Path to Sleep
When I came to Tehran from Mashhad (2016), Talavang Egg Company signed a contract with me on content creation of industrial photography and video. Industrial photography studio was located in Nasirshahr factory between Tehran and Robat Karim. One winter day, on the way back to Tehran, a conversation broke out between me and a factory worker, and it ended soon enough! It started where I didn’t get my monthly egg quota for not being familiar with a set of rules. He handed me the eggs in a plastic bag. Then he pulled the minibus’s curtain and closed his eyes.
Before he went to sleep, I asked, “Do you always sleep while passing this road like everyone else?” As his eyes were closed, he answered, “This road, to the city itself, is full of trash. It is not Tehran-Chalous road where I wouldn’t like to sleep to watch the scenery. There is nothing interesting, it’s depressing.”
After a few minutes, he opened his eyes and said, “What are you taking picture of? ” I was a little embarrassed and brought my camera down. After a few moments of silence, he continued, “You have to get some sleep in some paths. Don’t think that it is close to Tehran, there’s no living soul here!”
In the next few days, I also tried to sleep this close distance, but I couldn’t. Eventually, I decided to put aside the minibus curtain and take photo of the depression behind the glass in order to understand why all workers sleep this path (home to factory and vice versa).