I am a native in this world And think in it as a native thinks

Thursday, April 23, 2015


I was going to call this post The contradictions of modern Iran, but that's too glib (and it would be more than a little presumptuous of me to claim any great insights after ten whole days in the country.)

I will probably write about hijab later, when I have time to do it thoughtfully, but although the clothes these women are wearing make a nice photograph, and a pointed contrast with the man walking by them, they're not wearing typical Iranian clothing at all, and they may just have been tourists (from India, perhaps -- those look more like saris than Iranian manteaus or chadors.) And it's the women who tend to wear black here, not the men.

But I love this picture anyway.

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