May 21, 2013

Apples, Baku

Photograph by Erik Andre Juriks, Your Shot

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The snow made me treat myself to some side streets while looking for photo opportunities on my way to work, this bitterly cold morning in Baku. The rapidly changing capital of Azerbaijan always has something in store. Just outside the centuries-old Taza Bazaar, I came across the unlikely sight of an old Soviet-era Volga brimming with golden winter apples. The strange beauty of the scene brought back childhood memories of apples carefully picked and stored in the basement of our home in Norway, and the apples turning sweeter as the months of winter went by. —Erik Andre Juriks

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28 comments
Iva Vasileva
Iva Vasileva

Great shot, great place for apples store. Like that picture!

Shannon T
Shannon T

My first thought was that somebody was playing a prank on the car owner (like filling a car with packing peanuts). Interesting. Thank you Erik.

Victoria R.
Victoria R.

great picture. It made me giggle seeing all those apples against the window. :)

Amin Imani
Amin Imani

 Steve Jobs always dreamed of such car.

Lynne Hand
Lynne Hand

I thought they were tennis balls at first.

Elif Kir
Elif Kir

I lived in Baku for 5 years, it was 2004- 2009, this morning when I saw that car which is full filled with apples it looked so similar to me:)) Then I saw there is written Apple, Baku:)) it reminds me my college years, this was so common when I was living there .... you can sell more and save more money .. you do not need to rent a place in bazaar or open a market! it does not show the poverty it is kind of culture as I understood. and also these street.. snow and mud... Baku is cold and windy city, when you walk in Baku streets you have chance to see a lot of different scenes ..like one side of the road is really rich, buildings ...malls, restaurants.. but when you turn the another side you  may see that kind of view. 

this picture still so cool!!!!:)

Annette Williams
Annette Williams

A dynamic picture of poverty ridden back roads, the story of a vendor collecting and selling his sweet apples, piled to the ceiling, parked on a bitter cold slushy dirty street, amongst falling apart houses. I too remember those brutal days, how Lucky I call myself now! An exceptional photo, Erik. !!

RASHAD PASHAZADE
RASHAD PASHAZADE

Oh, nowadays, we have very few and few things like that, when i see things and occurrences like this, i immediately, remember those hard years (( 

Irma Laghadze
Irma Laghadze

Typical Soviet streets, buildings and car. I live in Caucasus neighborhood to Azerbaijan, in Georgia. Shot reminds me hard Soviet times and even  more hard winters with no electricity, no fuel and a lot of poverty.... :( 

T H
T H

I have the same memories of my parents root cellar with apples carefully stored so they don't have any bruises, as those will quickly rot and spoil all the others it comes in contact with (1 rotten apple will spoil the whole lot...).
When I see how the apples are abused in our stores (pouring them on a pile) or at the checkout, I become aware how we gotten used to new food being available 24/7 and wonder what would become of r civilization if we all had to live w/o technology again one of a sudden!

Cedar Waxwing
Cedar Waxwing

WHY !!  I can understand the basement, but the question begs, why store them in a car?

The apples are the only interesting aspect in this photo. it would have been nice to now why they are there.

Knut Nordstedt
Knut Nordstedt

Yes I too have nice childhood memories of careful pic and besement store at our house in Fredrikstad.

Thanks for reminding me, and thanks for a nice picture.


Rafig Abdullayev
Rafig Abdullayev

@Amin Imaniİf Steve Jobs was born in USSR he never will invent Apple Technologies, he just only can sell apples in the centuries-old Taza Bazaar on this Volga :)

Elif Kir
Elif Kir

@mojtaba seyedi  funny and smart !!!! when I saw first time that kind of car (not the picture in real life) it was the only thing passed my mind "waaavv so smart"::))

Andrew Gilman
Andrew Gilman

@T H I think this is EXACTLY the type of thing the photographer was thinking in this photo.  Such an odd juxtaposition of a bunch of apples presumably for sale (near a bazaar) with a modern car.  Some things never change, and some things do.

Cedar Waxwing
Cedar Waxwing

Oh, ok, that makes since. Thanks Elshan and Mustafa, I just thought a little more information as to what we were looking at might help me appreciate the photo more. And it does, thanks again.

To Andrew, come on, the apples are the photo. Even the photographer realizes that, "the unlikely sight - the strange beauty of the scene". Do you think this would still be a good photo without the car loaded to the top with apples? I apologize to Erik, if he interpreted my comment that way but I think, Andrew you may be a little sensitive.

Andrew Gilman
Andrew Gilman

@Cedar Waxwing Telling that you choose to use an anonymous screen name rather than your actual name, even in this new commenting system.  Why did you have to insult the photographer by saying "the apples are the only interesting aspect in this photo"?  If you were curious, why not just ask "why store the apples in a car"?  Internet anonymity breeds modern insolence.

Mustafa Asgarov
Mustafa Asgarov

@Cedar Waxwing They are collecting the apples from different cities where there are grown and bringing them to the capital to sell. Obviously, this is the cheapest and efficient way of logistics for sellers. This is one option. Other option is as Elshan said!

Elshan Haziyev
Elshan Haziyev

@Cedar Waxwing They store apple in a car for selling. Buyer drives through streets, yards and sells these apples to people who do not want go to market.

Andrew Gilman
Andrew Gilman

@Cedar Waxwing Within the context of your previous posts, I think it's a fairly accurate representation.  But I admit that different individuals strive for different relationships with the world around them.

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