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Here comes the second of my photos of people engaged in "small talk", a series within the series of photos from my 11 years in the digital era which I had largely forgotten or just neglected.

For natural reasons I have no idea what these women were talking about. I saw them in Gyumri in northwestern Armenia, a city known as Leninakan during the Soviet period. It made the headlines of the world's media when this region was hit by a devastating earthquake in 1988, killing between 25.000 and 50.000 persons, injuring possibly more than 100.000. Gyumri was not the worst hit city. Spitak, close to the epicenter, was practically wiped out and still looked like a huge temporary camp when I passed by it.

Although Gyumri was largely rebuilt when I visited the city in 2012 it was still a city marked by poverty, so maybe that was the subject of these women's small talk. Here is a larger version.

I will add two workshops with no other connection to this than being from Gyumri, one showing the centre of the city, the other the exciting bus station.

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