The Mesmerizing Architecture of Mosques
December 5, 2014 11:59 AM   Subscribe

The Mesmerizing Architecture of Mosques "Iranian photographer Mohammad Reza Domiri gives us an opportunity to see the entirety of these incredible spaces all at once. His fully panoramic, expansive photographs of centuries-old mosques reveal the genius of their geometries and complexity. The effect is dizzying in a different way, like some kind of fractalized religious hallucination."
posted by dhruva (13 comments total) 44 users marked this as a favorite
posted by eggkeeper at 12:24 PM on December 5, 2014

Some of them are nicely Escher-like.
posted by aught at 1:28 PM on December 5, 2014

Invisible Green Time-Lapse Poleton: Did google do a good job when it gave this as a translation?
posted by el io at 1:29 PM on December 5, 2014

Hooey, that last one is especially nice. I bet these'd make great poster-size prints.
posted by echo target at 1:58 PM on December 5, 2014

Gorgeous! Thanks dhruva.
posted by Hash at 2:44 PM on December 5, 2014

Like, wow, man.

Thanks for these!
posted by etherist at 3:33 PM on December 5, 2014

Also, his web page says to contact him if you want to buy higher resolution files or prints.
posted by etherist at 3:33 PM on December 5, 2014

posted by jim in austin at 5:04 PM on December 5, 2014 [1 favorite]

Absolutely beautiful! Strangely, the pictures are inexplicably triggering some mild trypophobia for me.
posted by sblom at 8:07 PM on December 5, 2014

Gorgeous! When I was in Turkey I visited all the Sinan mosques I could, and was blown away by the construction and ornamentation. For whatever reason, though, my favorite was the much simpler Green Mosque in Bursa. I've rarely had such a strong feeling of peace and... rootedness?... from a building.

Great post, thanks!
posted by languagehat at 6:28 AM on December 6, 2014

I believe is Mohammad Reza Domiri Ganji's own site.
posted by Rash at 8:41 AM on December 6, 2014 [1 favorite]

posted by benito.strauss at 3:27 PM on December 6, 2014

Studying art history, I found the reasoning behind these designs fascinating. In Christian history, you see all this art of Jesus and various scenes from the bible and all the icons and such. Essentially, the muslim faith insists that there should be no representational art in the place of worship. So the artists say, how about incredibly detailed geometric patterns?

That's what I love about art and design, one constraint can create an explosion of unique creativity.
posted by buriednexttoyou at 2:29 AM on December 7, 2014 [2 favorites]

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