Hubble - Bubble vol.1
In this issue I'll recap the travel in Iran with making commentary on my
latest work "Hubble-Bubble". In the evening of the first day
in Iran, I was walking downtown of Tehran. Suddenly my eyes met on people's
when I glanced into the shop window. I was frightened. Because clients
sit at tables facing on strange machines and looked at me. It looked like
a factory's assembly line. One of them signed me to come by. So I got into
It's a chai-khooneh, tea house. Then I made sense what they were doing.
Smoking hubble-bubble. A black pipe was connected to the each antique machine
and they put the pipe end on the mouth. The TV monitor above the glass
window showed a football game of Iran league. They had not watched me but
"Wanna try it?" the master passed a pipe to me. Well, so quick suck. "What does it tastes like?" He asked to me. "Vanilla" I said. But he didn't make sense. So I used another description. "Oh, tastes like Ice Cream" The clients around me roughed. Although the hubble-bubble wasn't the first time to me, the sketch was very impressive. So I put it as a title on my latest photo session.
The next city after Tehran was Kerman. In the east end of Iran, close to
the border to Pakistan and Afghanistan. The area was famous for the ancient
mud-city ruin called Arg-e Bam. However it's collapsed by the earth quake
11 years ago. After that I heard the number of tourist was declined. Moreover
it got security issues was along with the neighboring countries' political
unsuitability. So some guide books still put an alert on the area. But
for me, Kerman was "must go place" to me after visiting Jaisalmer
My impression of Kerman is a laid-back town. Although the town itself was
big enough, same as other towns in Iran. Residential area was spread out
far away to the foot of mud mountains. I had seen a same type of soiled
mountains in the west part of China, I remembered. The trees lined along
the street. It's also common in the ancient Silk Road towns. Kerman was
only 1500km both from Kashgar in Xinjang of China and Jaisalmer of India where I'd visited before.
People's face was various. Maybe because it's place where got lot of immigrants
form Afghanistan. I had believed characteristic features of Afghan people
was clear cut face and mustache. But some of them looked like me, the mongoloid.
When I was taking a portrait in the bazaal, some Mongolia face kids were
taken over in front of the camera, and some body suggested me "Take
their portrait" "OK!" "Are you from Japan? We are from
Kabul" "Uhhh" There was a sympathies between person who
had features look alike.
I looked up a world map later. Certainly Afghanistan was located slightly more north than Pakistan. The features came out from west edge of China, through Kyrgyzstan then Afghanistan, maybe.
The highlight of Kerman must be a bazaar. Actually, I've seen many bazaars
through the travel. The Kerman was the most beautifully renovated. Moreover
it's still being extended. In the modernization, traditional bazaar was
taken place to the shopping mall especially in big city. However in local
town like Kerman, bazaar was still center of the community. If you go there,
you can find anything. If you go there, you can meet friends for talking
So how's the actual security condition of Kerman, after all? In my opinion,
the downtown was OK. But in the out skirt of the city, the area where poor
people live in was slightly tricky. I got some calls like "Give me
your camera" If it's Europe it must be ended up some criminal matter.
But nothing was happen. I thanked for being Iran.
Unfortunately, fun and danger is always next to each other.
" Hubble-Bubble " Tehran, Iran 2013