• The Wes Anderson Formula

    Wes Anderson’s multi-layered and multi-faceted feature films continue to garner a massive fan base. Since 1996, with the release of Bottle Rocket, he’s moved from madcap independent cinema to Technicolor mainstream without negating his trademark collection of quirks in the process.
  • The Shahnameh: Epic of the Persian Kings by Ferdowsi

    It’s said that if you’re English you must know at least one work by Shakespeare, to be Scottish you must know at least one poem by Robert Burns, and to be Persian you must know at least one tale from Ferdowsi, or to give him his full name Hakim Abu ʾl-Qasim Ferdowsi Tusi. For those of you who don’t know, Ferdowsi is one of Iran’s most treasured, revered and influential poets to have ever lived.
  • The Return of the Dandy

    It’s difficult to define dandyism; it’s a style which has come back time and again in various cultures. Some of you reading this may think of the “New Romantics” the likes of Adam Ant and Duran Duran, others might think of King George III’s son George the Prince Regent. You’re right in thinking these men and pop culture movements define the word dandy, but dandyism is something that has many definitions.
  • The Art of Wrestling

    As one of the oldest and most diverse masculine sports, wrestling has taken on many forms since it was first cultivated back in the early days of human civilisation. Today, many of us think of wrestling as a fixed sport, more theatre than actual man-to-man combat. However, the grandiose, ridiculous and money grabbing play acting of WWE et al is only a tiny part of the rich and ancient traditions of wrestling.
  • Top 10 Greatest Artists of All Time

    They’re 10 artists who changed the way we see art, each became the kings of their respective movements, spurning conformity and broadening the philosophy of aesthetics in the process. These 10 masters cross various countries, cultures and civilisations, yet all of them possessed the same aim, which was to achieve beauty in its many forms.
  • The Masters of Persian Painting

    Recently, I picked up a book, published by Batsford London in 1947, the book was titled ‘Persian Paintings’ and inside were 12 colour plates depicting Persian art, ranging from the time of the Safavid’s to the Qajar’s, this was no academic tome either, it was meant for the masses. It struck me then that Europe has had a long love affair with Persian art.

Ben Mirza is a freelance blogger, editor, photographer and designer. As a blogger he focuses his attentions on art, design, books, film and music, ranging from reviews to essays. His writing has been published in numerous magazines across the world, such as The News Hub, Hello, The Untitled Magazine, Iran Review and Les Persiennes, amongst others.

Ben is well versed in multimedia storytelling, working with the French radio station Nova Planet in 2010, creating video reports, articles and photographic essays etc. He continues to create and produce audio-visual content for various media outlets.

In 2014, Ben launched Mirza Creation, offering a selection of photography, web and editorial services. Also, mixing his passions for nature and design, in 2015 Ben launched The Merchant Gardeners, offering landscape gardening and clearance services across Sussex and Hampshire.

Ben is a passionate creative, with a broad skill set. Possessing the knowledge and ability to create exceptional content.

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