Making pelmeni. (5.25.2012)
Originally from Siberia, pelmeni's the Russian equivalent of ravioli - a little meat-filled dumpling that's boiled & served with butter & sour cream. It's widely eaten throughout the country & sold frozen in the supermarkets. Some, like this woman, still make it from scratch.
This shot somewhat epitomizes [to me] how our perceptions are deeply influenced by our cultural reference points. Rustem sees this as a typical village woman making a tasty Russian delicacy. Admittedly, I'm not a fan of pelmeni - something about the meat & spices combination doesn't appeal to me. That aside, when I look at this, all I can think of is yuck, as my eyes are drawn to those short, dirty fingernails engaged in food prep and, to a lesser extent, their disparity with the imitation pearls.
Thanks for you comments yesterday.
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