Hejab is gradually sliding back vol.2
How can I describe impression of Iran? Let's see. It's like a traditional
school which has strict regulations. Generally Iran's public transportation
has divided blocks in gender. In the bus usually men's section is placed
in front and the women's in rear. In the metro the sections are clearly
divided by the partition. A share taxi service is segregated by gender.
It must be the reason a couple and family tend to own a car or motor bike.
Cos that's easy.
Another strict rule in Iran is "Dress code" Woman covers the
head with black cloth called Hejab. A tourist isn't exception. A woman
has to put the hejab or scarf, cannot expose the skin. On the other hand
man's regulation is not strict such as the woman's but neatly dressed in
general. Although some people wear even T-shirt nowadays, basically the
shirttails are in the trousers. In short, Iran is the country precise in
manner. So if you attend to "the authentic Iran school" you have
to be tidy even though you wear the shabby jeans loosely at the hip usually.
However nowadays overseas fashion is imported. Foreign tourists rush for
the country too. Wanna step across the strict rule. Wanna enjoy a little
adventure. It's usual. Especially a little change of woman in this conservative
country is quite interesting.
Far away from a Chaykhaneh (tea room) where men is talking, laughing together
and smoke a water pipe in downtown, young women smoke the pipe quietly
on the river bank. (The full set is really big enough) Women in the sun
glasses in fashion are walking on the street. Women's hejab is slightly
sliding back and dyed blond hair is shown. Where did they dye it? If it's
all blonde under the hejab? I imagine.
"Iran is modernizing with the world. By the way, her hejab is sliding back too much, I think" Somehow I care of her like a parent of high school student. "Hey, follow your school
rule. Your skirt is too short" "Yes, dad" (lol)
As same as most countries in the world, Iran has both modern and conservative
notion. While a young guy talk to a group of women at a bus stop, a old
man squints him. While a people let me photographing portrait, the others
refuse it and cover the face with a hejab. When I'm photographing in the
fast food restaurant, "Mr!" One old man stare at me and shakes
his head. I don't know whether he is police or the conservative. Anyway
I apologize. While I photograph in my style in the air of freedom, I step
across the line unconsciously.
Freedom, I used to envied it in my school days. But the entirely free makes us exhausted and snobbish. Between Iran's conservative and liberal, Iranian gal's hejab is in good position.
" Sketch book " Esfahan, Iran 2013