Born in Iran, Nasser moved to the United States at the age of 16. After completing an MBA, he gravitated to acting, and formed a City Theater group with a band of other local actors. For over a decade, he acted in and directed many plays in the Cambridge and Boston area. Nasser is a self-trained visual artist who has made visual art his main artistic concentration in recent years.
Nasser welcomes opportunities to experiment by exploring subjects, situations and potentialities. His work is personal; voice of his social values, belief and interest in community and society at large.
Currently Nasser is working on Urban Life in Brooklyn – Places, culture and people. He brings a theatrical tension to his work and compares his self-expression in photography to creating in theater. “The photographer sees the outer world through the viewfinder and the actor through the eyes of his character. Directing demands scene composition by relating subjects, objects and spaces, similar to photo composition.”
Images are from Nasser's Trees Grow and Fall Project.
Trees Grow and Fall
Trees are very generous. They give shade, clean air, and beauty to any landscape. When harvested, we use their wood to build homes, make furniture, pencils, paper, and other useful items, and, in return, trees ask for nothing. It seems to me that society takes this generosity for granted. Are we acting responsibly with this precious natural resource?
Trees Grow and Fall is a documentary multimedia project that shows the way urbanization has marginalized trees and questions the social impact of deforestation. My interest in this topic began after looking closely at a group of photographs I’d taken in Brooklyn. These photos jumped out at me, beckoning to be heard. They depicted trees being pushed back by newly built structures; some were fenced out like prisoners; others were replaced by electric poles made with their own corpses.
In the forest, trees rise majestically as the world’s sentinels of life, goodness, and clean air. In the city, packed with cars, people, and buses, trees become hindrances to progress, nuisances to be eliminated. Does it have to be this way? Can’t trees and people co-exist?
This documentary raises many important social questions, not the least of which, what effects will deforestation have upon society, as well as on each of us?