L'attaque des fileuses de cimetière

Posted by Karine*Mazloumian (Paris, France) on 22 February 2009 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

> Graveyard spinsters attack


In a famous place in Armenia called Noradous, great cemetery with beautiful khatchkars (engraved old tombstones), old women run towards visitors in order to sell them their handmade woolen socks & gloves ~


(Orient tales serie, Noradous in Armenia - 2007)

All original frames (excepted the square croppings) / Hormis les formats carrés, tous les cadrages sont d'origine.
© Karine Mazloumian. All rights reserved. Thank you very much for your visits & comments here.

"The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera" (Dorothea Lange)

Mathilde from Fontainebleau, France

Un cliché qui désoriente! File la laine et les jours! La réalité nue! Tourisme et culture! Au-delà de la beauté du lieu, on ressent parfaitement la précipitation des ces dames!

22 Feb 2009 6:15am

Jean-François from Les Issambres, France

j'adore le titre d'abord !!!!!!!!!! mdr ........................ !!!! et puis en voyant la photo je ris moins ou "jaune" ....................... la civilisation du tourisme est parfois un peu envahissante et si peu respectueuse et ça marche ;-( ...... !!!!! Bravo pour ce cliché très fort !

22 Feb 2009 6:57am

seboine from nancy, France

le retour de la momie !!!!
bon dimanche

22 Feb 2009 7:59am

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Le titre me plait, j'espère que ces dames ont du succès dans leur vente de tricots! Une image pleine d'émotion!

22 Feb 2009 8:04am

Elaine- from Canada

seems a bit funny to me to lurk around graveyards to sell socks, but is reasonable enough i guess, makes a great picture

22 Feb 2009 8:24am

djedfre from schaumburg, United States

that's just amazing! do you get whacked upside the head with the white cane if you don't buy?

22 Feb 2009 8:28am

@djedfre: You're damn right, her face made me also think she could ! It was such an unexpecting place to see them running like that... Quite sad, actually...
(but happily, I run much faster ;o)

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

Oh K, j'adore, une de mes préférées...wow que ça me touche!

22 Feb 2009 8:38am

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

What a strong evocative and story-telling picture of the scene! Funny but also sad, especially when you study their expressions closely... Admire how the shot appears spontaneous yet the subjects were so perfectly placed! Great one k@!

22 Feb 2009 8:43am

from verdun, France

Quelle force dans cette photo! j'aime le visage de ces femmes burinées par le temps et le soleil. Prises sur le vif dans cet espace ôcre , elles deviennent intemporelles.Quant au titre, tu as fait preuve une fois de plus d'originalité et de créativité. Bravo K@!

22 Feb 2009 8:52am

Fabi from Rennes, France

photo magique!!!bravo :)

22 Feb 2009 8:59am

missparis from PARIS, France

Très touchante cette photo

22 Feb 2009 9:07am

freDeric from Orleans, France

un commando rondement mené ou la vaillance et la tenacité n'ont pas à rougir face à la bataille des Thermopyles :)... ! J'aime la tonalité des pierres, et le // qu'il existe avec ces femmes solides comme un ...Roc !

22 Feb 2009 9:31am

crÿ from Switzerland

Sorties de nulle part, et malgré leur âge, elle semblent se précipiter... Leur visage ridé, leur corps usé, leurs cheveux emmitouflés. Un cliché qui nous coupe de notre quotidien et qui nous fait voyager un brin en ce dimanche enneigé. Merci pour ce dépaysement total mon amie. Le titre est inventif et teinté de ton humour habituel ;-) Je t'embrasse.

22 Feb 2009 9:33am

-1q5yChØt!c- from Persia, Iran

wow,such a miserable scene...excellent shot...actually an extraordinary shot ...bravo !

22 Feb 2009 9:40am

Observing from West Cheshire, United Kingdom

This looks like a frame from a cine 8mm film, what a wonderful quality..! The old woman have a hard life.

22 Feb 2009 9:40am

WABIKOJA from Shiga, Japan

A fascinating, and very nicely captured, photograph.

22 Feb 2009 9:42am

Veronique from France

âge de pierre
elles sont hors du temps

22 Feb 2009 9:47am

Marie-Hélène Ammor from Casablanca/Paris, Morocco

Wow...un grand sourire ..là ..la photo est superbe mais avec ce titre ,tu expliques avec humour ! Bravo !

22 Feb 2009 9:49am

rose from France

elle est géniale cette photo ! on se croirait dans un autre temps !!! Bravo pour le traitement !

22 Feb 2009 10:00am

majid from neuss, Germany

This more a documantary pix for me. these poor people regardless how old they are must fight for their survive. good job

22 Feb 2009 10:05am

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

le titre est drôle, la réalité un peu moins, ces pauvres femmes ont l'espoir de vendre quelques bricoles, c'est sûrement important pour elles, pas facile à leur âge, leurs visages, leurs expressions en disent long sur leur vie ! très beau cliché K@, bon dimanche

22 Feb 2009 10:07am

@Anna.C: Le titre ne visait qu'à souligner l'absurde tragique d'une réalité tristissime, je confirme ~

zOOm from Paris, France

Le titre est fantastique ! Mais je rejoins Anna sur sa judicieuse remarque...

22 Feb 2009 10:25am

@zOOm: Le titre ne visait qu'à souligner l'absurde tragique d'une réalité tristissime, je confirme ~

amirreza from tehran, Iran

wow very nice shot

22 Feb 2009 10:36am

kerfendal from Paris, France

ç a me rappelle toutes ces grands mères en breatgne qui ramendaient les filets ou faisaient de la broderie pour arrondir les fins de semaine. La photo est belle et qui plus est documenataire, la vie ne doit pas être facile la bas, a Kaliningrad je vois, quand j'y vais l'été toutes les petites vieilles qui vendent leurs produis, fleurs légumes, et elles vendent bien!

22 Feb 2009 11:18am

Tatsu from Tokyo, Japan

great shot.

22 Feb 2009 11:35am

Marcah from Quincy, United States

Whoa!!! What a wonderful work. This is art for art sake and news for the world. Fascinating story and excellent composition. High quality all the way buddy.....

22 Feb 2009 11:53am

Alivia from Saint-Etienne, France

On a choisi le même thème, c'est drôle, bien sûr très différent en image.. tes pierres ont les teintes chaudes de la lave et j'adore ton traitment qui donne un léger flou sur des points bien particulier de te photo, j'aime aussi le côté reportage qui nous livre les secrets de ces femmes dans ce site si particulier de ce cimetière. Merci pour cette image.
bizzzzzzz et bon dimanche.

22 Feb 2009 1:03pm

Polydactyle from Canada

Une photo touchante. Beaucoup d'humanisme s'en dégage. Tu as posée un regard très doux sur ces femmes. Bravo!

22 Feb 2009 1:46pm

Veronelle from Lens, France

mdrr, elles fuient l'orage, c'est super comme photo

22 Feb 2009 2:17pm

Krims@nline.be from Wemmel, Belgium

Wonderfull, such a picture and a superb title. Well done!

22 Feb 2009 2:28pm

dogilicious from Millerstown, PA, United States

Very nicely captured and very interesting text.

22 Feb 2009 2:30pm

Perrine from Lyon, France

Très belle photo! Le sujet, ce mouvement et ces couleurs un peu rouilles, superbe!!

22 Feb 2009 3:09pm

Francesc B. from région parisienne, France

Superbe , cette photo... force et émotion.

22 Feb 2009 3:32pm

Sof from Neuchâtel, Switzerland

une photos qui montre une certaine anxiété chez ces femmes... tu as bien rendu l'ambiance..
Les couleurs y sont tres belles

22 Feb 2009 3:40pm

ZoomLNZ from Los Angeles Area, United States

You've effectively captured a hard life.

22 Feb 2009 3:51pm

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Coucou Karine, ça fait chaud au coeur de vous retrouver tous dès mon retour...
Un titre comme tu sais nous les concocter, drôle et pertinent et une image, belle et forte à la fois, c'est bien de l'avoir expliquée, cela lui donne sa réelle dimension. Je connais bien cette précipitation dès que l'on arrive sur un site un tant soit peu touristique, cela peut-être quelques fois agaçant mais c'est tellement compréhensible.... De la vente d'un petit quelque chose peut dépendre le repas journalier d'une famille dans certains pays... Ces petites vieilles sont attendrissantes à travers ton regard.
Bises à toi et bonne fin de WE.

22 Feb 2009 3:54pm

@Evelyne Dubos: Ravie de ton retour - et merci de ton long com. Gros bisous*

Nataly from Santa Monica, United States

Beautiful and touching image. Besides to be a great photograph technically, it is full of life and soul.

22 Feb 2009 4:08pm

Mobius Faith from Akron, Ohio,, United States

This is most excellent!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Also thanks for the description which adds to the image. Very nicely captured.

22 Feb 2009 4:09pm

jim from sebastopol, United States

oh that makes me so sad, if only we bought socks instead of weapons of war jim

22 Feb 2009 4:17pm

Sugata from Newark, United States

Wonderful work!

22 Feb 2009 4:28pm

john4jack from Corvallis, United States

Fabulous capture, k!

22 Feb 2009 4:33pm

sorter from tehran, Iran

different- and beautiful- photos youve posted.
it really makes me fresh when i open this page...life is going on in this page.

22 Feb 2009 4:40pm

@sorter: Life tries, as hard as it may be some days... My best thoughts*

Robert Kruh from Slovenia

Great titled image, beautiful work! :)

22 Feb 2009 5:52pm

philib from dijon, France

Etonnante et superbe, j'aime beaucoup , bravo...............

22 Feb 2009 6:27pm

marianne from Toulouse, France

J'ai beaucoup d'admiration pour ces "femmes courage" qui n'ont d'autre soutien que le leur, leur rage de survivre et la force du désespoir ...
Elles semblent si âgées, brisées par la peine et le labeur ...
C'est de la photographie reportage, heureusement que ton humour est là pour détristaliser la scène ... (j'invente, au besoin, mes mots ... lol)
J'étais déjà passée, mais mon com ne s'est pas posté ...

22 Feb 2009 6:31pm

@marianne: Sorry pour le com non posté ! Encore un coup d'bug d'Am3 :) Mais c'est dimanche, aussi, hein... alors une p'tite sieste, peut-être ? :) Merci de ton com. Je suis plus que d'accord ~

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

The graveyards doesn't look similar in Portugal but the old women do. Similitude may not end there and may be it was the reason why a rich Armenian chose my country to end his days and created here a Foundation that bears his name: Callouste Gulbenkian.

22 Feb 2009 6:48pm

@António Pires: Great foundation, indeed, well-known in the world - never visited it though, but one day ? Thks for your visit & comment*

Suzanne from Huntington Bch, California, United States

Terrific capture. There is so much emotion in this image.

22 Feb 2009 7:33pm

Richard_Irwin from Belper, United Kingdom

Oh my, their heading your way at top speed, did you run away, or did you buy a new pair of socks?

22 Feb 2009 8:47pm

@Richard_Irwin: I took the pic ! ;o)
(... we gave them money & talked)

Nico from Bordeaux, France

Quelle force dans cette prise, c'est impressionnant.

22 Feb 2009 8:56pm

Laurie from New Jersey, United States

This is a compelling emotional and slightly if not strangely amusing shot here. Perhaps it is your title that makes it so. This is very interesting. There seems to be an intensity and urgency in this scene.

22 Feb 2009 9:05pm

@Laurie: Sad & funny cause absurd like Life sometimes is I'm afraid :/ Thks, Laurie*

JJ from Jersey City, United States

Quite a dramatic shot, seems strange t me as a prime location for trying to peddle trade, just curious did you get any socks?

22 Feb 2009 9:14pm

@JJ: No, we gave them money & sat for a chit-chat - kids joined us and told us about the tombstones. A nice moment despite the harsh lives of these people struggling for some coins.......

XaviH from Badalona (almost Barcelona), Spain

Une photo très lumineuse, comparée avec tes dernières photos. Elle exprime une histoire dramatique.

22 Feb 2009 9:28pm

Charles from New York, United States

Awesome processing and composition. Looks great.

22 Feb 2009 11:00pm

Ti from Alpharetta, United States

This reminds me of a Chinese holiday called Chin Ming. It's an official holiday for people to go back home and clean up tombs of their ancestors and love ones and pay respect to them. Usually at the grave yards you will find people for hire to do chores like cutting the grass and clean up the area around the tomb for you. Vendors selling water or soft drinks or even box lunch...these women remind me of such event....

That also reminds I need to pay a visit to my father's grave next time I go back....

22 Feb 2009 11:12pm

@Ti: Thanks for this comment, Ti, it touches me ~

K from Paris, France

Hello K@, de retour par ici, bravo pour tes photos que je revois les unes après les autres, quel oeil, toujours...! K

22 Feb 2009 11:13pm

Grahame from Mt Maunganui, New Zealand

Theres a fair amount of desperation going on in this image.
Interesting in a sad way.

23 Feb 2009 1:03am

dik from McAllen, United States

Nice composition, emotional as well.

23 Feb 2009 1:44am

Tammy/Cricket from Huntsville, United States

Oh this pictures is so wonderful I actually feel guilty telling you so. Look at the hardship and expressions on these faces. Timeless image. Just timeless.

23 Feb 2009 4:13am

Linerberry from Sumner, Christchurch, New Zealand

Nice title...they look like they are on a mission indeed!!!

23 Feb 2009 6:16am

San G. from Encino, California, United States

I'll bet you could outrun them! Not that you'd want to ... sounds like you had a good time learning all about the history and the nature of things.

When I saw the shot for the first moment I thought of a place I saw on the coast of France called Karnac. There were tall standing stones all in rows that predate Stonehenge. They were beautiful and profound. So ... when I saw your image, I thought these women were running through the standing stones of Karnac. The story you tell is quite poignant.

23 Feb 2009 9:55am

@San G.: I agree with you, Carnac is a place close to this, except that here we're in a poor country and harsh life running as you can see. Thks for your com !

Stef67 from in my head, France

haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa, elle tracent grave en plus, non superbe shoot,j adore ^^

23 Feb 2009 4:03pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

You are braver than me. I would fall back if confronted by such an onslaught.

23 Feb 2009 5:08pm

@Steve Rice: I wanted the pictures ! :)))

NarB from Bruxelles, Belgium

Très bien vu, j'adore :)
C'est qu'elles me ferait peur ces dames ;)

23 Feb 2009 6:33pm

Jatin from New Delhi, India

great documentary work.

24 Feb 2009 5:07pm

alex centrella from California, United States

one of my favorite images of yours..

24 Feb 2009 9:22pm

@alex centrella: I'm very happy you visited me back, thank you and see you soon with one of your new posts, Alex*

Scotfot from Kabul, Afghanistan

looks an amazing place!

24 Feb 2009 9:28pm

Ilan from Israel

What a photo!
Without understanding the concept, it looks kind of funny, but I'm not totally sure it's a funny situation.
Great capture!

24 Feb 2009 9:55pm

Howard F. from South Pasadena, Calif., United States

I am working with a home builder by the name of Vahan Bezdikian (as well as many Armenian housing developers). I am good friend with him, and I am going to quiz him on Noradous ;) Thanks for sharing Karine.

24 Feb 2009 11:35pm

@Howard F.: Please say Hello to Vahan for me, I'm an armenian too (yet from Istanbul) "Bezdik" means "little", he'll be stunned that you know that now :))

Inés from Namur, Belgium

Elles filent les fileuses pour améliorer leur destin ...
C'est bien connu, ce sont les femmes qui font le monde !
Je les reconnais bien certaines de ces mamies ...

25 Feb 2009 5:39am

@Inés: Merci ma p'tite Inès d'être passée poser tes coms partout - tu me manquais ! J'espère que tu vas bien et te bise*

cirospat from palermo, Italy

great 3d capture
fine reportage

27 Feb 2009 7:26pm

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Great capture !

10 Mar 2010 12:30pm

moncler from putian, China

You are one great photographer! All combined with great creativity and humanity. I know I've said many times (I think) but never mind repeat ... You are a role model for me! Your pictures are all an incredible strength. So it is with your words! I ask you not leave us! It is a pleasure and a great incentive to follow the "red. " With all my love and admiration Happy New Year full of love and life! Cheers! A hug, Adela

31 Dec 2010 2:40am

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

Utterly fantastic, and the title gave me a laugh :))

11 Jul 2011 1:17pm

@Christine: Thanks for browsing back here, Christine*

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ISO 100
38 mm

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