Light Vision : A Book of Black and White Photographs
Switching from one art field (medicine) to another (photography) was easy for Mohamad J. Vajed, as both demand discipline and observation. His main focus in photography is light itself, and through careful study and evaluation of existing light, he has, like an alchemist, transformed simple and ordinary subjects into images of exquisite beauty. They provoke thought. A delicate balance of technique and artistry, experienced close up with adequate light, Mohamad's photographs become, in gray scale, a light symphony of the senses.
- Hardback | 109 pages
- 251 x 297 x 20mm | 1,157g
- 01 Mar 2009
- Regent Press
- Illustrations, black and white
Again to say, a great congradulation for your beautiful, very significant book. Surely it will come to receive the attention it deserves. You have made a real contribution to arts and thoughts. -- Daniel Ladinsky "Author of "The Gifts: Poems by Hafiz""
When life gives him lemons, Mohamad Vajed makes lemonade. This philosophy was illustrated when a friend bought him a gleaming new Nikon camera back in the early Seventies and it was stolen. "When I told my friend, he asked me, 'How many photographs did you take last year with that camera?'" Vajed smiles, recalling the exchange. "'Maybe one or two,' I answered. My friend said, 'Good, maybe the thief will put it to better use.' His comment made me think, so I bought another Nikon and began to actively take pictures. It turned out to be a good thing." Vajed moved to California from Iran in the late Sixties, which explains his colorful, melodious English. He used the episode of larceny to launch a satisfying love affair with photography that has now reached a climax in a book, Light Vision, featuring his distinctive photographs. Largely selftaught, Valed credits workshops with John Sexton and Henry Gilpin for giving him the encouragement to persevere. He studied books of the masters, in particular the series by Ansel Adams. Vajed also recalls attending lecture by John Wimberley in Berkeley in 1979. "I bought one of his photographs," Vajed remembers. "I was drawn to the intensity of his black and white. It was really the first time I saw a good black and a good white. I didn't know black and white could be so beautiful." Trained as a physician, Vajed was on call 24 hours a day. This required him to find subject matter close to home. At some point he saw a photograph of an oat shaft and suddenly realized the possibility of using weeds for his subject. "Nobody pays attention to these 'outcasts' of Nature," he says. "Something clicked in my mind. I saw lots of beauty in them. They are as beautiful as flowers. Actually, light is what I use for my subject. But I can't photograph just light. I have to pour it into a form." "I'm also very interested in the mystical, and especially the Sufi tradition of my homeland. The Sufis believe that the last stage of life is annihilation,