It has been over a month now since I’ve been back from Armenia and I must say, I really needed this time to land and overthink everything I have done and seen in Armenia.
What took me there in the first place was a John Stanmeyer photography workshop. As one of the photographers of the VII Photo agency and a World Press Photo winner (2013), he interested me as a mentor for a workshop. The fact that his next workshop took place in Armenia, a country I knew hardly anything about, made it only more interesting to me. This was going to be a real adventure. And so it was.
Gyumri is a small calm dusty town never rebuild since the heavy earthquake in 1988. A lot of people still live in temporary housing, called Domiks and the roads are cracked and full of holes. People are open and welcoming, often inviting you over to have a coffee at their house.
I was lucky; Tamara was a young woman with whom I had this ‘click’ immediately. She became more of a personal assistant and was really good company.
The Photo story
Tamara helped me to find Susi, a 23 years old artist, who turned out to be a very lively girl having a huge inner world that really shows off of her. When I looked at her I saw a modern worldly looking woman who could be from anywhere. The contrast with her hometown Gyumri was interesting.