As a gay man, I am proud. The shame that I carried for many years for being an Armenian gay man has diminished during the past decade as I decided to fully embrace this label and my culturally unaccepted identity. Even years later, during times of great pride, there have been moments where I have caught myself regressing. Then, I quickly… Continue reading Being Gay & Armenian: Shame to Pride
Yoga is NOT only about poses and shapes. Yoga is about serving oneself in order to be able to serve others more effectively. Today, my best friend and I are shooting a video for a pilot project we are starting in Armenia. Our vision is to introduce yoga and meditation to individuals who commit their lives to making… Continue reading Off The Mat: Living The Spirit of Yoga
Every year, since I was a child, I remember patriotic outcalls and calls for recognition. 32 years I occupy this earth and 101 since the genocide, those calls go unanswered. This is the first year I’m not inside the classroom or any other venue where I can teach this history, so I take this opportunity,… Continue reading What I hope will become of Armenian Genocide commemoration day?
Landscape Probably my best landscape photo taken during my Armenia trip in 2015 via iPhone 6. During my trip to Armenia, my portraits came out much better than the landscapes, but Mount Ararat was extremely photogenic and never failed to shine.
In response to the Daily Post Photo Challenge Alphabet, I chose to display this narcissistic attempt of capturing my name by chopping off the -IA of the sign, while I was traveling my parents’ hometown of Yerevan, Armenia. Armen, is a typical Armenian name. Armen may refer to the Armani, a tribe of the Armenian Highlands sometimes associated with the Name… Continue reading 3 Fun Facts About the Armenian Alphabet
Photo tourism is definitely not a thing of the past. If we all were to dig deep into our family photo album box, we would find our parents and grandparents starring in what look like Instagram filtered photography (what we now label vintage), in front of cool landmarks, posing. Back in the days it was as… Continue reading How To Get To My Top 5 Photogenic Landmarks?
To give peace with ones music is a knowledge I do not possess. At times I’ve wished to have learnt. In fact, feelings of envy come up sometimes when I’m engulfed in the beautiful set of notes being orchestrated by man and his instrument. However, we all have a way of transmitting knowledge; a musician… Continue reading Portrait Series: The Violinist
Mother and daughter were quick to leave their little booth of souvenirs to come and probe into what I was doing. Soon enough they claimed that I am a “yoga champion”. I tried to explain to them such a thing does not exist. They said that I was a big guy, but with lots of… Continue reading Portrait Series: Mother and Daughter
Armen Aleqsanyan, a Proud Gyumri native, showed me the true meaning of Armenian hospitality. We were put in touch through a mutual friend from Yerevan. He was coming to Yerevan and I wanted to spend a few hours with him and do a photo shoot around the city. He’s studying to be a cinematographer and… Continue reading Portrait Series: Armen
These men were pure fun and living examples of how joy should be found in whatever situation you are in. From the moment I got to Vanadzor bus station at 10am to the moment our shared taxi left at 11:15am, they cracked jokes and profanely expressed themselves (of course only in the presence of men).… Continue reading Portrait Series: The Bus Drivers at Vanadzor