Shab Khosh (meaning Goodnight) is the name of series of photos that we sign off with on weeknights. The photos in this series are submitted by our readers and correspond to specific themes that we announce periodically. This has been a very rewarding journey for all of us, and we encourage you to explore #ShabKhosh on Instagram to view all the photos we’ve featured so far.
Over the past three months, The Tehran Times’ Good Night series focused on bumper stickers seen on the backs of cars which
were plying the streets in Iran.
Each sticker carried a unique message. Some played on world-famous Persian poems or proverbs and spiced them up with an ironic twist or a witty tone.
From family, love and relationships to money and financial status the messages were quite diverse and incorporated themes with which all of us are closely familiar and must deal with in everyday life.
Reading a sticker that says “Don’t honk! The driver’s sleeping,” or “If only her gaze came with a subtitle” on the back of a car while idling sitting in your own car during the unbearable heavy evening traffic is sure to put a smile on your face—if only for a few seconds. Humor is, in any case, a vital element which helps us cope with life’s difficulties.
The collection was met with mixed reactions, receiving criticism on the grounds that the images weren’t visually pleasing. It is necessary to note that the aesthetic aspect of the images were not our main focus.
We live in a time where new visions are cherished and training an analytical eye is a must. It is upon us to scrutinize the underlying social and philosophical notions within such elements of pop culture and what they tell us about our society; and this is precisely the type of dialogue we promote among our readers.
Fortunately, the era when an author would dictate to his or her audience how to approach or interpret a certain type of work is long gone and over. We welcome varied viewpoints for we believe that diversity of thought stands testament to a healthy and proactive community.