20 August 2009

Afghan women voting

Afghan women voted at a mosque used as a polling station in Kabul Thursday. (Adam Ferguson/VII Mentor Program). Via.


  1. Gee, that's a stunning photo. I was an art history major in college (mumble) years ago, and every once in a while a newspaper photo will flip a switch in my brain, and I'll find myself looking at it as if it were an Old Master. This is one such.

    The composition is wonderful, with the soft, almost monochromatic colors. The woman on the left is beautifully lit, in what would be called chiaroscuro in a Rembrandt. The scene has a sense of stillness, as if time had stopped, which is odd given the extremely tense election situation. The women's robes, and their beautiful faces, make it look almost biblical.

  2. Meant to add, there's a whole series of terrific photos of the election at the "Via" link.

  3. I agree. And the more I see them, the more I learn to appreciate the beauty of head scarves.

  4. it is a wonderful image but sadly it sounds like not everywhere was conducive to women voting.

    I also agree that the head scarves are often very beautiful but I am often reminded of their uglier symbolism


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