18th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Altered Images
Mourning for the Father

Today, we constantly witness conflicts across the world, with the media spotlighting the loss of thousands of soldiers and civilians during war. However, we are rarely informed on the survivors' destinies. These contemplations have urged me to start a project to shed light on these events and reflect the grand suffering of war survivors. My photographs have been inspired by the works of Renaissance and Romantic painters, and this can be seen in the classical lighting techniques and pictorial editing of the works. In addition, the black veil on the model signifies the spiritual aspect of the photograph, symbolizing the catharsis born out of a plethora of grief and agony.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 02.2017
Date Uploaded: 09.2020
Photo Location: Mashhad, Iran
Camera: NIKON D810
Copyright: © Mohammad Sorkhabi