Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Dignity - Portrait from Hamedan

While walking in the back alleys of the traditional bazaar (market place) of Hamedan, I saw this old man just standing near a wall. I asked him if I can take a photo of him and with a faint movement of head he responded positively. After taking the photo I asked him how old was he and he responded 90. Then he said, "Whenever you say your prayers, pray for my death". I was shocked, so I asked him why. He, with his tired and old voice, said that he cannot bear a life without dignity anymore. This conversation deeply affected me so I had to post this photo and this conversation here.

Unfortunately poverty affects many people around the world. It is really sad to see people who lived a life with dignity, never asked for money from anyone and always worked honestly, falling to poverty because of economical problems and high inflation. 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Selling citron in Iran

Iran - Selling citron in the old bazaar of Hamedan.The shop keeper was shouting "buy jam for your father" as a joke and reference to an Iranian comedy TV show. Citron is used in Hamedan and some other cities of Iran to make jam. Traditional bazaar of Hamedan is mostly closed due to Nowruz (Iranian new year) holidays. Almost only the fruit merchants were open for business.

Monday, March 3, 2014

From "The Distances Between Us"

I have been super busy in the past few months with my university work and now that a major exam is done I hopefully can go back to regular work and taking photos. This photo is part of the distances between us project that I have been working on for a while. In the past 6 months I couldn't contribute to this project much. But I will resume working on it shortly. There might be another two months of slow posting on my blog and facebook page but I will be able to post interesting images soon after that.