Street Photography Challenge day 5:Armenian Street historical walk.

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Hello Homo Sapiens!

Today (24/6/2017) the weather finally decided to be nice to me,hence I was able to go out and take pictures for day 5 of the challenge.
‘Wait,what challenge ?What’s this person up to ?’.Haha,I read your mind stranger now acquaintance.I have degree in Psychology and I m finally using it.But do Psychology graduates do telepathy?Okay,let’s move on before it gets too awkward.

I m doing a 10 day street photography challenge where I will be going to random interesting locations in my city and capturing pictures.I live in Chennai which is the capital city of the Southernmost State of India,Tamil Nadu.

I am doing this to show you what my city can offer in case you plan to visit.

So,I have received suggestions and I write them down on chits and pick one up-:

This is the chit that I had picked up

So,Armenian Street it is.I have only heard of this street.I have never been here before.This location was suggested by another travel blogger.It is located in Georgetown,close to Sowcarpet the place I did on Day-2 of this challenge.

I read a few blog posts to know more about this place.My experience here was contrary to the content of those posts and my expectations that were influenced by the blog posts’ content as well as the name of the street.

Armenians settlement in Chennai began in the 8th century AD.However,their existence became prominent only in the 17th century AD.The street was a famous trade and commercial center back then.Armenians still do live here though.The street is approximately 1 km long hence there will be very few pictures.

This place is totally photograph worthy.The historical  buildings were works of art.Unfortunately,I failed to project the buildings as beautifully as they looked considering their height.Besides,I am not equipped with the skill level and the camera device required to present the buildings with the same aesthetic appeal they actually had.So,in case you’re a pro at photography and you happen to read this I would really really appreciate it if you could help me out.

Despite the fact that Armenian Street is an ideal spot for photos.There is a downside to everything,my visit wasn’t exactly a very cherishable memory to be preserved.As you read through my post unleash the Sherlock Holmes in you to know why.

So here it starts-: 

This is the point where I was dropped off by my uber driver.This signboard is indeed a warm yet deceptive welcome
The building which mounted the signboard.The vendor you can see in the picture is selling cut fruits.
A structure of Armenian Street.
A diagramatic representation of my starting point and my finishing point.

The building with the ‘Armenian Street’ sign was located at the juncture between the main road and the part of Armenian Street where my stroll ended.Which means I had to walk to the other end of the street where I started my photography tour-:

My starting point for the photography tour-Armenian church.The man sitting over there is the security guard he saw me clicking this picture and when I went in he said ‘No photography allowed,else I will report to the police’.Nobody had threatened me like this before so I just wrote my name in the guest book and I proceeded inside.I tried to grab the opportunity to sneak some snaps like I usually do in places where photos are prohibited.But there were two other people watching me through a magnifying glass.The church was one of the most magnificent sights I have ever seen in my life.The floors had a checkerboard design.The prospect of having to leave this place without capturing a photo broke my heart,hence I requested the security guard who asked me to talk to the person in charge.Unfortunately,the person in charge politely declined my request stating that they wanted to preserve the calmness and cleanliness of the church which would be disturbed if crowds were attracted.He also stated that taking pictures and posting them online wilI definetly attract crowds.I had no other choice but to respect his wishes and leave.Hence,this is all I have.
Some random building which houses Armenians.I could here chanting from inside this building.It was too wide and tall to capture in one picture considering my skill level and camera device.Hence,you will see only part by part.
The door of the building
The other side of the building

Below are four pictures of bunches of fruits I captured at a roadside food stall.I love the way the fruit seller had arranged them,it was visually very appealing -:

I was unable to find an angle from which I could capture all the fruits in one picture.I was standing amidst a narrow road with scooters hooting and passing by me.
Behind the fence is St Mary’s Anglo Indian higher secondary school along with a co-cathedral.
St Mary’s Anglo Indian School
The gate of the school and the co-cathedral
Let me spoil this for you.There isn’t much to see in Armenian Street.So,I am showing you the same picture from different angles.
First time I am seeing flowers being sold outside a place that isnt a Hindu temple.
Flowers are used for rituals in Hindu temples.Hence,if you see flower vendors it’s a sign that there is some Hindu Temple nearby.
A historical building in which Syndicate bank is located
Unbestknown to me,Armenian Street is a popular commercial center.Here is the first traffic picture of this post.
The entrance to a Catholic Center
The building of the Catholic Center
A cycle cart parked at the juncture between the main road and the street.
Now we proceed to other part of this street.The orange building is home to LIC(Life Insurance Corporation) and a few banks.
The white building you see here is the same building that had the Armenian Street sign.It is captured from a different angle.
Despite it being in a dilapidated condition,I m just in love with this building
I usually don’t use the b/w filter but this building gave me the historical feels.Hence,I ended up doing it
It’s the lower part of the same building.I wonder who lives here.I hope not ghosts.
This building colour co-ordinates so well with the sky.
Wondering what that building was ?It’s a shopping complex.The security guards inside those stores thought I was taking their picture and wouldn’t stop glaring at me
My miserably failed attempt at capturing the entire building.
The YMIA(Young Men’s Indian Association) constructed by Dr Annie Besant.One of the greatest women’s rights activist during the Colonial era.
Coolie shop outside the YMIA building
The top part of the YMIA building
South India Corporation House-An importing agency.The top view of the building
The bottom view of the South India Corporation House
The Indian Institute of Logistics.

Yes my visit ended after this point even though I wanted to capture more pictures.

If you haven’t decoded the reason for my not so pleasant experience at this place yet,let me just tell you straightaway.

I read in a blog post that Armenian Street was one of the most quiet and peaceful areas of Chennai.I thought I would finally be getting a break from all the noisy areas I had been visiting all this while.But this turned out to be no different in fact even worse:there were dudes who would stop their bikes just to glare at me for taking pictures,in fact two of them even honked at me in the hope that their glare would stop my fingers from picture clicking.They don’t  own this street,so hence I continued clicking acknowledging that I don’t need anybody’s approval.

This time,I stopped to take pictures instead of clicking pictures while on motion which attracted a lot of unwanted attention.I had to pretend to be a professional photographer and tell people the same when they began probing me.

This street is very backward in time,people here still live in the 18th century

I have seen people posting pictures of corn and fish vendors on the street online.I came across a fish vendor on the street and asked her if I could take a picture of the fish frying in the huge vessel.Her reply was ‘unnaku yenna vera Vella illaya.Summa idhellam poi photo yedupiya.Yen nee unga amma samaikamothu ipdi thaan photo edupiya.Idhellam yeduka vendam po.Un veetle unga amma ve ketuta yedu’.(Translated from Tamil:Don’t you have any other work.Will you take photos of this and all or what ?Do you take photos when your mother cooks ?Don’t take photos of all this and get lost.Ask your mother’s permission to take pictures while she’s cooking at home).I understood her annoyance but isn’t it normal for people to take pictures these days ?Her two daughters looked at my phone in awe while I was clicking the pictures though.

Besides I had to ask the vendors if I could take because I realized that the pictures weren’t coming out too well when I captured them on the move in my previous posts.I am being ethical here.

I wore a western outfit today (a denim pant and a top).I thought this street was less conservative compared to the other areas I had been visiting.But nope,everyone looked at me like I was from another planet to the extent where I struggled to overcome the awkwardness I was feeling to continue clicking the pictures.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post.

If you would like to be a part of this journey do follow me on Instagram and Twitter.

If you would like to tell me something or would like to see a place in Chennai featured in this challenge do comment below.

Day 6’s post will be out on Tuesday.Stay tuned !


49 Replies to “Street Photography Challenge day 5:Armenian Street historical walk.”

  1. Great to see a post on Armenian street, hope we were the ones who suggested you this place. You are right, the street does have very less to offer in terms of photography, but the history behind it is fascinating when one discovers the monopoly that the Armenians had in trade routes between West Asia and India. Also, the Armenian church holds a Bible from the seventeenth century and a bell that was built by the person who built the Big Ben.

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    1. Yes I went by your suggestion only thanks.I saw the bell in the church but wow I didn’t know it was constructed by the person who constructed the big ben.No wonder the bell was so beautiful.I really wish I was allowed to take photos in the church 😦

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  2. Hello my dear! I loved these pictures so much! I really loved the Armenian church and the blue building. I am so sorry you had so much trouble from people, I appreciate all your efforts. Will you take some pictures of the markets? I love seeing the markets in different cities. Chennai is very pretty and gives me a calm feeling. Thanks so much. Be safe in your journeys


    1. Hey thank you so much for reading.i loved them both too.I really wish I had been allowed to take photos inside the church.Yes,things like these do happen in India it isn’t anything unusual 😦
      Yes,sure you will be seeing several market pictures in my upcoming posts.
      It is very pretty and it is a lot calmer relative to the other metropolitan cities in India and thanks for reading

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    1. Hey thank you Kanmani 😊It was clicked from my phone only.Thanks and even you keep writing blogs ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️


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