This body of work focuses on a diverse set of people at their daily jobs. Most of them are in the lower working class, and struggle with social, political, and economical issues to make their ends meet, yet they always do. I find it both fascinating, and heartbreaking to be a witness to their work-life journey, but most of all, I can somehow relate to each and every one of them in one form or another, whether it be on a small scale or large. In the end, we are all trying to survive our monthly expenses.
It has always been a struggle for me to explain myself, who I truly am, and how I should or shouldn’t act in culturally diverse situations. Occasionally I feel confused, proud, and even awkward about how to deal with the differences of my two halves. Am I Iranian? Am I American? Should I be Muslim from my father or Jewish from my mother? Such thoughts and issues are what puzzle me as to which behavior would be most appropriate. I feel that maybe these photographs will answer some questions. Questions people might have, or even questions I have for myself as a person who has lived biculturally and bilingually my whole life.
In each image I’ve incorporated myself twice, once as the Iranian and once as the American. In some of my images I see conflict and in others, harmony between my two selves. This exploration is a growing one and much more work will follow.