The images are part of a series of photographs that I have taken over the past two years at various beaches and state parks in Staten Island. Utilizing black and white, I was able to create wistful and romantic images that capture the essence of the environment, and the ambiguity that lies ahead. The title, We Are Too Dull-eyed to See that Beauty, is an excerpt from the poem Zen Circle by the Persian poet, Rumi, and is the inspiration behind these images. The ethereal, uncertain beauty described in Zen Circle is in some ways akin to Staten Island’s precarious natural landscape.
Zahra Pars was born in Tehran, Iran, and raised in the United States. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Berkeley, where she studied photography under Lewis Watts and painting under John Zurier, Katherine Sherwood, and Mary Lovelace O’Neal. Pars also pursued graduate studies in art history at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University.
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We Are Too Dull-Eyed to See That Beauty
Featuring: Zahra Pars
Curated by: Victoria Munro
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