Backgammon in Nicosia, Cyprus
This photo was taken in the Old City of Nicosia, Cyprus, where backgammon is a game the old and young play in their spare time. The title is “East/West” as a reference to the contrast of old and new worlds– the traditional and modern. The poster and calendar display messages in English and one of the men is wearing a popular Western brand but all of the men in the picture are traditional Cypriots playing a game that originated in Persia (Iran) thousands of years ago in the last divided capitol of the world. I had permission to capture this moment on a Sunday afternoon in the Old City Nicosia and I have always enjoyed the subtle contrasts in this photo as well as the clear streams of light filtering in onto the scene.
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