Photographer's Note

Rarely have we encountered people so enthusiastic to be photographed as in Uzbekistan. Even rarer was the fact that all of them wanted to be photographed with us, as if we were celebrities of some sort (sic)!

This is a picture I took in Bukhara. Bukhara is an ancient oasis city in Uzbekistan, along the fabled Silk Road. For centuries it was a centre of trade and Islam, earning the title Bukhoro-i-Sharif, or "Noble Bukhara" among Muslims (one of the seven holy cities of Islam). The city was founded in the 1st century AD. The city itself boasts impressive architecture and history. It is one of the few places in Central Asia where one can feel the heartbeat of ancient Central Asia. Most of the city remains intact and most of the 250,000 inhabitants are members of families who have lived there for generations upon generations.

One day as we walked around the streets of old Bukhara, this elderly couple wanted to be photographed. A few words were spoken, translated, but their eyes gave away what was there in their minds….happiness and gratefulness…and that is just for taking their pictures. We were really touched by their humility.

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