A stunning view of the mountain ranges from the middle of a highway in Zagros Mountain.
A stunning view of the mountain ranges from the middle of a highway in Zagros Mountain.
A stunning view of the Zagros Mountains region, This photo was taken on the way from Isfahan into Chelgard.

Iran is a controversial travel destination. On the one hand, it is a place famous for its rich history, fantastic heritage, beautiful landscapes, and friendly people. Then on the other, it was perhaps one of the most under-appreciated travel destinations due to political issues, economic sanctions, and the impact from the outbreak of COVID19.

With the looming uncertainty of international travel ahead of us, the decision to select Iran as my career break destination was perhaps one of the best things I had ever done over the years. And it will probably remain so for many months ahead.

And the best part of the whole journey is the road trip in the Zagros Mountains. …


A typical morning inside the Inner Market of Tsukuji at of the wholesaler shop.
A typical morning inside the Inner Market of Tsukuji at of the wholesaler shop.
The Inner Market of Tsukiji, a gigantic place where 900 licensed dealers operated and tuna fish auctioned, was a place celebrated by chefs, food lovers, and photographers. It was closed on October 6, 2018, and relocated to Toyosu. The Outer Market of Tsukiji remained unaffected.

Early morning. December 2016. Tokyo.

My camera, my best friend, and a disappearing landmark.

Recalling this forty-months old journey, to my surprise, is without any difficulties. As a Hong Kong-based photographer, 2016 was a good year; no mask, no virus, no excessive injustice. And for me, I had this chance to visit the famous “Japan’s Kitchen” with my best friend, and captured photos about the Inner Market of Tsukiji before its relocation to Toyosu happened.

The Tsukiji Fish Market, first opened on 11 February 1935, was situated in central Tokyo between the Sumida River and Ginza shopping district. It was famous for both the quality of its merchandise and the size of the location. …


The seemingly infinite arch under the Si-o-se-pol Bridge.
The seemingly infinite arch under the Si-o-se-pol Bridge.
It is incredibly busy around, over and under the bridge, especially in this particular hot spot for a selfie with this seemingly infinite arches.

After a night serenity in an ancient Iranian caravan serai in the Maranjab desert, Hossein, my driver/guide, drove us 300 kilometers southbound and arrived in the gorgeous city of Isfahan. It was eight in the evening, and we were both hungry and exhausted. However, Hossein insisted on taking me to the Allahverdi Khan Bridge, popularly known as Si-o-se-pol or the bridge of Thirty-Three Spans.

After a few long exposure shots, Hossein was already napping behind me, and I did the right thing to check-in to the hotel asap. He required a night of rest.

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Anthony Lau Photography

Anthony is an award-winning photographer based in Hong Kong. His clients include World's leading brand like AIA, Asus, Genting, National Geographic and Sony.

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