of photography (I use to have a bad habit of buying lots of electronics and thinking that I needed the right tools to be successful in anything).  I bought an Olympus E-Volt 500 DSLR on Amazon for around $500.  My very first photo essays-for a lack of a better word-sucked.  I was very disappointed...especially with my photos from South Africa:

My images were blurry.  The camera felt heavy and awkward in my hands.  I had no clue what the capabilities of the camera were.  I was very disappointed and I was about to quit photography all together.  However, I came across one photo from South Africa that I really felt had some potential.  It was enough to motivate me to become a student of photography.

Instead of taking classes I bought books.  Any book I found on Amazon.com I had to have.  I read them all and followed the lessons in each book.  To this day, I still use my "beginner's camera" as my main camera.  I have come to realize that it's not the type of camera you have that makes you a good photographer, it's your ability to frame objects and tell a story.

[email protected] (Ramin Bajoghli) Amazon.com South Africa beginner's camera beginning photographer photography https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2012/2/how-it-all-started Mon, 20 Feb 2012 11:00:00 GMT
iPhone 4s Photography https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2012/2/iphone-4s-photography "There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs."

-Ansel Adams


Who said you can't take good photographs with a mobile phone.  I dished out $300 (on a student budget) on the new iPhone 4s solely for the camera capabilities.  Below are two samples from November 2011 and December 2011.

NYC, November 2011


Iran, 2011

[email protected] (Ramin Bajoghli) Iran NYC New York City iPhone 4s Photography www.bajoghli.com https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2012/2/iphone-4s-photography Fri, 17 Feb 2012 19:30:52 GMT
First Blog Post https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2012/2/first-blog-post I've added a blog feature to my site in hopes of interacting with my clients and the rest of the web.  I will post recent photos, links to articles about photography and filmmaking, updates about my ongoing projects, and I will periodically blog about being a 28 year-old photographer and a premed student studying for my MCAT and applying for medical school.

Feel free to subscribe and leave comments.

[email protected] (Ramin Bajoghli) blog first blog post photographer premed student www.bajoghli.com https://www.bajoghli.com/blog/2012/2/first-blog-post Fri, 17 Feb 2012 19:12:08 GMT