photography

Daryoush Bahar

Bio: 
I have been actively drawing, painting, and creating art for the past 33 years. My inspiration in creating art was partly a mental reaction to dealing with the political circumstances of 1979 Iranian revolution and leaving Iran prematurely at age of 11 to attend boarding school in Hastings, England. The other underlying reason for my inspiration for creating art was tied to understanding why I was here on this earth and what was my purpose in living. After attending 4 years of boarding school in England, I came to the United States. I completed BSc in Chemical Engineering, MSc in Civil Engineering, and recently finished my Juris Doctor degree in Law. During all the years I continued to draw and paint actively, showing at galleries in Sacramento, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. I work with mixed media including pen and ink, acrylic, and oils. I have also worked with plaster and ceramics. In 2008, I started the ATUSSA Clothing label (www.atussa.com) that was based on my pen and ink work. My vision was that art belongs to the masses and when art is worn, the person becomes a walking, breathing, living canvas. The name ATUSSA was based on the Persian Queen Atussa (Daughter of Cyrus, wife of Darius, and mother of Xerxes) for her leadership, strength, and command of the Persian empire during the absence of the King. Today, Atussa has grown in many dimensions and ATUSSA stands for “A True Understanding of Seductively Sexy Art”. It has become a platform of a select group of artist to showcase their art and talent. The clothing label is divided into the Express line featuring my original pen and inks printed on clothing garments, and the Couture line featuring one-of-a-kind clothing garments that are hand-made, hand-drawn, and hand- stitched with chain-mail and other art forms. Today we are one of San Francisco’s leading independent fashion designers with our signature style participating in numerous fashion shows and have an ongoing virtual store (www.atussastore.com). I have been successfully performing live art for the past 2 years at events for entertainment, cultural, political, and humanitarian organizations. I never plan any piece that I start and the art is inspired by the theme or cause, music, and the energy at the event. The pieces are usually sold at the venue or donated to the cause. My style has evolved over the 3 decades of my artistic expression and my latest style is a combination of pen and ink with acrylic and oils. The inspiration for my art today is my thirst for life, my active lifestyle, and a continuing spiritual journey. I have been teaching indoor cycle for the last 3 years and love inspiring people to be more active, healthy, and confident in themselves. I completed my first Ironman 70.3 event (triathlon-1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, and 13.2 mile run) this year in California and I am training for the Kona World Championship Ironman in 2012.
Course of Life
Area(s) of Interest: 
art
Fashion
photography
Acting
Sculpture
Engineering
bridge design
Law
Education: 
BSc Chemical Engineering; Msc Civil Engineering; JD LAW
Mentors and Inspiration: 
Andy Warhol
Picasso
cravaggio
Dali
Ann Rice
James Redfield
Ekhart Tolle
Mooji
JK Rowling
Pearl Buck
Hermann Hess
J.R.R. Tolkien
Voltaire
Descarte
Location
City or Town: 
San Francisco Bay Area
State or Province: 
CA
Country: 
United States

kombizz

Bio: 
I was born and brought up in Iran, a beautiful country that is full of history. I started taking photos at an early age of my life with a Lubitel, a Russian twin lenses camera. Most of my photos in those days were black and white. It was a very nice camera that my parents gave me when I was 15 years old. I always loved to see images. I remember that I would spend time in the library for hours and hours looking at the different photos in Life Magazine, National Geographic and other photographic journals and books. Also I always loved nature, and the different patterns made in it. I remember because of my Entomology studies, I would spend hours in the laboratory looking into microscopes at those beautiful and perfect structures that God created in those different tiny flowers, plants, tiny nematods, animals and insects. Then after I finished university in Iran, I left to do on my M.Sc. in California, the Golden State. There I was witness to even more of the beauties that nature held in each different moments of time. I remember I was always walking and trying to absorb all the scenes in my mind and memory as well as recording them on film. I forgot to say that I received another precious gift from my parents. That was a Canon camera with a fixed lense (G-III QL17). Then after I finished my studies, I returned to Iran for work. I consider myself an artist photographer. At present I have a lovely Minolta Dynax 7, Mamiya 7 II with few lenses. I still love and adore nature and all aspects of it. As a result I love macro photography, landscape, architecture (old and new), and many other categories like artistic abstracts, travel, people, fashion, and photo journalism. In February 2008, I was delighted to be one of the Amateur UK Photographers short-listed in the Sony World Photography Competition Cannes 2008. In March 2009, I was conferred the title of Nominee in Abstract by the Photography Masters Cup International Color Awards in America. In February 2010, I received news that my image is published in the premier issue of The Photo Paper magazine launched by World Photographic Arts. I have a vast numbers of printed photos, slides and thousands of negatives which all are archived in many folders. I love to share my observations through my photos with those people who love and appreciate. http://www.flickr.com/photos/kombizz/
Course of Life
Area(s) of Expertise: 
art photography
Area(s) of Interest: 
photography
Mentors and Inspiration: 
nature
Location
Country: 
United States

ellie

Bio: 
I am currently a free-lance Graphic Design student at the Art Institute of California,Los Angeles who focus's on branding and Corporate Identities. I also have experienced in web and film production.
Course of Life
Area(s) of Expertise: 
graphic design
Area(s) of Interest: 
print production
photography
Film
animation
and Mixed Media
film production
Location
City or Town: 
Los Anagels
State or Province: 
CA
Country: 
United States

Nazanin Shirazi

Course of Life
Area(s) of Expertise: 
directing
Area(s) of Interest: 
Directing
painting
photography
production design
Education: 
McGill University
The University of Texas at Austin
Location
City or Town: 
AUSTIN
State or Province: 
Texas

Cyrus Omoomian

Course of Life
Area(s) of Expertise: 
directing
Area(s) of Interest: 
filmmaking
photography
poetry
Education: 
eARTh
Mentors and Inspiration: 
Sadegh Hedayat
Khayam
Beizaie
Kubrick
Fellini
Waters
Location
City or Town: 
San Francisco
State or Province: 
CA
Country: 
United States

Ms.Independent

Bio: 
An Iranian girl full of passion for cinema.Love to follow her true passion "Acting".Cinematography,(writing stories and poems in farsi)count as my passions too.I've acted in a movie (my first), which is going to come out in a little while.
Course of Life
Area(s) of Interest: 
Acting
photography
Script Writing
film and cinema
Education: 
High school diploma
Location
City or Town: 
Los Angeles California
State or Province: 
california
Country: 
United States

Kouroush Mousavi

Course of Life
Area(s) of Expertise: 
clothing
photography
calligraphy
ceramics
graphic design
sculpture
Area(s) of Interest: 
Fashion
music
photography
Sculpting
Education: 
BA in Civil Engineering
Mentors and Inspiration: 
Ali Akbar Sadeghi
Location
City or Town: 
Los Angeles / Tehran
State or Province: 
california
Country: 
United States

Leila Farjami

Bio: 
Iranian poet and translator
Course of Life
Area(s) of Expertise: 
poetry
Area(s) of Interest: 
poetry
Film
photography
Education: 
child and family psychotherapis

Banafsheh-Violet Modaressi

Course of Life
Area(s) of Expertise: 
cinematic arts
Area(s) of Interest: 
photography
Visual Arts
Cineam
Education: 
Phd in Art Plastique
Mentors and Inspiration: 
Abbas Kiarostami
Location
City or Town: 
Vancouver
State or Province: 
BC
Country: 
Canada

Mohammad

Course of Life
Area(s) of Expertise: 
cinematic arts
Area(s) of Interest: 
Directing
Writing
Editing
Video-graphing
photography
Education: 
B.A in Filmmaking (Directing)
Location
City or Town: 
Santa Monica
State or Province: 
california
Country: 
United States
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