Spices and dried fruits from the world : Bourj Hammoud (Lebanon)

14 Jun

Suburb of Lebanon, Bourj Hammoud is known as the stronghold of the Armenian community who survived the genocide of 1915. A few weeks ago, in the presence of M.Maurice Weiss, a professional photographer and as part of a university seminar, I had to choose a theme that promotes the culture of Bourj Hammoud. My choice was the grocers of Marash street.

Quartier populaire du Liban, Bourj Hammoud est connu comme étant le fief de la communauté arménienne qui a survécue au génocide de 1915. Il y a quelques semaines, en présence de M.Maurice Weiss, photographe de métier et dans le cadre d’un séminaire universitaire, je devais choisir un thème mettant en valeur la culture de Bourj Hammoud. Mon choix s’est penché sur les nombreux épiciers de la rue Marash.

Spices in Bourj Hammoud - Marash Street

Spices in Bourj Hammoud – Marash Street

For me, the spices and dried fruits are a real spectacle for the senses. Variety of aromas, flavors, colors, shapes, names and origins from Armenia to Turkey via Syria, you will find everything. My photographic approach has been to create close spicy canvas. The result is kind of mysterious!

Pour moi, les épices et fruits secs sont un  véritable spectacle pour les sens. Variétés d’odeurs, de saveurs, de couleurs, de formes, de noms et d’origines; de l’Arménie, à la Turquie en passant par la Syrie, vous trouverez de tout. Mon approche photographique a été de réaliser des tableaux épicés rapprochés. Le mystère est au rendez-vous!

Spicy Canvas / Tableau épicé

Spicy Canvas / Tableau épicé

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Tell me what you think and what comes to your mind when you see the pictures!

Dites-moi ce que vous en pensez et ce qui vous viens à l’esprit quand vous regardez les photos!

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2 Responses to “Spices and dried fruits from the world : Bourj Hammoud (Lebanon)”

  1. Anthony Daou June 15, 2012 at 13:31 #

    Your close ups made me think of that: Imagine the tiny dried fruits were as huge as Mountain rocks.. we would have lived in different worlds of flavors and colors! Maybe if WE were the minithingies, that would be cool in this case 😛
    Aren’t you missing eating the Armenian “MANTI” Plate ?? we should revisit this famous Varouj Restaurant! 😀 Anyway, great photos and beautiful textures! 🙂

    • minithingy June 16, 2012 at 12:56 #

      Thank you Anthony! Yes, I do miss Varouj restaurant we should go another time for sure 🙂
      If I was a minithingy I would love to live there; we would eat everything 😛

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