The Emotion of Architecture – Photography by Behrouz Riahi

The talent of Behrouz Riahi – better known by his alias “Zardo” – is instantly recognized. His use of distorted perspectives and vertical compositions instantly draw your attention to his hauntingly beautiful work that is rarely seen in architectural photography. When combined with his incredible tonal range and suspenseful color palatte, he is able to create the perfect atmosphere that is reminiscent of a Tim Burton film. Behrouz is one of my most favorite photographers, and I am honored to share his work with the Photography Blogger community.


When asked to describe his work, Behrouz said the following:

“Behind Zardo, my real name is Behrouz Riahi. I’m born in 1985. I am Belgian and I live in Bruxelles. I am a Psychologist. I really began photography when I was 19 years old and have pursued it actively for 7 years. Before taking pictures I liked writing some dark poetry. The problem was that illustrating my thoughts only with words soon became too restricted. I wanted to show how I saw the world. It is why I began with photomanipulation before photography. But the problem with photomanipulation is the fact that it is not real. With photos and the technique I use, I found the way to show the world as I see it.


I am a self-taught person as far as photography is concerned. When I see a really good photo I wonder how it was made and how I could make it myself. To take my photos, I like going to the old part of cities and to places with stunning landscapes where there is nobody. Everywhere I go, I take my camera with me. Firstly, for me, the ideal place is deserted. I hate having people on my photos. It is one of the most difficult parts of the job. Secondly, it has to contain some old buildings with a Gothic architectural style. And finally, there should be a tormented sky where clouds are tempestuous. Maybe one day, I will find the perfect conditions. But does perfection really exist?


I have been influenced by a lot of artists in various ways. The movies by Tim Burton and the beauty of his images is one of them. I am also influenced by the great imagination of two Belgian painters: Magritte and Delvaux. The surrealistic look of their paintings always makes me dream.

As a conclusion, I would like to say that photography is a way for me to leave a world and live in another. When I take my photographs, time stops. There is nobody with me. Photography is a method for me to share with others what is inside me. It is a pleasure to take them and then to share them.”



You can view more of Behrouz’s work on his portfolio site, and follow him on Facebook. He is also one of the most well-known photographers on deviantART, with an enormous following.

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  1. Ole

    Fantastic fotos Great work

  2. Dan Galman

    Wow! Mad genius!

  3. Angela

    Stunning images, they give a beautiful effect, emotional indeed.

  4. maria thereza de barros camargo

    your photos are stupendous. I would love to see them showing peace coming from you and lightening the photos with your love. Run away from shadows and darkness. Only light can bring love and good, for you and to those wiith you..
    Nobody learns how to love because we are love. We can only practice it loving another. I wish you learn who you are.

    Love you much, so I can learn to love myself better each time,

    Maria Thereza
    from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

  5. James Terfone

    Wow, great work; I love the tone you have here. What kind of equipment do you use? How much do you do in post?

  6. giti yekkalam

    Dear Mr. Riahi
    I think this is the first time for me to comment for such nice ,great ,beautiful ,peaceful ,photos .
    May be you could penetrate inside me .I understood your feeling .You show love ,light ,sadness,cry,God ,delicate,cold wind ,strange feeling,warm heart ,..
    I cried when I was watching them .

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