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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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Screw your emotion : typographic installation

28 Apr

taken by Myrna Rigaten Alies

Picture by Myrna Rigaten Alies

Hello my dear friends! Today, for the first time, my post is not talking about my minithingies! I want to share with you a project realized with my friend Lucy Momdjian.

During one week, two classes in Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts (ALBA) worked with a famous photographer and graphic designer Amandine Alessandra. We had to work by pair of student and create a typographic installation using a random word.

Our project consists of screws put on a support, spelling the word emotion. How can we put in words something that cannot be expressed so easily?

For some, emotion is considered as a complicated feeling that cannot be expressed by words. It can be put to life by actions, by gesture.

The screws are not entirely fitted. A hammer placed aside, every person who wants to unwind from a stressful day, can knock (hammer) the screw. We chose to use screws because it’s less easy to hit them with a hammer, because at the same time revealing emotions is hard.

When all of the screws are fitted into the support and as everybody has manifested their emotion by distressing, the word “emotion” vanishes, metaphorically showing that stressful feeling has dissolved
from people.

We picked a wall with some graffiti as a location in the university, to make a contrast between our project and the graffiti.

You can check the link and appreciate the work by clicking on the icon at the end of the page.

Thank you and stay tuned for a new post of my minithingies!

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