Friday, January 25, 2008


Yes, they are sitting.

... but they are also talking ...

What are they talking about?

Monday, January 21, 2008

The Porter

Tehran Bazar (2005)
Originally uploaded by M.Mortazavi
This porter still carries the ancient porters' back brace, made to drive goods through the narrow allies of the bazar.

He could be 60 or seventy but he still carries the load for any customer who is willing to pay.

Women are his primary customers although he shies not from the men either.

His profession is an endangered one.

Displaying One's Goods

Tehran Bazar (2005)
Originally uploaded by M.Mortazavi
The art of display is the art of life.

We display our skills, our devotions, our hopes, emotions and fears.

Often, display decides who buys what where and when.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Learning Together

Tehran Bazar (2005)
Originally uploaded by M.Mortazavi
Their ages tell the story.

The younger learns form the older and the older from the oldest.

There's much to learn, even in this narrow shop, selling trays, in the summer, when the schools are out.

A shop, even a small one, can be a microcosm of the whole world.

How many people can sit in a shop this small and learn about the world?

Or should I ask "how many generations"?