Photographer's Note

My previous Central Asia post garnered a number of comments about the locals being nervous, uncomfortable or uncertain about photographed, so I'm posting this one to show it ain't necessarily so. :-)

Dashoguz (or Tashuaz) is a city in the northern part of Turkmenistan, a Soviet relic with nothing to recommend it except the airport, which is why we were there - flying from Khiva in Uzbekistan to Ashgabad, the Turkmen capital. However, despite its Lonely Planet putdown, Dashoguz does have some neat spots, such as the Nagmat Bazaar (well, all bazaars are interesting). Since our plane schedule had changed and we had several hours to kill, we went there.

Although Dashoguz is home to several Peace Corps volunteers, whom we met for lunch, Americans are not a normal sight (this is pretty much true anywhere in Central Asia), so the locals were as interested in us as we were in them. This young woman not only agreed to have her picture taken, she was eager to do so, and we went through several gyrations before I got her to stand still long enough for this shot.

There is a bit of backstory here: When I first came up to this booth, she was with an older man, and both of them wanted to pose for me. But she happened to be holding a small knife she'd been using to trim vegetables, and I suggested that she should put it down for the picture, as the way she was holding it looked like she was about to stab him. The man then reacted in fake horror, which I also managed to catch - see the WS.

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