Hills, hairpins, harmonies: On the road in Iranian Kurdistan
12:56 AM EST, Thu January 22, 2015
Prayers in the water —
A Sunni man prays in a river in the Hawraman Valley, a predominantly Kurdish area that extends into northern Iraq.
A walk by a stream —
In the Howraman Valley, traditional dress for women is often vividly colored, with yellow, orange and red fabrics featured prominently in Kurdish towns and villages.
Dancing by the lake —
Kurdish Iranians dance near Lake Zarivar in Marivan, a city close to the Iran-Iraq border.
Mountain border —
The region between the capital of Iran's Kurdish heartland, Sanandaj, and Iraq becomes increasingly mountainous near the border between the two countries. The area is a known hotspot for smuggling and the road leading to the border contains multiple police checkpoints.
Tea with sugar —
Tea time in the hillside village of Howraman-at-Takht. Tea in Iran is traditionally served black and sipped through a sugar cube held between the front teeth.
Outdoor cinema —
In summer, hundreds of people come to see films projected onto the 27-meter-wide screen at Abidar Open Air Cinema in Sanandaj.
Mosque crowd —
Men leave the main mosque in Sanandaj after Friday prayers.
Mountain road —
The road leading from Howraman-at-Takht village down into the valley is filled with treacherous turns.
Picnic spot —
During Nowruz, the Iranian New Year, families gather in the hills outside Sanandaj to enjoy picnics.