Wednesday, December 3, 2008

28 N and 3 E

Armenia hinges on the gates that open the East and distinguish the West at those geographical points. I often try to make my mind up on what I think, but I never can. It has been heavily politically influenced over time, trying to please all neighbors while protecting the culture and history of its people. The language dates back to the age of dirt and stars, and so does the charm and beauty...like this face above.

4 comments:

Haik said...

Paige - what a papik. He is happy, hides it, but happy. This isn't the common picture of "tired papik's and tatik's from Armenia". Please show more - as I understand - the common perception is that people of Armenia are torn and unhappy. While it is true historically, I would love to see the real people. like this papik.

make more photos - you mention having eyeballs on you when you take the camera out - does that stop you?. Have you given a thought of using a less intrusive point'n'shoot? you seem to encounter a lot during your day and it seems that you are not able to capture. let me be wrong.

karen jane said...

This photo reminds me of my dad.

Gini said...

Paige - this is a WONDERFUL photo!! And your comments are very interesting. I think you are finally being influenced by the experience and it will change you. I've often wondered about Armenia and the Armenians. A somewhat famous film producer in Canada, Atom Egoyan is of Armenian heritage. His film "Ararat" very powerfully depicts the Armenian genocide which happened around the time of World War I. Many people do not like Egoyan's films and I have to admit that some are rather disturbing to ordinary people like me but they certainly provoke thought. Perhaps when you are back home in the US you can rent that movie. After your time in Armenia I expect you will see it with very different eyes from the rest of us.

Color of Cordoba said...

Dirt and Stars, shit I'm jealous of that.