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War-Torn Perseverance Photography

This Surreal Wartime Photo Series Captures the Lives of a Couple

— July 15, 2014 — Art & Design
In this surreal wartime photo series, photographer Gohar Dashti does a beautiful job portraying how tough life is in war-torn countries and how people living there have to go about their normal days in the midst of chaos.

The photographer draws from her own personal experience of living through the eight-year-long Iran-Iraq war for her photo series 'Today’s Life and War.' In the striking wartime photo series, Dashi photographs a couple trying to make it through and persevering to survive a war and keep up with their daily life. The series captures the couple going through normal tasks like having a meal together and hanging their laundry out to dry -- but unlike normal life, the images are set amidst barbed wires, armed soldiers and army tanks.

“In a fictionalized battlefield, I show a couple in a series of everyday activities… Though they do not visibly express emotion, the man and woman embody the power of perseverance, determination and survival,” says Dashti.
Trend Themes
1. War-torn Photography - Taking an artistic and surreal look at the everyday life of war-torn countries and their inhabitants creates a unique representation of the struggles of the people living there.
2. Personal Experience-based Art - Creating art based on personal experiences and struggles in life can provide a unique perspective on any subject.
3. Warzone Resilience - Showing resilience and perseverance in the face of difficulties is a powerful message that can be conveyed through artistic expression.
Industry Implications
1. Art and Photography - The creative industry can unlock the potential to inspire social and political change through powerful imagery.
2. Journalism and Media - Artistic depictions of struggling populations can raise awareness and promote change by broadcasting the stories of the people affected.
3. Social Activism and Non-profits - Telling the stories of war-torn individuals can create empathy and drive social change to help those in need.
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