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February 6, 2012
The Stranger through my lens
By Tatevik Vardanyan
Photo by Tatevik Vardanyan
The Stranger on Tumanyan street

Blue eyes, lined attractive feature, white hair and a calm voice - “Take as much photos as you want, I don’t mind and I'm not in hurry”.

The first day with my camera in street and the first portrait I took. I was afraid of everyone and everyone was afraid of me.

I got complex to look through my lens until I met this stranger on Tumanyan Street. I didn’t ask his name, didn’t now who  he was, but I took a portrait of him.

In the evening, uploading the photos from camera I was disappointed with the images I took.

Nearly all the pictures that I did were dark, nothing saying about faces or views.

Different thoughts come to me - “I am not for doing this... I should stop taking photos… I will never succeed to take a single good image…”.

And here comes my inspiration – the pleasant, patient old man's portrait. 

A year passed, I am still photographing and I see my future in it.


This article was one of the assignments at the Youth in the 21st Century: Debating and Producing Media Workshop organized by Open Society Foundations-Armenia, Open Society Foundations Youth Program and IDEA (International Debate Education Association) from Jan 26 to Feb 6, 2012 at Aghveran. The writer was one of the participants at the workshop.


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