This week’s photo challenge – What do you think of when you think of the word, “prolific”? Maybe the plethora of dandelions sprouting in your neighborhood might fit. If you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, it might be the leaves falling from the trees. Your response need not be one based in nature — let your imagination fuel your camera.
I’ve decided to share some photos I took of a mirror mosaic which was on display in the GOMA, Brisbane back in 2016. It was so beautiful; named Lightning for Neda, the 4000 plus mirror shards in each panel activate myriad patterns.
Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian’s mirror mosaic draws on an Iranian decorative technique known as aineh-kari, which uses pieces of broken mirror and dates back to the sixteenth century. The six sides of the hexagon, which provide the underlying structure, are expanded and elaborately rendered. The hexagon is an important shape within Islamic geometry, and also has mystical connotations, representing the six directions (up, down, forward, backward, left, right) as well as the six virtues of generosity, self-discipline, patience, determination, insight and compassion. The work’s title pays homage to Neda Agha Soltan, a 27-year-old Iranian woman killed in the streets of Tehran during protests that followed the 12 June 2009 presidential elections.
You can view the work in its entirety here