June 15, 2014

Up on the Scaffold

Photograph by Ali Hamed Haghdoust, National Geographic Your Shot

"A horse is tied in a makeshift stall while Iranian youth gather on the scaffolding to watch the competition during a nomad festival," writes Ali Hamed Haghdoust, a member of our Your Shot community. The festival took place on the outskirts of Kaleybar city in East Azerbaijan Province, Iran.

Haghdoust's picture recently appeared in the Your Shot Daily Dozen.

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19 comments
Roger Sullivan
Roger Sullivan

well all I can say is the horse has it's ears turned to rear listing to what is going on behind it, and yes you should never tie a horse by the reins things could go bad it just a second..I didn't know they had horses in Iran, I guess I thought of them having camels...my bad..

Dri Sardjono
Dri Sardjono

Wondering what are they doing up on the scaffolding, artistic shot though :)


Kris
Kris

Be brave. Goodspeed!

Laurel DeStefano
Laurel DeStefano

I agree ...the horse looks miserable, hot and sad. His ears are back too. And, no one seems to care.

Janice H.
Janice H.

Not to my liking,........ the horse looks very sad and forlorn and the people all seem oblivious to that fact!       It  certainly seems to be telling a story in that respect.

Timothy Brown
Timothy Brown

Like the way the B&W gives the photo a distinctively old-fashioned feel. Nomads are sort of isolated from modern life, so it ties in well. 

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

A good shot, but there is nothing in it for me!  j.e.s........

Bev Hennager
Bev Hennager

Being a horse person, there are things about this I don't like.  Horses should never be tied by the reins especially with a harsh bit that can cut their mouth if they pull back.  This horse looks very resigned to being tied up but all of that can quickly change.  The poses of the men on the scaffold are interesting.  The position of the horse is like a balancing point.  


Timothy Ray
Timothy Ray

@Laurel DeStefano The horses ears are forward and he looks dry (horses have sweat glands) and calm. Horses do not have "sad looks" If you see a horse with it's head hanging low the human brain interprets it as sadness. There really is no indicator (outside the imagination) that would indicate this horse is sad, hot or miserable. That's not to say he isn't, I just think you're making one hell of a leap.

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