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Labour of love

Coppersmith at work in Lahic, Azerbaijan, March 2017

Perched in the southern foothills of the Great Caucasus, sits the ancient settlement of Lahic. As long as you visit slightly out of season and avoid the masses of local tourists you step into another world. The cobbled streets and old buildings, the smoke and clanking of copper, and locals chatting in their Persian dialect will whisk you back in time.

The locals still practice their old crafts of which copper making is the best known. Stick your head in through a doorway and you’ll be welcomed to watch the work in progress. It’s hot and hard labour, but they are immensely proud of their products, which are seen decorating the walls of the local houses. And, of course, you can buy any products that take your fancy.


Copyright Debbie Smyth,  6 September 2020

Posted as part of Lens-Artists

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  1. Oh Debbie, these images are wonderful. If it wasn’t for his puffy jacket, I would have sworn it was a painting (trying to remember the artist whose art it resembles) Some of your best editing work Love these so much ❤

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  2. What an interesting journey inside a crafter’s workshop! I know many people who craft — some to sell their wares, others as a hobby. And it’s all a labor of love since they are usually doing it for the love of just doing it. Thanks for the photo — darkly mysterious, truly natural. And for continuing to support the challenge.

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    • Yes, I like the book and was confused about what it was. There’s a novel Absurdistan that is my to read pile but the cover doesn’t match that theme. Turns out this book is of the Absurdistan film, a German-French comedy about women withholding sex. Still seems an odd choice to have on his shelf. But i solved it eventually – some of it was filmed in Lahic. I’m not sure it’s my kind of film but I’ll have to watch it now 🙂

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