Compositional Studies

2002 - 2005

Series of 145


The study of compositions and form in architecture and urban landscape creates a basis for the photographic representation of our environment in the aesthetic manner. Reducing the perceived reality to surfaces and lines on the basis of mathematical proportions, which is also the basis for the creation of architecture itself, is perhaps the first form of abstraction. The juxtaposition in which these proportions are set, in combination with other content-related elements of an image, function as the essential carrier of emotions, which an artist can thus convey via the path of visual perception.

Understanding and experimenting with these elements has sharpened Reza Nadji's sense and sensitivity to visual image design since the beginning of his career, and can be seen in ever-evolving form as the foundation of all his work. These studies were mainly conducted on various trips outside of the rhythm of every day life when the artist was more sensitiv toward underlying emotions finding ways to being discovered and brought to the surface.


Today many of the images seem almost autobiographical to the artist himself not being aware of this fact when he was was creating them in his early 20s and showing topics of emotional departure and travel with a longing for arrival and clarification.