Marjan Yazdi is an Iranian-Canadian freelance documentary photographer. She has received her degree in professional photo-imaging at Langara College, Vancouver, Canada. Upon her graduation, she returned to Iran to pursue a professional career as a...
Abbas and Mohammad Ali in the mountains tracking a poacher. They patrol the area they used to poach there for years. Every single of these men agree on one thing. They believe, poaching brought bad luck for them
Morteza smoking cigarette while in the heights of Masjed Mountains protected area. Morteza started poaching as a teenager along with his brothers. After almost loosing his son in an accident he stoped poaching since then. Poaching was taking him to a big “black hole” as he says
From Poachers to Protectors is a series of photos featuring a group of men who have made a positive impact on the environment. They have achieved this by changing their ways from destructive killers taking their prey, to the heroes of wildlife and its natural habitat. These people were all born and raised in families for which poaching was a way of life. As they grew into men, the habit turned into an addiction. They became the culprits for the decrease in populations of the animals that they hunted and caught in the mountains that surrounded their village. Each of these men had experienced difficult times in their lives, but, gradually, they came to realize that the cause of their unhappiness was their own poaching. With this realization, they began to seek redress for the damage that they had done to their environment. They stopped poaching and began to protect the wildlife that was indigenous to the mountains that were their home. Now, they connect with mother nature with hearts full of regret, but with hope for the future and a love for their land and its animals that strengthens their determination to both nurture and protect it.