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.