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Snapshot | 'Nafti'

04 Jan 2012 18:03Comments


[ blog ] It was 1973. My father's work necessitated moving from Tehran to Rasht, Gilan for a couple of years. So we lived there for a while. This was taken in one of the suburbs of Rasht. I remember it snowed for a month. A whole month. Schools were closed for five weeks. It was freak conditions. There were three meters [about ten feet] of snow! There were snow tunnels on sidewalks. I remember clearing a walking path from our terrace to the front door and there would be six inches of snow again walking back from the front gate. Back then, I had no idea that there was a genre called "street photography," but I would go out taking pictures whenever the snow would stop for a while. I have always called this one "Nafti." Nafti is a person who delivers naft (paraffin, fuel). These guys used to load naft [canisters] on their backs and go from house to house delivering fuel! Their hands were frozen. -- Johnny Mobasher

Copyright © 2012 Johnny Mobasher

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