Samad Gorbanzade (Iran)
The works of Samad Gorbanzade reflect the inner side of the photographer and take us to a mysterious and gloomy atmosphere, where we are left alone with our presentiment and thoughts. Many photos of Samad depict a teenager, for whom time has stopped and now he is involved in a world of desires, fantasies, feelings and horror. The photographer places his hero in unfamiliar places and reflects the destruction and disappearance of the lost and forgotten world, which is just a wasteland and nothing more.
The author narrates about the state of his soul, reflects on the time space. "... The most sad songs people start to write when they are on the border of time, between heaven and earth, yesterday and today, with a cold smile on his face and a question in his head. Looking back at those events that occurred in the past, we fear with fear events that will occur in the future. " Does Samad Gorbanzade suffer from sleepwalking? Or is it just his day's wanderings, what came of turbulent dreams that do not allow them to leave? His works represent his soul, which carries us to a mysterious and incomprehensible mind, and they leave us there, with oppressive fears. The main personality in many of his photographs is a teenager whose time has stopped, he has not become more mature, and this is due to the load of desires, imagination, feeling and cruelty.
Simple photos with small details, simple lines, without twisting and their connection with visual games, its mysterious mind literally force the viewer to accept and understand them. The photos do not belong to the same period of time, neither the past nor the future, but at the same time they look like the remains of what humanity destroys - their memories, and they in turn easily return the past to people, and impose the transience of human values, and then outside of time and place, they make you fall into the trap of fear, which is a punishment for shameless sin, and is for you the same as for the majority - the fear of falling into the dark ravines of time. The masterful presentation of his works, which the public perceives so close to reality, being confident that they are examples, causes them (the public) to come closer to the subjective and material reality, which is like a pendulum between sleeping and real shocks.