17 Apr 2016
El-Goli Pars hotel. Sunset. We’re here for two nights, enjoying this modern tourist hotel in a green area away from the busy centre. “I’d like to know what the Tehran Times thinks of Donald Trump,” mused Bruce, our tour leader.
That gave me an idea, and my wife and I had a little fun in the lobby, getting the Iranian flavour just right.
We headed for the elevator – a glass-walled affair that made the most of the hilltop views – and Bruce said to the dozen or so in his group, “That’s a lovely sight!”
He gestured at the level sunlight chopping up a mountain into arresting planes and shadows. He confessed later that he’d been hoping that one or two would leave the crowded elevator to admire the view, but no, I was determined to race up to my room to seize my camera and the moment.
Which I did as soon as I could wedge my way out when the elevator reached my floor.
So glad I did. I love this photo, the bare slopes rising above the dusky apartment blocks, crowned in snow and sunlight.
We line up for the iconic shots of the Taj Mahal or the Eiffel Tower, but so often the best images come by chance.